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Summer 2018 Film Camps

This summer Real Bean Education is offering four different film camps. Two parts each with two different weeks to choose from.

Part 1, Film Camp: Designed for all students, whether beginners or experienced, there is something for everyone to learn. During this week, you'll learn hands-on the basics of developing a script, using a camera, proper lighting and audio techniques, and more. Students will work together to produce a high-quality short film. Two different dates to choose from.

Part 2, Advanced Film Camp: Designed as an optional but encouraged continuation of Part 1, students will be thrust into film making on day one and are expected to have an understanding of the basics covered in the Part 1 course. During this week, you will get a more in-depth look at expert cinematography and lighting techniques, will learn about color grading and visual effects, will work with professional actors and will gain an understanding of how a big budget Hollywood film set works.

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Save $75 if you register before May 11!

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Location: Maple Ridge, BC

Ages: Students ages 12 - 19
Hours: Full Day, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

At the Part 1 Course, students will

  • Produce a short film from concept to post-production.
  • Learn how to use Digital SLR and other HD and 4K cameras.
  • Learn and work with professional audio and lighting equipment.
  • Learn about manual camera settings, such as shutter, exposure, white balance, and ISO.
  • Learn how to plan and prepare for shots.

At the Part 2 Advanced Course, students will

  • Produce a short film from concept to post-production.
  • Learn advanced cinematography and lighting techniques.
  • Work with professional actors.
  • Learn the ins and outs of operating a Hollywood film set.
  • Learn and work with visual effects.
  • Learn how to create unique and elaborate sets.
  • Learn how to adapt and apply what they learn to any low-budget project.

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More About Real Bean's Film Camps

With over 12 years experience running film camps in Canada and the United States, Real Bean Education's film camps are top-notch, professional, and fun! Students will learn from industry professionals who are actively working in Vancouver's thriving film industry. Some of the instructors have worked on the TV shows and movies that you know and love.

Real Bean Education is committed to giving students a taste of what film making is really like, giving students the opportunity to use professional equipment, and pushing students to create high quality masterpieces. At each camp, students will participate in all sorts of hands-on workshops covering various aspects of film making.

Our team of instructors are lead by Kyle Lawrence, a Directors Guild of Canada Director and member of the International Cinematographer's Guild. Kyle began producing 26 episodes of a television series at the age of 16 and later Directed and Produced two feature length films and a handful of short films. Kyle has worked on The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Beyond, Disney's Descendents, The Predator, Riverdale, Deadpool 2 and many other shows.

When available, we also bring in other working industry professionals to lead short workshops. This includes professional Grips, Stunts performers, Make-up artists, Playback Operators, Directors of Photography and other professionals who work on the big shows shot in Vancouver. At our Part 2 Advanced courses, students will work with professional actors when shooting their own short film.


Part 1 Film Camp

For Beginners to Advanced
Two weeks to choose from.

Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13
Ages 12 - 17

Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20
Ages 14 - 19



Part 2 Advanced Film Camp

Prerequisite: Part 1 Camp
Two weeks to choose from.

Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27
Ages 14 - 19*

Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17
Ages 14 - 19*


With all camps, there is a possibility of filming on the Saturday following camp, to ensure that students are able to complete their projects. Although this is not guaranteed, we appreciate if students are able to leave their Saturdays available, but understand if they can't. There is no additional charge if a camp runs on Saturday.

* - Exceptions will be made for 13 year old students who attend one week of the Part 1 Course
and who, during that week, demonstrate a high level of maturity.

Typical Schedule

  9:00 AM     Instruction Time
12:30 PM     Lunch Break
  1:00 PM     Instruction and Creation Time
  5:00 PM     Pick-Up

Students should bring their own lunch.

Camp Location

This summer's film camps are held in Maple Ridge, British Columbia at Colleen Findlay Place. Some days, while filming, we may be shooting at various locations in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, or Langley. If a filming location is not close by, we will coordinate car pooling with our instructors and other parents.


If you don't live nearby and plan on attending any of our camps, we do not provide housing, but can help arrange travel and lodging or a homestay / host home. For students traveling by themselves into the Vancouver International Airport or Abbotsford Airport, we can provide airport pick-up and drop off and can help arrange ground transportation and meal plans as well. However, please speak with us first before making travel arrangements.

Can Students attend the same Part more than once?

Of course! There are two distinct parts to our film camp, each part has two dates to choose from to help fit your schedule. However, if you'd like to attend both Part 1 weeks and/or both Part 2 weeks, you are more than welcome! The two Part 1 weeks will be mostly the same with some variations, and the same goes for the two Part 2 weeks. However, each week is molded based on the group of students for that week and each week may include different guest speakers or a different short film script. That said, we are positive that you will learn new things EACH week.

What is Covered?

Our camps focus primarily on the hands-on production aspects of film making. This includes pre-production (the preparations that go into each film) and the actual production of the film. While we do spend a little time covering post-production (editing, color grading, music, visual effects, etc.), we have found that it is usually not feasible to spend much time covering editing during the camp, as we try to focus on the aspects that will allow all students to participate. We normally don't spend much time covering the writing aspects of film making, unless we have a large group of students who are very interested in scriptwriting. During the first day of each week, our instructors will get to know the goals and interests of the students and will reshape the majority of the week around the interests of all students.

The Cost

Early Bird Price
(before May 11)

After May 11:

After July 1:

Some film camps charge over $1,000 / week and others pile on "technology fees" or other additional fees. Real Bean Education's goal is to provide high-quality film camps at a much more affordable cost - a single, all-inclusive cost. We hope to make these camps available to as many students as possible, charging just enough to cover the costs of operating each camp.

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Premiere Night

A Premiere Night will be planned for Saturday, September 15. All students and families from all camps will be invited to attend a premiere to watch the short films that students create during the week.

Editing the Short Films

The short films that students create during the film camps will be edited by our editing staff. Since we don't spend much time during the week on the editing process, we do have opportunities for one or two students to join our editors outside of the camp week in order to gain an understanding of editing and get some experience editing the short films that all students create.

What about Acting?

Students who are interested in acting will have the opportunity to act in the short films that are created at each film camp. However, please note that this camp does not focus much time on acting and is geared more toward Directing, Producing, and Film Making in general.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

We understand that plans change and things come up. If you've already paid and decide to cancel your registration, our refund policy is as follows:

Cancel less than 30 days after registration and more than 2 weeks before camp: 100% refund.

Cancel more than 30 days after registration and more than 2 weeks before camp: $5 administrative fee, but the rest of your payment will be refunded.

Cancel more than 72 hours but less than 2 weeks before camp: 50% refund.

Cancel less than 72 hours before camp: No refund. There are no refunds for no-shows.

Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis for extenuating circumstances.

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Real Bean Education Film Camps in Vancouver and Film Camps in Maple Ridge, BC. Summer Film Camps for Teens, ages 12 - 19. Register Online.