AUBURN — Five central New York-area students became credited filmmakers in less than a week.
A group of aspiring auteurs scripted, shot and edited a short film in five days as a part of the Young Filmmakers Camp, a partnership between Auburn Public Theater and Cayuga Community College. The students were in a camp for high-schoolers July 15-19, while another 10 students were in a camp for middle-schoolers July 8-12. The students used the college’s equipment to make their films.
One organizer for the camp was Carey Eidel, the theater’s executive director, an instructor at CCC and an actor, writer and filmmaker with performing credits that include “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” He said the college’s humanities division chair, Steve Keeler, helped develop the idea. Eidel said they both talked to state Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and the Syracuse Film Office, among others, about crews increasingly filming in central New York in recent years. However, filmmakers coming to the area haven’t been finding the crews they feel they need to grow the local industry, Eidel said.