Immerse yourself in this hands-on course covering all aspects of the art and craft of film and video production.

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The demand for individuals with the skills and knowledge required for film and 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 the field. During this four week course students gain a solid foundation in film theory, learn to work both individually and with a crew. By the course’s end, everyone will create a short narrative or documentary film.

This course will be a full immersion into every facet of filmmaking, all the way 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, cinematography, lighting design, composition and scene coverage, working with actors, audio acquisition, and editing & 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.

In Addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of the Spring Semester of the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking!

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Created by John Shelley, 4-Week Film School 2019

Winter/Spring 4-week lodging and meal package available for $2100, private room, private bath. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $150/wk. Plan to arrive on Sunday afternoon/evening to be rested for your workshop which will begin Monday morning, following registration. Workshops will end late Friday afternoon. Lodging is booked for a Saturday departure at the end of the 4 weeks..

Image Credits:  Owen Weaver, David Martinez

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Instructor: Alex Burnett

Alex Burnett is a New England-based filmmaker and editor who has worked within the worlds of narrative fiction, documentary, experimental cinema, and virtual reality. Having worked as an editor for National Geographic, the NFL, Colgate University, Vitec Group, and Schiempflüg NYC, he has experience with a vast range of companies and artists. His passion lies in creatively tackling the many challenges that come with telling stories through film.