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New York Film Academy Filmmaking

Hands-on Intensive Evening Filmmaking Workshop

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12-Week Evening Filmmaking Workshop

OVERVIEW

The 12-Week Evening Filmmaking Workshop is the ideal program for individuals who must balance filmmaking with other responsibilities. Designed for students with little or no filmmaking experience, the course meets three to four evenings a week from 7-9:30 p.m. in New York City and 7:15-9:45 p.m. in Los Angeles, in addition to several Saturdays throughout the three-month commitment.

Format

The Evening Workshop gives students the instruction they need while allowing them to fulfill other obligations during the day throughout the workweek. All classes are geared toward providing the building blocks needed to create a film. The Evening Workshop is comprised of approximately 100 hours of class time and production.

The first six weeks are devoted to the study of four primary elements of filmmaking: writing, directing, cinematography, and editing. To apply the concepts they learn in class, students write, produce, direct, and edit two short film exercises, using HD cameras (Canon 5D), Lowel lighting packages, and digital editing software.

In the second six weeks, each student writes, directs, shoots, and edits a short film of up to ten minutes with multiple tracks of sound including ambience, sound effects, and voiceover.

Throughout the Evening Workshop, students meet with instructors for one-on-one consultation.

The course culminates in a screening of the students’ final films, which is open to cast, crew, family, and friends. Upon the successful completion of the course, students take home a digital master copy of all their projects and receive a New York Film Academy certificate.

CREWS

The Evening Workshop draws an eclectic group of people, from young working professionals, to international students, to people well-established in busy careers. All must be highly motivated in order to balance the workshop requirements with their daytime commitments.

Students form crews of three or four people to complete each film project. When their colleagues direct, students rotate among the key crew positions of director of photography, assistant camera, and gaffer/grip.


Course Descriptions

Filmmaking
Hands-on Camera
Hands-on Lighting
Editing
Screenwriting
Production Workshop
Screening Films
Sound Design

Filmmaking

This course is the core of the 12-Week Evening Filmmaking Workshop. Students are introduced to the language and practice of filmmaking. Students learn the concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director’s decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design. Students are challenged to think comprehensively about their film projects in terms of the economic realities of low budget student production. Using their own film projects as prototypes, students learn to break down their film scripts in terms of story and emotional beats, shot selection and composition, and budgeting and scheduling. This course serves as the forum for preparing, screening and critiquing three short films.
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Hands-on Camera

In this course, students undergo intensive training in the use of high-definition digital camera, and their accessories. Students learn the basic fundamentals of using a camera for videocapture utilizing the latest in digital technology. This course provides the student with enough knowledge to deal with basic production camera issues and make creative choices that best represent the story.
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Hands-on Lighting

Through hands-on workshop and video tests, students learn fundamental lighting techniques. This course presents students with various lighting types including key, fill, backlight, kicker, and diffusion. As students progress through the course, they learn how to support the mood of the story with lighting choices and experiment with expressive lighting styles.
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Editing

This course presents students with multiple aesthetic approaches to editing video. Students learn how to apply concepts such as temporal continuity and spatial continuity, as well as less traditional discontinuous editing techniques, to their work. The course also discusses the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story. Additionally, students learn to operate digital editing software, which they use to edit their own films. Classes are supplemented with individual consultations at the computer.
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Screenwriting

This course introduces the established tools and language used in writing a film project. Students take a story from initial idea to script with an emphasis on the fundamentals of visual storytelling. The intersection of story structure, theme, character, tension, and conflict is examined through detailed scene analysis. In-class discussion provides students with constructive analysis and support. Students are encouraged to tell their stories visually, rather than relying on dialogue.
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Production Workshop

In Production Workshop, students are split into shooting crews of 3-4 people to work on exercises in the field. Upon completion of each exercise, the instructor screens and reviews the footage and discusses any outstanding production issues that the students may have had. These workshops are designed to facilitate the students’ individual projects.
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Screening Films

In this course, students screen their completed film assignments in class for instructor and classmate feedback. Constructive criticism is based on the student’s application of technical and aesthetic principles learned during in-class hours, and how well those techniques function to achieve the student’s goals.
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Sound Design

This is a comprehensive course that details the process of sound design by providing concepts, technical information, and hands-on demonstration. Students are instructed how to build a soundtrack for their final films.
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Film Projects

Continuity
Music & Montage Film
Final Film

Continuity

Continuity is one of the fundamental principles of modern filmmaking. By making a “continuity film,” students learn the way edits can advance the story while sustaining the reality of the scene, and the difference between “film time” and “real time.” Students are challenged to make a film that maintains continuity in story, time, space and emotion. The action in these films unfolds utilizing a variety of shots (10–15) in a continuous sequence (no jumps in time or action). In the Continuity Films, students must produce a clear, visual scene while maintaining the authenticity of the moment. Students write, direct, shoot, edit, and screen a film of up to three minutes. Students must thoroughly pre-plan and complete a series of essential pre-production elements including script, location scouting, shot list, floor plan, and shooting schedule.
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Music & Montage Film

This 12-week filmmaking workshop project introduces students to the relationship between sound and film, as well as to narrative tools like montage and jump cuts. In this project, students are encouraged to explore a more personal form of visual storytelling. For this film, students choose a piece of music, and in the editing room, they cut their images to work in concert with, or in counterpoint to, the music. Throughout the 12 weeks, students should experiment with rhythm and pacing. Each student writes, directs, shoots, edits, and screens a film of up to four minutes. In addition to floor plans and shot lists, students may use a still camera to plan their films and assist them in their choice of locations, angles, lenses and lighting.
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Final Film

The final film of the 12-week filmmaking evening workshop is more ambitious in scope than the previous exercises. It builds upon the foundation of skills and knowledge gained in the first half of the workshop. The final project may be 3-10 minutes in length, keeping in mind, "less is more."

Films may be of any genre, and can be narrative, documentary, or experimental. In past years, many of these films have been selected and won awards at film festivals, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Each student must complete a production book that includes the following:
  • Statement of Objective: Idea of the film and stylistic approach in a concise statement.
  • Scenario: Shooting script, shot lists, floor plan and shooting schedule.
The production period is two days for each film.

There is one week of post-production in which each student may edit from 20-30 hours. Students may use sound effects, music, voiceover, and ambient sound to help tell their stories. They apply the lessons learned through editing the first four projects as they utilize the many transition tools, special effects, and sound design options that digital editing allows.

Each film project is screened in a rough cut version in class for discussion and critique. These screenings are an important part of the learning process and help students improve on their film cut. There is a group screening during the graduation celebrating all final films open to cast, crew, friends, and family.

The final film is part of the six, eight, and 12-week evening programs.
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Dates & Tuition

Fees

Tuition: $3,412 (USD) +
Equipment Fee: $517 (USD)


Students will also incur additional expenses on their own productions. This varies depending on how much film they shoot and scale of the projects.
Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Sep 17, 2018 - Dec 8, 2018
Jan 14, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019
Mar 11, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019
Jun 10, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019

For Los Angeles:
Sep 17, 2018 - Dec 8, 2018
Jan 14, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019
Mar 11, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019
Jun 10, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019

For Gold Coast Australia:


For South Beach Florida:
Sep 17, 2018 - Dec 8, 2018
Jan 14, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019



Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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