DAI Film Camp


Get started in becoming the filmmaker you dream of becoming!


We love sharing our knowledge in and passion for story and filmmaking and we want to help young people get started on their journey to becoming a filmmaker, writer, and video producer. We’ve developed curriculum for our film camps that helps a student become familiar with everything from telling a great and meaningful story to on-set film etiquette to using profession gear and tools of the trade. See below for what’s in the near future and always watch our calendar for weekend workshops and movie screenings.

2023 Summer Young Filmmaker Camp – June 19th to 23rd, 2023

Students learn from writer/director/producer Robb Rokk (aka Robb Smith) who founded Desoto Arts Institute in Southaven to make filmmaking education readily accessible to future filmmakers.

Students learn to craft great stories with excellence and professionalism while learning to be safe, knowledgeable, and valuable on set. This summer camp is a hands-on educational experience using professional gear in a working film studio.

Become a Filmmaker

  • Learn to craft a solid story
  • Learn film set etiquette
  • Learn production crew roles and responsibilities
  • Learn audio production and post-production
  • Learn editing principles and techniques
  • Learn basic VFX/CGI/Green Screen
  • Learn cinematography and lighting
  • Get hands-on experience with pro film gear

Use Professional Gear

  • Ursa 4.6k cinema camera package
  • Pocket Cinema 6k cameras
  • 16’ jib crane, dolly track
  • Remote pan and tilt head
  • Pro gimbals
  • Wireless follow focus, wireless video
  • Cinema lighting kits
  • Wireless audio kit, boom mic, and more


What: DeSoto Arts Institute Young Filmmaker Camp

Where: DAI Studios, 9099 Hwy 51 N, Southaven, MS 38671

When: June 19 to 23, 2023 – 1pm to 5:30pm

Who: Students Entering 7th to 12th grade

Cost: $175 per student

For more information and registration, please visit desotoartsinstitute.com/filmcamp

Register Now

We have 20 student slots. If we receive more than 20, we may add a morning class to the schedule. Get in early!

Contact Us

Please contact us with questions regarding our camp programs and your student. We’d love to meet you and have you and your student visit our studio.