Filmmaker's Week

Due to the pandemic, no residential pre-college programming will be offered in the summer of 2021 and plans for remote offerings are still being considered by the College. For details about this program for summer 2021, please fill out our inquiry form or check back here in January 2021.


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This one week course is an in-depth study of the filmmaking process from script to screen. Students will gain a better understanding of critical craft elements necessary for the success of any project. The one week Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar is designed as a comprehensive overview of the process of making films from script through Screening. Through informative seminars students will have the opportunity to explore the technical side of the process by reviewing camera, sound and lighting equipment. This seminar offers a great opportunity to explore and discuss film school options and what program might be best suited for your specific goals as you consider a career in the industry. This is a great course for anyone looking to learn what goes on behind the camera. The seminar will be presented by filmmaking professionals in their respective fields. Following is a sample schedule of what participants can expect throughout the seminar. This is an opportunity to explore career options and, more importantly, to ask questions!

We welcome students age 15 and older and are intended for both a pre-college and lifelong learning audience.

Sample Schedule

Classes will generally meet from 11am to 5pm EST. The exact daily schedule will be released closer to the program start date.

Day MORNING Session AFTERNOON Session
MON Introduction to Screenwriting Directing for the Screen
TUE Camera & Sound The Job of the Producer
WED Lighitng Directing for the Screen
THU Introduction to Screenwriting Editing Overview
FRI Story Pitch Session Film Festivals & Distribution
What's Next

Screenwriting: Story Development

The seminar will provide an overview of writing for the screen.

  • Cinematic Storytelling: The Foundation of Filmmaking
  • Good Stories vs. Good Movie Stories
  • The Mechanics of Moving a Story
  • Choosing a Narrative Structure
  • Techniques for Building Strong Characters
  • Common Story Pitfalls

A conceptual approach to the art and craft of writing for film. Emphasis is on writing from a visual point of view, as well as analyzing and exploring the elements fundamental to all styles of screenwriting. The goal of this class is to clear up the common misunderstandings that become obstacles to writing effectively for the screen and assist students in thinking visually.

Directing

Students will discuss the basic principles of film directing, from the breakdown of the script as the first stage of directing, to the analysis of the script from the director's point of view.

  • The Director's Task
  • What is Your Film About?
  • Getting to the Heart of Your Idea
  • Choosing a Form: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental  
  • Directing the Camera
  • Thinking Cinematically
  • Light as Expression
  • Staging a Scene
  • Moving the Camera

Introduction to Producing

The process of filmmaking is looked at from the producer's point of view. This session will explore the role of the producer and the process of putting together a film for production. Students will discuss financing options, budgets, scheduling, line-producing, production, and post-production as it relates directly with the responsibilities of the position.

  • The Business of Film
  • The Role of the Producer: Planning, Shooting, and Selling
  • The Laws Behind the Magic: Protecting Your Assets
  • Web Movies and Streaming Video: Marketing Your Shorts On-line

Fundamentals of Film Production

Getting all the parts to come together on a set is what we all work toward. What happens on a set?

Camera

This session provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of cinematography. Course will cover the practical use of cameras, lenses, and other tools of the trade. The emphasis will be on finding ways to visualize the story rather than just using equipment.

  • The Art of Motion Picture Photography
  • The Gear: Cameras, Tripods, & Lighting Equipment
  • The Relationship Between the Cinematographer and the Director

Lighting

This session, a continuation of the Camera session, will introduce the student to the basic vocabulary of lighting, including: lighting direction and formal definition, hard and soft light qualities, and the laws of light behavior. An overview of the role of the director of photography as the position relates to the filmmaking process.

What’s Next

  • Breaking In
  • Building Your Professional Film Portfolio
  • Finding Work on Crews, in Production Offices, and with Distributors

Program Costs

  • Registration Fee: $30
  • Deposit: $100
  • Remaining Tuition Day Program: $495
  • Total Cost: $625