Young Filmmakers Camp Coming Oct. 16-20

Writer / Kara Kavensky

The concept behind Darye and Dija Henry naming their creative company “The Blue House”, came from the fact that their first home was, well, blue. Their basement was a creative space for artist expression that included music and other forms related to art.

Darye, CTO of DeveloperTown Starts, grew up with a music studio of sorts in his mother’s house, so having a similar space for artistic passions, such as acting, art, music and film, seemed natural to share with their own children.

Dija, author ofI Dare You Not to Compare Yourself to Others”, has been a professional actress for 15 years performing in theater, film, commercials, print work and voice-overs. She has written and performed several plays including her one-woman show “Sweatpants & High Heels”, which was a featured show at the International Diva Festival. She’s performed all around the Midwest, as well as in New York City. Dija has also written, produced and performed in several short films that have screened in Los Angeles and Midwest festivals garnering several award nominations.

Her love of the entire creative process is what inspired her to create a film camp to share it with students.

“Our three children also inspire me,” says Dija, who has been nominated for her work as a short filmmaker. “I love the entire production and creative effort put into creating a film.”

This past summer, Dija and Darye held two different film camps, one for grade school and another for junior high students. During fall break for HSE schools this month, a week-long film course is geared toward high schoolers and will be held at Launch Fishers.

“Creativity through collaboration” is a theme with the Henrys, as they view meaningful education stems from an experiential learning process.

“There are 48 and 168-hour film festivals, and putting together a film at our camp in a week, is a similar and fun experience,” says Darye, who assists as needed with the camp.

“We begin with inspiration for story structures and writing concepts and lead up to a red carpet event at the end of the week,” Dija adds.

“One of the best parts is watching the blooper reel and the ‘behind the scenes,’” Darye says.

The element of entrepreneurship is emphasized. The films are sold, with the students, who are the producers of their film, earning royalty checks from what they have created.

The Young Filmmakers Camp is open to 9th-12th grade students during HSE’s fall break, October 16-20. To learn more, please visit

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