2019 On Set Experience



Registration Includes: 6 days of intensive training, 7 nights of lodging, 7 days food (Sunday supper to Sunday lunch), and transportation once you arrive at the event site.

Parental Consent: If you’re under 18, we ask that you print and send in the MU Parental Consent Form after completing your registration.

Alumni: If you have attended any of our programs in the past, you will have the option to apply to be in the department of your choice (first-come, first-served). After you sign up, we will contact you with details.

Registration Details



Registration Details:


July 21st – July 28th, 2019


Ellerslie Campus, 655 Southwood Lane, Windsor, CO 80550


The event begins with supper on Sunday (7/21/19). See below for more details.

Check Out:

Check out time will be Sunday afternoon (7/28/19) after lunch.



All lodging, meals, and most of the production will be held on site at the Ellerslie Campus. Specific room assignments (gender appropriate) will be determined by the logistics coordinator. Please let Lori Kenney know if you have a specific request of someone you would like to room with and she will do her best to accommodate.

Please Note: We want to make sure you have the best possible experience at our event, so we don’t allow offsite lodging (even if you know someone in the area).



All ground transportation will be taken care of once you arrive at the event. Lori will be contacting those who are flying with specific times (please do NOT book your flight until you hear from her). If you are flying, there will be a $40 service fee, which will cover transportation both from the Denver airport to the Ellerslie campus and back when you depart.



All of your food from the Sunday evening meal to Sunday lunch will be taken care of (including snacks available both at the lodge and on set). If you have any specific food allergies or needs, please contact Lori Kenney.

Age Requirement:


Our on set experience is for students ages 16+, but if you are under 16 you may be able to apply for a special exemption. Contact us for more information.



Only accepted in the case of family emergencies.

Crew Position Details:

You will have the opportunity to select your top 3 departments when you register, but it will be up to the teachers’ discretion who gets placed in what department for both the client film and the student film (unless you’re alumni).

These descriptions can vary from set to set, especially depending on the size of the crew.
On small sets, people sometimes wear many hats!



The director most often has the highest authority on a film set. Generally, a film director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative aspects of film-making.


A film producer creates the conditions for film-making. The producer initiates, coordinates, supervises, and controls matters such as hiring key crew members, communication, finding locations, and doing paperwork. The producer is involved throughout all phases of the film making process from development to completion of a project. 

First Assistant Director

The first assistant director (1st AD) assists the producer and director. The ultimate aim of any 1st AD is to ensure the film comes in on schedule while maintaining a safe working environment. They oversee day-to-day management of the cast and crew scheduling, equipment, script, and set. 

Director of Photography

The director of photography, or DP, is in charge of the look of the “frame” of the movie shots, hence the name “photography”. They are the chief of the camera and lighting crew of the film. The DoP makes decisions on lighting and framing of shots in conjunction with the film’s director. Typically, the director tells the DoP how they want a shot to look, and the DoP chooses the correct lens, filter, lighting and composition to achieve the desired aesthetic effect. 

Camera Operator

The camera operator uses the camera at the direction of the cinematographer, director of photography, or the film director to capture the scenes on film or video. Generally, a cinematographer or director of photography does not operate the camera, but sometimes these jobs may be combined. 

First Assistant Camera

The first assistant camera, 1st AC or focus puller, is responsible for keeping the camera in focus as it is shooting, as well as building the camera at the beginning of the day and taking it apart at the end. They also keep batteries charged and ready to go, and make sure the cards are organized. 


The gaffer is the head of the lighting department, responsible for the design of the lighting plan for a production. Sometimes the gaffer is credited as chief lighting technician. 

Location Sound Recordist

They are responsible for recording all sound recording on set during the production for later inclusion in the finished product (this can include dialogue and foley). This requires choice and deployment of microphones, choice of recording media, and mixing of audio signals in real time.

Production Designer

The production designer is responsible for creating the visual appearance of the film – settings, costumes, character makeup, all taken as a unit. The production designer works closely with the director and the director of photography to achieve the look of the film.