Reel Spirit Video Camps

Since 2013 KCFilmFest has partnered with the University of Missouri Kansas City, Communications Studies to offer REEL SPIRIT FILMMAKING CAMPS for upper elementary/middle school students. Both camps provide opportunities for students to conceive and create their own films, as a medium for empowerment, self expression and social change.  Held in the UMKC production studio of the Communications Studies Department and taught by Reel Spirit, Kansas City FilmFest International and University film professors, students work in teams of two in order to write, film, and edit their own short film. Learning opportunities include hands-on activities with brainstorming ideas, script writing, story boarding, using digital cameras, boom microphones, and computers for editing. 

Filmmaking 101       

Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12, 2019  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Student must be 10-14 years of age no later than March 1, 2019  

Instructors – Members of the Reel Spirit Team – Barbara Noble, Rebecca Palmer, Cindy Sheets, Linda Thee & Toni Travalent

Creating a film starts with a great imagination and a good story. Join a film crew and produce your own film during the 3 day “Reel” Spirit Filmmaking 101 Camp! Young filmmakers age 10-14 write, act, film, edit, and produce a film. Activities include use of digital camera, microphone, and computer. Lighting, sound, camera angles, voice, and special effects will bring your film to the big screen. No prior experience is necessary. Parents/Guardians invited to a camp film premiere.

Spotlight Workshop: Creating Special Effects with Make-up, Props & Green Screen

Lead Instructor – Special Effects Artist – Tab Treml

Thursday & Friday, June 13/14, 2019  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


New filmmakers are often lost on how to organize and produce visual elements for their projects.  Practical special effects and complicated props are usually expensive, therefore, sometimes out of reach for independent projects.  Drawing inspiration from recycled materials, professional special effects artist, Tab Treml, will guide participants through hands on construction of special effects using provided materials. Students will produce a short film clip to incorporate their creations. (Student filmmaking experience preferred)

Tab Treml is a Kansas City based practical effects artist, property artist, costume designer, and owner of Creature Feature FX. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, her work has been featured in several film, theater, fashion, and performance art . A few include: Mykki Blanco for Hood By Air at the Museum of Modern Art, All Creatures Here Below, Billionaire music video by Peaches. 



  • Filmmaking 101, student must be 10-14 years of age no later than March 1, 2019  
  • Summer Spotlight Workshop, students must be in 6th-9th grades (fall 2019-2020 school year)


  • Filmmaking 101 will be held Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12, 2019  
  • Summer Spotlight Workshop on Thursday-Friday, June 13-14, 2019 only. This session features professional special effects artist Tab Treml
  • Both Filmmaking 101 and Summer Spotlight Workshop classes will be held 9:00 am-3:00 pm daily.


UMKC Communication Studies Dept.                                                                                              Haag Hall Room 101                                                                                                                        5120 Rockhill Rd                                                                                                                         Kansas City, MO 64110


  • $150 prepaid/nonrefundable for Filmmaking 101 3-day camp only
  • $100 prepaid/nonrefundable for the 2-day, June 13-14, 2019 Summer Spotlight Workshop only
  • OR…Save by signing up one student for both camps…Filmmaking 101 and Summer Spotlight Workshop for only $225.  Five days of fun, friendships, and film!

Check, Money Order or Cashier Check only, written out to: Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee

Mail  Payment AND Completed Application Form to:

Reel Spirit c/o Wanda Hartter 717 NE Admiral Byrd Ln. Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

Don’t wait too long, limited spaces are available for the film camp and workshop.

A $10 late fee will apply if payment is received after May 31, 2019.  The Deadline has been extended.  

For all camp questions, contact Wanda @ Email: or

Call: 816-305-8745