Course Offerings

Cinematography is known as the art of motion-picture photography. Cinematographers use controllable elements such as movement, visual composition and the nature of lighting to create the visual tone of a scene. In this advanced camera techniques course, students will shoot camera drills, gain insight on numerous technical setups and solve technical issues.

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 hold up to the competition.

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 introduction to documentary filmmaking is perfect for the independent filmmaker who is looking to learn industry techniques and best practices. This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of documentary film camera work.

Video testimonials often form the basis for many documentary films and news clips and have long been used by non-profit and for-profit enterprises for fundraising and promotional purposes. In this newly offered two-day workshop, students will develop the foundational skill-sets necessary to continue crafting content on their own that looks and sounds professional regardless of production budgets.

Every film is a puzzle that must be pieced together. A good editor will assemble a final piece that takes into account the continuity and fluidity of a film while giving it the necessary rhythm, structure, and pacing it deserves. There are countless choices an editor can make when piecing together a film but to truly understand the art of editing requires the same level of dedication and persistence any other art form might.

Documentary editors distill dozens – sometimes hundreds – of hours of raw footage into compelling, layered human stories. How do they achieve this alchemy? Discover the tools, techniques, and traits that today’s non-fiction storytellers need.

This is an exploratory, creative, and business-oriented workshop on the uses and benefits of found footage filmmaking. Found footage, also known as appropriated or remixed footage, refers to the act of transforming found or discovered moving images from one piece into a new piece of work.

If you’ve ever tried to explain your entire film to someone in one or two sentences you’ve probably realized that this can be quite challenging. Unfortunately, when trying to capture the attention of a producer or agent, you might only have a sentence or two worth of time to get your idea across.

With most editing sessions these days happening on filmmakers’ laptops, the potential for technical issues with a master file is significant. But what is a master file and more importantly what makes a good master file? These questions and more will be answered in Post-post production – meaning everything that takes place after editing.

Adobe's digital editing software has long been used by professional editors around the world. This course will provide students instruction on the complete process of editing on Premiere Pro, from organizing footage to uploading to the web. Topics covered include basic editing, trimming, transitions, titling, sound, color correction and an intro to special effects.

The secret’s out: Producers are the ones who make it all happen. Pre-production and proper planning are essential to a successful feature-length film. Lectures and seminars will use real production case studies to cover budgeting, scheduling, casting, releases, permits, soliciting investors, script breakdowns, hiring crew, coordinating post-production, festivals and distribution.

 

 

Writing For TV and Web Series is an introductory-level exploration of basic methods of TV and Web Series writing, which will develop the students' skills in presenting ideas in written form or TV, as well as internet-based formats for web series. Students will develop craft skills in: research, story development, scene structure, dialogue and character definition.

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

It's time to roll up your sleeves. This 8-week clinic will provide the individual attention, mentorship, and support needed to complete your feature narrative or documentary film script. Students will present their writing to the class for peer feedback and critique, guided by the instructor, and will be expected to revise their script regularly outside of class.

A great screenplay is comprised of much more than just a collection of great scenes. Introducing characters with mounting internal conflicts or story plots with rising tensions and competing tactics all make for exciting and memorable scenes to write. In this one-day master class, students will be introduced to and thoroughly examine 25 writing techniques including Dramatic Irony, Start Late/Get Out Early, and Plot Reversals.

Recording clean audio on location is often considered the “Achilles' heel” to many low-budget film productions. Unfortunately, poor audio can’t always “be fixed in post.” In this hands-on workshop, students will be taken through the recording techniques and responsibilities of a sound team while using professional microphones, and state-of-the-art mixers and audio recorders.

The art of a great movie title sequence is still alive and well in modern cinema. No more boring pre-designed title templates or simple white text on black backgrounds – take your film projects to the next level in this brand new one-day Title Design and Motion Graphics Workshop.