Course Offerings

In an era of digital, real FILMmaking is still incredibly valuable, both for aesthetic reasons and professional flexibility. The class covers: shooting with Bolex H16 Cameras, exposing film with Sekonic incident light meters, cutting with Ciro Tape Splicers, editing with Zeiss Moviscop viewers, and screening your footage with Pageant Projectors.

Special effects have become a core part of film, television, Web, and interactive forms of entertainment. Green screen keying, manipulating video images, animating photos, moving title sequences, and 3D Z-axis animation are some of the standard techniques of today's filmmaking.

A class for film buffs and filmmakers alike. Learn about the art and style of film in this formal exposure to the aesthetics of film. An introductory week will provide an overview, outline the history of film, and discuss concepts of film style in relation to narrative, acting, and theme.

The second Golden Age of Television is upon us. WGA figures tell us just 1,799 writers made money from screenplays in 2016. More than twice that many made money from TV. Gross writer receipts for TV writers were almost triple that of screenwriters. In the Marvel Universe-era, many talented writers have fled to television with original ideas the Studios would never make today.

This one day seminar will explore the art of recording professional picture and sound in a documentary interview setting, and interviewing techniques.  Topics will include: Preparing for the interview, Equipment,  Lighting the interview, Audio, Camera placement and Backgrounds. Also, how to put subjects at ease.

Creating great moving images is an art by itself. Learn how to use cameras and lights for a variety of applications. Digital camera operations will be examined in detail with an emphasis on imaging devices, lens options, shooting techniques, 16 mm comparisons, and technical and aesthetic differences. Lighting fundamentals will incorporate camera strategies with the 3-point lighting philosophy and classic lighting styles.

Truth is often stranger than fiction, and there seems to be no better time than the present to become a documentary filmmaker. Discover the techniques and styles best suited for your documentary idea and then shape that idea into a work that can be funded and competed.

Our basic production course is designed to cover key concepts and practices for making a film or video project. Topics include a thorough introduction to the professional DV camera, important aspects of lighting, sound, shot composition, camera movement, visual storytelling devices, working as a filmmaking crew, and editing.

This is our basic production course designed to cover key concepts and practices for making a film or video project. Topics include a thorough introduction to the professional DV camera, important aspects of lighting, sound, shot composition, camera movement, visual storytelling devices, working as a filmmaking crew, and editing.

This course will cover basic elements of directing, helping students communicate their vision to cast and crew. Exploring aesthetics, text analysis, and dramatic concepts, the course will specifically emphasize the relationship between the director and the actor: building effective communication, evaluating performance, and understanding the rehearsal process.

Apple's digital nonlinear editing software has long been used by professional editors around the world. This course will provide students instruction on the complete process of digital editing on Final Cut Pro X, from logging footage to mastering onto DVD to uploading to the web. Topics covered include basic editing, transitions, titling, sound, filter usage, and an intro to editing aesthetics.

Come learn new format used by industry professionals and independent filmmakers alike. This technology is now becoming available at the Prosumer and consumer level. Demand for 4K content is on the rise. We will cover all the aspects of 4K video: Development, Pre-production, Production, Post and Exhibition. Topics include purchase/rental of cameras, software, and displays.

This monthly workshop is designed to give filmmakers guidance and support for completing a documentary in progress. Bring in a treatment, proposal, trailer, edited scene, or production problem; our highly qualified instructor/successful veteran documentary filmmaker will help evaluate your progress and plan next steps.


Adobe's Premiere Pro editing software is quickly becoming the preferred choice of many professional editors, due to its compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite and the ability to work natively without quality loss or timely rendering. This course provides instruction on the complete process of digital editing in Premiere Pro, from logging footage to outputting finished projects.

First impressions are everything! As a producer, it's your job to sell your story to potential investors, donors, and audiences alike. This is our standard Producing course, with a twist. Delve into the art of the pitch with this five-week focus.

It's time to roll up your sleeves: this clinic will provide the individual attention, mentorship and support needed to complete your feature film script. Students will present writing to the class for feedback and critique, and are expected to work on their script regularly outside of class. Discussions about developing character, plot and structure will help students effectively utilize story models for their own scripts.

Want to translate your idea into a feature film? This course covers the fundamentals of writing a feature-length screenplay and is designed for beginning students and writers. Through screenings, outside readings, discussion, and critiques, students will engage with such issues as character development, dialogue, structure, narrative progression, and what to do with a finished screenplay.

Recording clean audio on location is a tricky job and often the Achilles' heel to many low budget productions. This workshop will cover audio recording and microphone techniques using professional microphones and state of the art flash memory audio recorders.