Filmmaker's Week January 6–10, 2020

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Day Program

The one week course is an in-depth study of the filmmaking process from script to screen. With more hands-on opportunities and take-home assignments, 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. Along with informative seminars students will have the opportunity to explore the technical side of the process by getting hands on experience with 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. This seminar will be presented by filmmaking professionals in their respective fields and will take place in New York City. 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!

Sample Schedule

Sessions begin at 10 a.m.

Day MORNING Session AFTERNOON Session
MON Introduction to Screenwriting
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Directing for the Screen
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
TUE Hands-On Camera & Sound Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Job of the Producer
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WED Hands-On Lighitng Workshop
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Directing for the Screen
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
THU Introduction to Screenwriting
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Editing Overview
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FRI Story Pitch Session
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Film Festivals & Distribution
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What's Next 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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: $595

Breakfast and lunch is available to purchase a la carte from the Barbara Walters Campus Center Dining Pavilion. Food service on campus is not available after 3:30pm. Students are welcome to bring their own meals to campus for this program.

Evening Program

The evening seminar is designed as an overview of the process of making films from script through Screening. Students will have the opportunity to explore technical aspects of the process by getting hands on experience with camera, and lighting equipment. Students will gain a better understanding of critical craft elements necessary for the success of any project.

This seminar is ideal for anyone looking to learn what goes on behind the camera and 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.

Following is a sample schedule of what participants can expect throughout the week.

Sample Schedule

Sessions begin at 6 p.m.

Evening 6–7 p.m. 7–9 p.m.
MON The Filmmaking Process Overview Introduction fo Screenwriting
TUE Directing for the Screen Directing for the Screen
WED Hands-On Lighting Workshop Camera Demonstrations
THU Editing Overview Editing Overview
FRI The Job of the Producer Film Festivals and Distribution

Introduction to Screenwriting

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 for the Screen

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 an Idea
  • Choosing a Form: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental

Directing the Camera

  • Thinking Cinematically
  • Staging a Scene
  • Moving the Camera

Hands-On Workshop: 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 Gear: Cameras, Tripods, & Lighting Equipment
  • The Relationship Between the Cinematographer and the Director

Hands-On Workshop: 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.

The Job of the Producer

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

What's Next: Film Festivals and Distribution

Breaking In

  • Festivals / Distribution
  • Building Your Professional Film Portfolio
  • Finding Work on Crews, in Production Offices, and with Distributors
  • Film School vs. "Go Out & Shoot"

Program Costs

  • Registration Fee: $30
  • Deposit: $100
  • Remaining Tuition Evening Program: $325

Breakfast and lunch is available to purchase a la carte from the Barbara Walters Campus Center Dining Pavilion. Food service on campus is not available after 3:30pm. Students are welcome to bring their own meals to campus for this program.