The demand for qualified filmmakers continues to grow. This hands-on workshop is for new filmmakers, film students, graduates and those who have yet to make their first film or work professionally in film and video. This four-week course teaches students how to make their own films using professional tools and processes. Students learn cinematic language, storytelling, screenwriting, storyboarding, casting, and directing actors in dramatic scenes. Participants research, write, produce, and edit a number of projects including documentaries, music videos, and tv commercials over the four weeks.
Each student gains first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as producer, director, production manager, assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, script supervisor, sound recordist and editor. Blocking, camera movement, pov, screen direction, scene coverage, lighting, set safety and etiquette are all covered.
The emphasis is on narrative, film-style production, with students using HD video and DSLR cameras from Canon. Students also learn the entire post-production process, including an introduction to Apple's Final Cut Pro non-linear editing software, sound track design and titling. There are lectures, critiques, screenings and discussions of technical, procedural, aesthetic and ethical issues. Afternoons and evenings are comprised of demonstrations, exercises and projects in the field and studio. Students may pursue personal projects and specific career paths, gaining experience in production.