Four Week Film School

During this four week course students gain a solid foundation in film theory, learn to work both individually and with a crew, and by the course’s end, each create a short narrative or documentary film. This course will be a full immersion into every facet of filmmaking, from the development of an idea, through editing and finishing. Through lectures, in-class exercises, and projects, students will learn story structure, shot design, preproduction, set-etiquette, camera operation and movement, lighting design, composition and scene coverage, how to work with actors, audio acquisition, and post-production workflow.

Each student will gain first-hand experience working in a variety of roles such as writer, producer, director, assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, camera assistant, grip, gaffer, script supervisor, sound recordist, and editor. 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, and support one another on-set for the final productions, rotating through the major roles of a film crew, and getting a taste for the responsibilities of each. The overall emphasis of the class is cinematic visual storytelling and working with a crew to achieve a common goal.