Apple Retail Announces 2013 Summer Filmmaking Camps for Kids

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As it has in prior years, Apple is offering free summer camps for kids 8-12 at its retail stores, this year focusing on filmmaking with iMovie. The classes span three days, 90 minutes per day, with an introduction to the basics of movie making, GarageBand on the iPad, iMovie on the Mac, and then a film festival on the third day to screen movies for family and friends. The screenings are optional.

    Apple also provides an optional, one-hour Parents Workshop on the first day that teaches parents how to set up parental controls on Apple devices.

    The first groups begin in mid-July, running through early-August. Some stores are already filling slots, but others have wide-open availability.

    Interested parents can register for sessions on Apple's website for U.S. and Canadian stores, while parents in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, can register to be notified when registration opens in their countries.

    Article Link: Apple Retail Announces 2013 Summer Filmmaking Camps for Kids
  2. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    I wish there is an Apple Store close by!

    The closest Apple Store to Melbourne, Florida (where I live) is in Orlando (1 hour drive), and they have two stores within a 10 minute drive! Yikes.
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2012
    Poor AAPL!

    NO matter what you do, Stock is still going lower :D

    Get some interesting news like Steve Jobs is coming back................................ by 3D printing :p
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2009
    Thank you for posting this.

    This UK father, for one, has just registered to be notified, since my 11-year old girl and 8-year old boy would love this.

    And, yes, I have to drive an hour to my local Apple store (UK - Bluewater) - just hope they choose to run it at that venue :)
  5. macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    The closest Apple Store to St. John's, Newfoundland (where I live) is in Halifax (20 hour drive including 9 hour ferry), next one is Quebec City (10 hours further), and after that there are four in Montreal (2.5 hours).

    TL;DR Man up.
  6. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
  7. macrumors 68040

    Sep 20, 2006
    Aussie living in Canada
  8. macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2012
    Providence, RI
  9. macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2003
  10. WMD
    macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida, USA
    Yeah, when a computer movie made in ~3 hours was cool. :D

    But seriously though, when I think of "summer camp," it's something that lasts all day (so parents can leave their kids somewhere). This doesn't seem to fit the bill.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2011
    You really do have a poor sense of humour.

    And low stock≠doomed company.
  12. macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    Wow! Our local Apple store sold out in under 2 hours!

    Without this post, I'd've never known about it, but even with this post, I was just able to secure the last possible wait list spot at my local Apple store! Just 2 hours after this article posted.

    Is there a specific time this is announced each year? Is it always June 20th?
    Thanks for any info. There was little on the website.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2007
    not great

    I took my kid to this last summer. Two days of standing around waiting for the apple employees to figure out why things weren't working. Importing simple video files on to their iPads took them most of the session time to figure out. I ended up going home, importing the footage, helping him edit it for the "film festival" on the weekend no thanks to the apple people. It was a total letdown.

    Hopefully, those of you going will have a better experience.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Smart forward thinking marketing by Apple; get their future customers interested in the products while they're young.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    The sign ups started yesterday. I signed two of my kids up for it. In previous years it had filled up before i had a chance.
  16. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2009
    Yeah, in two 90 minute sessions I'm sure kids are going to learn how to make something truly magical :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2010
    I was in my local Apple store last month and a school had taken a field trip there with about 50 10 year-olds and they were being taught how to shoot/edit videos with iPads. It was hilarious to watch as you had kids falling onto the ground (action scenes), others coming up and filming you and then getting embarrassed and walking away, customers unknowingly making acting debuts in these kids films, etc. I have never seen so many smiles on everyone's faces ... was a riot to watch:)

    P.S. It must be true that Apple stores pretty much allow anything and everything as the other day there was this guy with headphones plugged into a iPod Touch performing full dance moves in the corner of the store, people were gawking and staring and the Apple employees just acted like it was no big deal. Got to hand to them...
  18. macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    Which store was this?

    I'm curious, duskyyouth, in which store did you have this bad experience?

  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  20. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nope. Can't leave them for five minutes. At least not in the US where Apple Stores don't agree to act in loco parentis due to liability issues.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2003
    Missed out last year, but managed to get two grandkids enrolled this year.

    I don't expect miracles, but I believe that the kids will have fun, learn a bit and, in the end, drive their parents nuts. WHich is what grandparents are for.
  22. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Two 90 minute FREE sessions. Geesh, lets call Apple and tell them not to bother since clamnectar doesn't approve.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2009
    keep reviews from last year's camps coming
    - bit of a drive for me, so on the fense as the whether to take kids... thanks
  24. macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2006
    Wow. I signed up to get the notification from apple when it was available. I didn't get an email. I learned about it on macrumors. 9 of 12 sessions were full this morning when I signed up.

    It isn't the most sophisticated of filmmaking workshops, but it gets the kids out of the house and doing something fun. If nothing else, last year the kids got a t-shirt and a flash drive bracelet.

    They expect you do do all your filming at home on your idevice (or other camera). In the store it is just planning, and editing.

    I actually thought day 3 - watching the "films" was the most painful. 10 minutes of some other person's kid jumping on a trampoline, or 5 minutes of some other kid's dog wandering around the house. Total disregard for the 2 minute long max.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2012
    Exactly...No matter what Apple does there is always some stupid critic who complains over a FREE class. Unbelievable!!!!!

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