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Teen Video Boot Camp is a success

Lights, camera, video! A free Teen Video Boot Camp, the first-ever for Bloomington Community Access Television, gave participants, ages 12 – 17, a chance to study production from professional videographers. Ben Vinar of BCAT and Dietrich Nissen from the City of Edina’s SWTV showed 15 teens how to use professional video cameras and create short films. The teens divided into groups and worked together to select a genre, character and prop. Every student had the opportunity to act, direct, operate the camera and record audio. A screening for family and friends made a grand finish. 

The camp earned high marks from the teens participating in the program from June 25 – 29. “I liked learning about how to film and learning about sequencing and shots,” Anjali said. “It was fun to get a taste of behind-the-scenes work on a movie.” 

Three Teen Video Boot Camps were held this summer. Look for six short films (two films from each camp) on the BCAT16 channel, YouTube channel and Facebook page. Go to for information. 

Become a BCAT member

Interested in using the Bloomington Community Access Television studio and equipment? Become a member! Apply online at or call Communications Specialist Ben Vinar at 952-563-4980 for more information or to get started.