There’s a difference between just shooting footage with a handheld camera and really making a film.

On an end-of-camp survey, Carter awarded DMA the highest score possible for “overall camp experience.”

For Carter Kaess, one of our 2015 filmmaking camp students and our most recent DMA Success Story, that difference was what drew him to Digital Media Academy.

Fifteen-year-old Carter spent part of his summer with us at DMA. In early July, he attended one of our great tech camps at UC Irvine.

Here’s what he thinks about his experience:


Carter, what did you actually create at DMA tech camp?
We split up into small groups. My group created, recorded, edited and presented a short film about five HS students breaking into a school to get test answers. A sort of Mission Impossible theme.

Cool! How exactly did it make you feel when you completed your final project?
Accomplished!!! It was a great feeling when we finally completed our short film project and it actually wasn’t just filming friends skateboarding, but something you might see in a movie.

So what were the most fun things about attending DMA tech camp?
Using the high-tech cameras, learning new software and making new friends.

Did you make new friends at DMA camp this summer?
Meeting new friends was one of my favorite things. I became close with four new people. We all had a lot in common after we got past being shy.

DMA was really fun and I would love to go back.
– DMA Filmmaking Student Carter Kaess

Do you think you’ll use what you learned at DMA back at your regular school?
I’m in high school now, a freshman and am applying for the HS TV class called “MHSTV” (Marina High School TV) next year.

Would you like to come back to a DMA tech camp next summer?
DMA was really fun and I would love to go back.

And would you suggest DMA tech camps to your best friends and their parents?
Yes, I would recommend camp. It’s great fun if you’re interested in filmmaking and meeting people with your common interests.

This summer, let DMA help you discover your talent for filmmaking.


Digital Media Academy is a great place to learn about making movies. Whether you want to be part of a movie production crew or focus on some other aspect of filmmaking, DMA has you covered.

More and more people are starting to realize that documentaries are cool (especially documentaries streaming on Netflix).

Maybe you’d like to learn how to make documentaries?

Or perhaps you want to make visual effects for amazing blockbuster productions?

We’re only a couple of months away from DMA’s biggest camp season ever! Demand has been staggering, so we’re encouraging students and parents to go ahead and consider their summer options and register with us as soon as possible.

We’ll see you this summer at the movies. The movies you shoot!

Special thanks to DMA’s Rachelle Harding for coordinating this interview!