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. This course will cover the fundamental aspects of making a truly independent “DIY” film, working as a team to bring an idea to life on the screen. Students will explore the fundamentals of the art and craft of film production through hands-on moviemaking exercises and 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.

This course is for students who want to collaborate, leveraging their creative, technical and organizational skills. 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.

Course Highlights

Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

• Students will receive a hands-on experience in film production through workshops and exercises. Students will learn editing techniques and how to add post-production elements to create a polished final product. With the knowledge gained in the course, students will be able to add a quality feel to their DIY films.

• Students will gain invaluable advice from an industry professional and receive input and feedback on their work throughout the course.

• 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!) films shot, waiting to be further developed. Students will gain collaborative, technical and organizational skills, regardless of experience level.

• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Museum of the Moving Image, working film sets in New York City and New York University. Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Felipe Vara de Rey (Filmmaker & Cinematographer), Cait Cortelyou (Producer and Writer ), Naomi McDougall Jones (Producer, Writer & Actress), Erin Greenwell (Editor) and Ritesh Batra (filmmaker).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

  • PRICE $5,225* ($5,825* for residential students)
  • DATES Term 2: June 21 - July 3
  • 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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