Video Produced & Edited by John Tompkins, BAYCAT Academy Alumnus

Summer 2017 Classes Begin June 12th

Film Production and Graphic Arts & Animation

Session Dates

June 12th – August 3rd


Mondays – Thursday (4 days per week)


1:00pm – 5:00pm

Youth Media Classes

Ages 11 – 17 Years

Imagine yourself directing a music video, recording beats, or shooting a documentary. Now stop imagining and make it happen.

At BAYCAT ACADEMY,  dreams can come true. You’ll be in a class with other creative kids and super cool instructors who are real pros.

Together, we’ll create an episode of BAYCAT’s long-running TV show Zoom In, and you’ll  choose an area of interest to specialize in — using the latest in digital technology.

And it’s free!

We want to work with you! Sign up for a class today!

What Track Will You Take?

Documentary Filmmaking

You will learn the fundamentals of documentary theory and criticism and the basics of filmmaking techniques. By working on various projects, you will learn how to conduct interviews, work with DLSR cameras & lighting, and editing in Premiere Pro.
Music Production

You will learn to make beats, record sound and vocals, and digitally edit audio tracks. The class will cover musical arrangement, songwriting, and production in ProTools.
Music Video Production
You will learn the history and theory of music videos and will work on a series of music videos, while mastering the skills of cinematography, lighting, art direction, editing and more.
Graphic Arts

You will learn the basics of graphic arts using Adobe software, and will build up to design and create special effects and motion graphics in collaboration with the filmmaking students.
Motion Graphics

You will learn the basics of motion graphics using Adobe After Effects, and will build up to design and create and graphics and title sequences in collaboration with the filmmaking students.

What Youth Media Producers Say

Meet Your Instructors and Mentors

Taking a class at BAYCAT Academy is a great way to learn new and useful skills but it’s also FUN. We have our talented instructors to thank for that. You will learn from experienced digital media professionals with a passion for training the next generation.

Here they are:

<p style="text-align: center;">Carla Orendorff</p>

Carla Orendorff

Film Instructor & Youth Mentor

Carla is an artist, educator, and documentary filmmaker who weaves her passion for storytelling with her commitment to the transformation of everyday life in the city. Growing up in Los Angeles, she was inspired by the stories of her grandmother who quietly grew gardens from concrete cracks of industrial rivers with her hands. She has taught filmmaking classes with hundreds of young people in collaboration with organizations throughout Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

<p style="text-align: center;">Amber Yada</p>

Amber Yada

Graphic Arts & Animation Instructor

Amber has dreamt of becoming an animator since she was 7 years old. In high school, she attended the month-long California State Summer School for the Arts, at CalArts in Valencia, where she discovered that a career in animation was not just a dream, but a real possibility. At BAYCAT, Amberhopes to echo that experience for the youth in our programs. After studying at SFSU and CCSF, she started at BAYCAT in 2009, leaving in 2010 to focus on raising a baby. Amber is overjoyed to return to where her heart is. When not at BAYCAT she is playing rainbow-cat-unicorns with her daughter, watching obscure animation, and advocating for educational equity for all SF students. She still has a VHS player and lots of video tapes.

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