Thursday, April 26, 2018


Hello Friends and Fiends!

I'm writing to you today with an exciting announcement, one that I'm simply just over the moon about. This summer, I'm partnering up with Pittsburgh Filmmakers to work with them, and a bunch of talented young ladies, on a summer camp titled: Girls Remake Horror. The instructors and I will be focusing on all aspects of filmmaking, and I personally will be focusing on the history of the horror genre and writing for horror, both on and off screen (with some fun exercises to boot!). For those of you who are local to the area and might have children (or know friends who have children who might be interested), below are the camp details, all of which promise a bloody good time. Link included above.

But wait! I forgot the best part!

The final product that the students will be working on--a short film--will be presented as part of Pittsburgh's Celebration of George Romero and Night of the Living Dead this October.


Camp Description:

Traditionally, horror films are written and directed by and for men. In 2018, the 50th anniversary of “Night of the Living Dead”, this two-week intensive camp invites high schoolers who identify as female to re-imagine the genre. Students will receive instruction in the history of horror cinema and in basic filmmaking techniques. Then, instructors who also work in the field as professional filmmakers and horror writers will guide students through the process of writing, shooting and editing a short horror film. The final product will be presented as part of Pittsburgh’s celebration of “Night of the Living Dead” and George Romero in October.

Camp Details:

Camp Dates: July 23 through August 3.
Days/Times: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4pm
Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Avenue in North Oakland. 
Cost per student: $725/$750
Instructors will include professional filmmakers and film historians from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers faculty. All equipment will be provided. Each student will receive a copy of the finished film after its premiere in October.

Learning Outcomes:

Effective horror writing
Directing actors
Camera work/shot choice for horror mood
Lighting for horror mood
SFX makeup
Sound recording and mixing
Editing with Premiere
Exposure to strong female role models in the film and media industries
Increased self-confidence, personally and professionally
Diverse representation in the media
Ability to give and receive constructive criticism about creative work
Speaking and presentation skills
Networking techniques