SEMESTER ONE OVERVIEW
Beginning on day one, students participate in an intensive sequence of classes in Film Directing, Screenwriting, Lighting, Digital Editing, Directing Actors and Production Workshop. They extend and deepen their in-class learning by producing their own short films.
Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits four films of increasing complexity. In addition, each student fulfills the essential roles of Director of Photography, Assistant Camera Operator, and Gaffer (Lighting Technician) on the films of her/his crew members. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on sixteen short films in the first two months.
During the third month, students are introduced deeper into the director’s craft. Each individual will direct three projects. These projects and in-class production workshops challenge students to explore the dramatic mechanics of motion picture story-telling and the critical collaboration between actors and directors. The supporting classes will include Screenwriting, Directing Actors, Directing, Production Workshop, Documentary Filmmaking. The combination of these classes and the digital productions will prepare students for the second semester and production of their thesis films.
SEMESTER TWO OVERVIEW
The second semester challenges students to develop their film craft artistically and technically, and to progress beyond their earlier experiments with the medium. It is designed to enable students to create a fully conceived and executed short film thesis, shot on Hi-Def. Each student comes to the second semester with a script for his/her final project of the year. These projects are the primary focus of the second semester. They are used in all the classes as a basis for learning. The semester is divided into three distinct phases. The first is devoted to intensive hands-on instruction, demonstration, group sync sound directing exercises (using students’ scripts), individual consultations, and preproduction (including casting, rehearsal, and location scouting). The second phase of the semester is the production period during which each student directs his/her own film, and crews on his/her classmates’ films. The third phase of the semester is devoted to post-production. During this phase, students edit digitally, receive instruction and critique, screen rough-cuts of the films, receive feedback and then finish their films for a final group screening.
The Six months Diploma program is covered in semester one, while the 3 months program is covered in the first half of the diploma program.