The demand for people with the skills and knowledge required for film and HD video production 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 production. This four-week course teaches students how to make their own short films, both as individuals and with a small crew, using professional tools and processes. Students learn the process of film production as well as the cinematic language, standard script-structure, storyboarding, casting, and the basics of directing actors. Participants conceive, research, write, produce, direct, and edit film projects such as short-form documentaries, short narrative films, music videos, and commercials for web and broadcast over the four weeks.
Each student gains first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as writer/producer/director, assistant director, production manager, director of photography/camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, swing, script supervisor, location sound engineer, and editor. Blocking, lighting, shot-design, camera-movement, scene-coverage, location scouting, workflow, set safety, and etiquette are covered.
The overall emphasis of the class is cinematic visual storytelling and working with a crew to achieve a common goal. Students also learn the post-production process, including an introduction to Apple's Final Cut Pro X, and/or Premiere Pro non-linear editing software, basic sound-design, and the process of exporting high quality final projects for web, broadcast, or theatrical release. There are lectures, critiques, screenings and discussions of technical, procedural, aesthetic and ethical issues. Class time is comprised of demonstrations, exercises, and group projects in the field and studio. Students use evenings for writing and planning individual and group projects. Students may pursue personal projects and specific career paths, gaining experience in production.
Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $1900. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $500.