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New York Film Academy Filmmaking

Hands-on Intensive 2-Day Filmmaking Workshop

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2-Day Filmmaking Workshop


The 2-Day Filmmaking Workshop is an intensive, hands-on film class, providing a thorough introduction to filmmaking and allowing students to learn a great amount in a very short time. Students in the filmmaking class will have the opportunity to learn the basics of writing, directing and cinematography. Covering the basic elements of filmmaking — from story development/screenwriting and directing the scene to operating a HD camera — this workshop will provide a strong introduction to the craft. By the end of the course each group of students will have shot a complete scene. The filmmaking workshop requires students to be willing to fully concentrate on their work for the duration of the course.


The workshop includes intensive study in camerawork, writing, and directing and will cover the following topics:
  • Screenwriting/Story Development
  • Hands-on Camera
  • Director’s Craft
  • Directing Actors
  • Preproduction
  • Project Advisement
  • Production
  • Screen & Critique


Students use industry-standard digital cameras and portable lighting packages. Classrooms are equipped with a television, DVD player, and cameras for demonstration and screening of clips.


The workshop was designed to serve the needs of a variety of students, all students, regardless of level, gain an understanding of the requirements and rigors of filmmaking, as well as experience the exhilaration of filming a scene in a group with assigned positions.

The workshop is an excellent opportunity to explore the possibilities of filmmaking, and for students to discover whether this craft is the appropriate choice for them. Students will:
  • Experience working collaboratively in a high‐pressure, creative environment.
  • Develop an introductory level understanding of the cinematic language.
  • Gain knowledge of digital cameras.
  • Acquire the skill set of designing a scene, via shot selection, and devise an appropriate strategy for execution of a short film production.
  • Dissect a film through analyzing the choices made by the director and evaluating whether or not those decisions were justified within the context of the story.
Please note that, while very informative, the filmmaking workshop is an introductory course. Many people spend years studying film and perfecting their craft, and students should understand the time limitations and constraints involved in this short hands-on intensive. Many students who participate in our short-term workshops have decided to pursue movie making in the future.

If you have questions or need help applying, please contact Tami Alexander:

Dates & Tuition

Tuition: $800 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For Florence Italy:

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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