Overview

Get a hands-on experience with filmmaking — explore the fundamentals of the craft and learn how to document stories and make movies with everyday equipment.

Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to create and distribute moving images with little more than what fits in your back pocket. This workshop-formatted course is designed to make filmmaking accessible, through use of everyday equipment, including smartphones. Students will explore the fundamentals of the art and craft of film production through hands-on moviemaking exercises and the team execution of a short film project. The course will drive creativity and ingenuity, as the focus will be on making films quickly with whatever resources are available.

Participants will use both classroom work and field trips to explore the creative process of taking an initial idea to a finished product, including character development, dialogue and storyboarding, scene structure and the elements of a production team. Students will also discuss the business of working in the film and television industry.

This course will cover the fundamental aspects of the art and craft of writing for the screen. Students will learn practical writing elements through workshops and hands-on moviemaking exercises with everyday equipment, including smartphones. Participants will use both classroom work and field trips to explore the creative process of taking an initial idea to a finished product, including character development, dialogue and storyboarding, scene structure and the elements of a production team. Students will also discuss the business of working in the film and television industry.

Site Visits:

Visits may include working film sets in New York City and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Past guest speakers include:

  • Screenwriters, actors, directors and producers working in the field
  • Clarissa De Los Reyes, Cinematographer
  • Josh Young, Film Editor

Who Is This Program For?

This course is for aspiring screenwriters, lovers of film, young playwrights and anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of dramatic writing and cinema. The class welcomes all students — from those who are curious about the field but have no prior experience to those who already have one (or more!) screenplays in the drawer, waiting to be developed. Each student will begin and finish work on a rough draft of a short screenplay.

Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of course leaders.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,150.00* ($5,750* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 2: June 23 - July 05
  • TYPE Intensive
  • LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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