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New York Film Academy Filmmaking

1-Semester Filmmaking Program

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1-Semester Filmmaking Program


In our 1-Semester Filmmaking Program, each film school student writes, shoots, directs, and edits his or her own films and also crews on others during a 12-week film course.

At NYFA Florence, students will make five of their own films and crew on 15 others. At NYFA Gold Coast, students will make four of their own films and crews on 12 others.

Designed for people who wish to study the craft of filmmaking in an intensive environment, the 1-Semester Filmmaking Program challenges students to produce four films in Gold Coast or five films in Florence over a period of three months (12 weeks).

For students with little or no filmmaking experience, the 1-Semester Filmmaking Program offers the best of all worlds: a filmmaking course comprised of focused learning, hands-on film productions, and the opportunity to make a fully-realized final film.


Beginning on day one, students participate in an intensive sequence of classes in Film Directing, Screenwriting, Digital Camera Technique, Lighting, Digital Editing, Directing Actors and Production Workshops. They extend and deepen their in-class learning by producing films.

Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits four or five 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 crewmembers. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on several short films in the first two months.

During the third and fourth weeks, each student directs three digital projects. These projects and in-class production workshops challenge students to explore the dramatic mechanics of motion picture storytelling and the critical collaboration between actors and directors.

Course Descriptions

Director's Craft
Digital Editing
Production Workshop (Florence Campus Only)
Acting for Directors (Florence Campus Only)
Camera & Lighting (Florence Campus Only)
Camera (Gold Coast Campus Only)
Safety on Set (Gold Coast Campus Only)
Sync Sound Production Studio (Gold Coast Campus Only)

Director's Craft

This is the first part of an in-depth study of the methods used by the great directors to affect their audiences and to trigger emotional responses. In this course, students study the fundamentals of the director's palette, including camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design, in order to learn the basic building blocks of visual storytelling.

This filmmaking course is known as Directing at NYFA’s Gold Coast Campus.
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Digital Editing

In Digital Editing, students study the fundamental theories and technical aspects of nonlinear editing. Each student edits his or her own films. Classes are supplemented with individual consultations at the computer.
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This course introduces students to the foundations of screenwriting. Students workshop ideas, write loglines, treatments, rough drafts, and shooting scripts. Instruction focuses on the essentials of visual storytelling, dramatic structure, and character development. In-class discussion provides students with constructive analysis and support, as students learn to tell their stories visually, rather than through dialogue. The scripts they write become the basis of all class work.
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Production Workshop

(Florence Campus Only)
Production workshop is a hands-on class in which students stage and shoot exercises under the supervision of their instructors. Through this in-class practice, students incorporate the rules and tools of framing and continuity learned in other classes. As a supplement to this course, filmmaking students will also study acting and act in these production workshops, preparing themselves to not only communicate and collaborate with their actors, but to draw out the best emotional outcome of a scene.
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Acting for Directors

(Florence Campus Only)
This course adheres to the philosophy that, in order to direct actors, one must understand and experience acting as art and methodology. Directing students will become actors. Students learn how to identify a screenplay’s emotional “beats” and “character objectives” in order to improve their actors’ performances. Students are prepared to not only communicate and collaborate with their actors, but to actualize the best emotional outcome of a scene.
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Camera & Lighting

(Florence Campus Only)
In the first week, students perform test shoots to learn how to get a correct exposure, the effect of different lenses, focus pulling, and in-camera effects. In lighting class, they learn fundamental lighting techniques through shooting tests on film. As students transition to dialogue projects on the Canon 5D, they are taught the principles of shooting and lighting high definition video. The Semester 1 Digital Dialogue project will be shot on this format. Qualified students may be able to utilize advanced cameras such as the RED Scarlet RED Cameras.
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(Gold Coast Campus Only)
Within the film production lifecycle, one of the fundamental elements is cinematography and lighting. In Camera students undergo intensive training in the use of digital video motion picture cameras and their accessories, to prepare them for their student productions, as well as professional productions and opportunities that will present themselves after graduation. Being a competent filmmaker is not just understanding how to direct and produce, but also how to use equipment paramount in successful motion picture storytelling. Experience with and creative use of lighting instruments and cameras will enable the student to apply his/her skills to ‘real-world’ situations and expectations.

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Safety on Set

(Gold Coast Campus Only)
The diversity of roles that exist within the film industry requires an awareness of the work health and safety requirements to establish and maintain a safe working environment and practice. This can apply to a range of internal and external work environments, including workshops, studios, offices, field locations and performance venues and to an equally broad range of employment tasks. These tasks can include: construction, electrical and lighting work, stunt and fight choreography, the use of explosives, the creation of costumes, the application of makeup and prosthetics, working with sound and music, and computer based creative and clerical tasks. The purpose of this subject is to teach the film and performance practitioner to; determine work health and safety requirements in a given environment and occupation, to help them identify hazards and assess and manage risks, and to monitor and enhance safety of their practice.
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Sync Sound Production Studio

(Gold Coast Campus Only)
To be a competent filmmaker, you must have an understanding of the entire film production cycle. During the production workshops, the knowledge of cinematic concepts you have acquired in other subjects will be applied to the practical decisions and activities you will encounter during the realization of a film. Through this process you will develop methodologies in the following:
  • Script analysis
  • Directing actors
  • Rehearsals and scene blocking
  • Working with crew
  • On-set procedures
  • Health and safety on set
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Dates & Tuition

Fees Per Year

Tuition: $14,477 (USD) Per Seme +
Equipment Fee: $Equipment Fee: $1,523 Per Semester(USD)

Number of Semesters: 3

For Los Angeles Location:
Number of Semesters: 3

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Jan 2022 - Dec 2022
May 2022 - Apr 2023
Aug 2022 - Aug 2023

For Los Angeles:
Jan 2022 - Dec 2022
May 2022 - Apr 2023
Aug 2022 - Aug 2023

For South Beach Florida:
Jan 2022 - Dec 2022
Aug 2022 - Aug 2023

For Gold Coast Australia:

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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