dakotaabigail.jpgI remember when directors and writers only consulted kids about screenplays. (That’s how John Hughes birthed Home Alone). Now the rug rats are writing the scripts themselves. The UCLA Armand Hammer Museum has started a free “Screenwriting Camp” for kids ages 10-14 this month. Here’s the description: “For three weeks in July, adolescent screenwriters will work with Hollywood professionals to write and produce one monster of a short film. Professional screenwriters will teach the students what makes a screenplay tick; later on, the students will cast professional actors (or act themselves), manage props and set equipment, and then shoot their short yet sweet film. Last, but certainly not least, they’ll screen their film at a small gala in Venice, Ca..” The non-profit organization that sponsors it is “826LA” dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills. I’m told this summer’s Screenwriting Camp has five kids in attendance.