Curriculum

A typical semester for the filmmaking curriculum is detailed below:

Students will write, produce and edit at least 5 short films, focusing on a different assignment each cycle. They will outline and write a thesis short film, and write a treatment for a full-length feature.

Day 1
With a screenwriter, students will watch a film from one of eight styles of ducumentary filmmaking. the film will be analyzed to reveal writing tricks used by the screen writer to move the audience through the story. That night, the student will go home and write a treatment that will use one of the writing tricks learned that day in class.

Day 2
The class will be divided into groups of four. Each group will consist of a director, producer, camera and sound person. the students rotate to serve in each of these capacities. As a group, students select a treatment and go into pre-production. They secure locations, actors, props, wardrobe and they will shot list the scene.

Day 3
Each group will shoot scenes with equipment provided by the school.

Day 4
Their instructor analyses all shot footage for screen direction, coverage, light, acting, and composition.

Day 5
The raw footage is edited into a complete scene and final cut is reviewed.

Master Workshops
Four intensive workshops on the topics of screenwriting, camera and coverage, interview techniques, editing, producing, managing post-production and distribution will be provided during the year.

Spring-the second semester
The Spring semester is all about production. Students direct their short thesis films and manage the entire pre- and post-production process. The final edit of each film will debut at a short film festival. Students are also required to work as a crew on two of the clasmates thesis films. In addition, they will write the first draft of a treatment for a full-length feature.

Master Workshops
Two intensive workshops, post-production (including contractual agreements for distribution) and guerilla filmaking.

Total Credits: 33

Pricing: TBD