The basics of filmmaking will be introduced and built upon with each day of instruction. The curriculum is specifically designed by professionals to prepare them to be ready to produce a short film the following week.
Taught by acting professionals, the acting and writing exercises will focus on inspiring creativity in performance and getting the students out of their shell. Basic improvisation skills will be taught as well as beginning scene study.
Focusing on creative writing the basics of screenwriting format, the students learn different genres of films and what the elements of each contain.
After learning the basics of story structure, they begin writing their group script for their short film. Mentors are highly involved in helping the students develop a solid but simple story. Writing coaches also help the groups continue to develop their short film Script.
An industry expert in Production design will teach about the elements of Production design (sets, props, costumes and makeup). The students make a breakdown of what they need for their stories for production design.
A professional Hollywood film director give a presentation on the basics of film directing and lead the students in a workshop to develop their skills as a director. They learn Blocking, Staging, How to talk to actors etc.
Students practice directing the mini scenes that they have written the day before, including rehearsals and a dry run of the scenes with student actors.
A professional Director of Photography gives a basic workshop on cameras, lighting and shooting for film and then do a “test” shoot of one of their scenes.
Under guidance from the instructors the students use other students from the class as actors, and a student director as an example and will show them how to shoot a basic scene, using the rules of lighting and scene coverage.
A professional editor teaches the basics of editing to the students and use the iMovie software.
Teams are then given the footage from yesterday’s Cinematography workshop to edit into a coherent scene. They are each given different assignments (music Choice, Sound effects, color grading etc.) in order to make the scenes different. The scenes are played for the whole group at the end of the day.