PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- The camera rolls at the sixth annual Joey Travolta Film Camp for kids and adults with autism at Winchester Thurston School in Shadyside.
The brother of actor John Travolta is a director and Special Ed teacher.
"The camp is about giving young people with autism an opportunity, a voice, an outlet," Travolta says. "Teaching life skills, social skills, having fun, through the art of filmmaking. We break them into three groups. Each group makes a film, and every year we have a theme."
This year it's a courtroom theme. They learn every aspect of filmmaking, from script, to camera, to acting. Teachers like Barry Pearl, a star of the classic film "Grease," help the young actors through a scene they created themselves.
If something goes wrong, they don't just look the other way. If a bottle appears on the set when it shouldn't, they shoot the scene over. No pampering.
Nicholas Lauer, in the role of drag queen, and Kendall Brown as a pajama-clad singer, say the two-week camp offers a sense of camaraderie.
"I was more of, you know, how am I going to fit in this," Nicholas says. "Because I feel as if sometimes I like to be sort of more anti-social, as one who doesn't want to, but here I feel confident enough to talk and stuff."
"You find people that have the same issues as I do, and we can relate to each other, and we can understand what kind of issues we have," Kendall adds.
Travolta says they lose all fear of failure.
"They just go for it," he says.
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