Back Street Studios (Summer Camp)

Summary of organization/program

Backstreet Studios is a secondary school summer camp program. It is a fun and unique Film and Television course offered at Brookswood Secondary. As an elective course for students, they constantly strive to give an insight to the film world for those who are interested.

Contact information


Brookswood Secondary School, Summer Video Camp 20902 37A Avenue, Langley, BC V3A 5N2






Geographic region

  • Local


  • Students currently in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 who can pay for the program.

History/Background Information

Since: 1995

Umbrella Organization: Yes (Brookswood Secondary School)

Backstreet Studios has done very well within various film festivals provincially, nationally and even internationally. Since 1995, students have been improving their talent that’s recognized not just locally.

Carl graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in film and theatre production. After continuing his studies in film production at Concordia University in Montreal, Carl received his Bachelor of Science and teaching degree from BC’s Simon Fraser University.

Carl has been involved with the BC Art Teachers Association as their Media Representative and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the BC Student Film Festival. Following his creation of the film program at a Maple Ridge secondary school, Carl took over as teacher and program coordinator of Brookswood Secondary School’s acclaimed film and video production program.

Dominant Media Forms

video production


  • The program aims to foster the development of “employable skills”
  • Students learn how to operate cameras and how to script and edit their videos. More importantly, though, the program teaches the importance of time management, organization, planning, teamwork, and problem solving. Students also develop skills related to adaptability, flexibility, work ethic, love of learning, support of peers, creativity, high performance standards, professionalism, leadership, and responsibility. This program provides an effective learning environment for students to learn employable skills.
  • The life skills termed “employable skills” by employers are what this hands-on program delivers. These are the skills that assist people in any career; they cannot be learned in a lecture.

Statement of Principles


  • The Summer Video Camp has been developed to offer an opportunity for young people to learn how to create their first video in a fun, hands-on environment. They provide a low student-to-team leader ratio to ensure that each participant learns as much as possible. Students will gain experience with the use of video cameras, computer editing systems, sound equipment, and more.
  • BackStreet’s innovative approach inspires young people while giving them an opportunity to express themselves. They teach skills that can be used on the job in any field, along with technical and production skills well suited to the television industry.
  • Here is a summary of what you will learn throughout the week:Production planning involves organizing and planning the production of your video before you begin filming. We’ll teach you how to brainstorm an idea and take it from your brain to paper to video! Did you know that scripting and storyboarding are important steps to take for a successful video? We’ll teach you how to write a script and storyboard properly so that your video is effective.Camera techniques can make or break a successful video. We’ll teach you about shot composition, exposure, and proper camera movement. Filmmakers who use these techniques avoid creating boring and predictable films!Computer editing knowledge and the proper use of software are key skills for today’s filmmakers. In just one week we’ll show you how to use iMovie for all of your future projects! Each student will have the opportunity to complete tasks such as logging clips, adding music and sounds, and experimenting with various editing effects.

Introduction and a tour of studio
Camera technique workshop
Scavenger Hunt with cameras
Group formationTUESDAY:
Idea generation workshop
Creating an effective story workshop
Scriptwriting and brainstorming session
Begin script outlines & storyboardingWEDNESDAY:
Editing workshop
Location scouting
Complete scripts and storyboards
Lighting and sound workshops
Begin production shoot

Complete production shoot
Log and capture footage
View rough cuts

Completion of editing
Film screening in studio
Parents Encouraged to Attend!

Samples of work


Funding Sources

  • Participants must pay a fee to take part in the program – $250 per participant