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New York Film Academy Producing

Producing Courses

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Overview of our Producing Courses

Whether a student chooses to enroll in one of NYFA’s renowned producing workshops, conservatory programs, or degree programs, students can expect to take on a diverse and challenging course load that will expose them to the many different facets of movie and television producing.

Students will learn both the aesthetic and business skills required of producing for film, television, and new media, where they will learn not only the creative aspects of filmmaking such as screenwriting, directing, and shooting, but they will also be immersed in the entrepreneurial side of producing, learning how to budget and schedule a variety of projects. By the time a student completes all of his or her producing courses, he or she will be prepared to enter the movie and television industries equipped with the skills needed for success.

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Course Title Description Program/Workshop Learning Goals
Producer’s Craft This core introductory course outlines the essential roles, tasks, and obstacles faced by film and television producers. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year, AFA, BFA, MFA Course work covers the role of the producer; development of IP (intellectual property); option agreements, rights research, chain of title, and deal memos; script coverage and working with writers; budgets; packaging presentations; production overview and management; post production; marketing and distribution; and new media perspectives.
Case Studies This course will use specific in-depth examples of already produced movies to introduce students to the specific issues, problems and solutions of pre-production, production, post-production, distribution, and exhibition of studio and independent films. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Topics of discussion will focus on talent relations, studio politics, development and the A-Z of produced films to expose the students to real life cinematic situations.
EP Budgeting and Scheduling This course introduces students to the industry-standard software used to schedule and budget productions. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year In a hands-on lab setting, students are instructed in the use of Entertainment Partners Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software programs, including established scheduling and budgeting techniques.
Pitching Through rigorous in-class exercises, students will develop brief and effective "pitches" of the material they choose to pursue. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Each student will practice and gain critical and fundamental pitching skills culminating in a semester-end presentation for fellow students, staff, and producing chair.
Film Finance/Marketing/Distribution This course focuses on successful strategies employed in the finance, marketing, and distribution of studio and independent films. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Students acquire the ability to find financing, marketing, and learn different distribution models for their films.
Story and Script Analysis Students will gain firsthand knowledge of fundamental screenwriting elements. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Students will learn the role of the protagonist and the antagonist and they will understand what moves a story forward from beginning to end utilizing all screenwriting tools available.
Film Festival Procedures This course will offer the student a opportunity at a "low cost" option for submission of their films and a means to develop a film community of their own. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Students will learn the best methods for submitting to and making the most out of film festivals.
Hands-on Lighting Students will learn the fundamentals of lighting a basic scene utilizing small lighting equipment packages. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with simple production lighting issues.
Hands-on Editing Students will learn the fundamentals of editing using Avid Media Composer software. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Editing theory, Avid Media Composer interface and workflow, as well as its editing tools are covered in this course.
Hands-on Camera Students will learn the basic fundamentals of using a camera for film capture utilizing the latest in digital technology. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with basic production camera issues.
Hands-on Sound Students will learn the basic fundamentals of recording sound for film utilizing the latest in digital recording and mixing equipment. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year This course will provide the student with enough knowledge to deal with basic production sound issues.
Film Exhibition In this class, students will learn how a film moves into the theatre both domestically and internationally. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year Students examine the pipeline by which a film moves from the post-production phase to the distribution phase in a film’s life cycle.
Entertainment Law & Business Practices I This course is an overview of contract law and how it impacts the entertainment industry. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year, AFA, BFA, MFA Producing students will study legal issues regarding television, films, recordings, live performances, and other aspects of the entertainment industry.
Directing for Producers I This basic course in directing will expose the student to the language of directing for producers. Four-Week, Twelve-Week, One-Year, AFA, BFA, MFA Students learn shots and shot choice, continuity, text and subtext, and budgetary restraints on the creative process.
Writing This course will help students develop their analytic skills in the areas of structure, plot, story, momentum, tone and characterization, and master the tools of story genesis and development for film and television. One-Year The course will also develop an understanding of genre, theme, imagery, working with writers, and other professional issues as they relate to creative producing.
Editing Students are instructed in the basic techniques of digital editing. One-Year Students will learn the basics of motion picture editing and post-production techniques in a hands-on workshop environment.
Directing Actors In this course, producing students learn to use basic production documents and to audition, cast, and work with actors. One-Year Producing students learn about using the camera and working with actors—the two central tools of any director.
Project Development Practicum Students will identify a project, work with writers to develop a screenplay, and learn about various package elements. One-Year Students will learn how to produce a development package and a final pitch.
Production Workshop The Production Workshop trains students in camera and lighting for directing exercises and pilots and trailers for yearlong projects. One-Year Students will gain an overview of working with light and color, film and video cameras, image construction and composition, and working with collaborators in a professional setting.
Screenwriting for Producers This course develops students’ analytic and development skills in the areas of structure, plot, story, pacing, tone and characterization. One-Year Students learn conceptual skills in story genesis and development, genre, theme, imagery, character, and other professional and emotional issues as they relate to screenplay development for producers.
Film Analysis for Producers Students study the process by which producers take projects from an initial idea to the distribution of a finished idea. One-Year Students will learn the various aspects of successful filmmaking.
Producing for Nonprofits This course covers producing issues particular to nonprofit movies and television programs. One-Year Students will cover such topics as the role of a fiscal sponsor, different documentary genres, and budgeting and scheduling as they relate to producing films for nonprofit organizations.
Reality Television Development Students are challenged to create their own reality show trailer or teaser. One-Year Students will learn the many genres of reality television and the practical demands of producing a reality series.
Producing Music Videos & Commercials This course is designed to teach producers the craft of conceiving, pre-visualizing, developing, shooting and editing a music video and a TV Commercial. One-Year Students gain practical experience shooting both a commercial and music video.
Special Lecture This series of courses is designed to teach material not covered in the core curriculum including producing documentary films, live events, and dramatic theatre. One-Year Students learn the many aspects of how to market oneself, including how to pitch yourself, in person, via email, and on the phone plus resumes, cover letters, social media, and personal brand management a well as search skills to build industry connections.
Editing Lab Students are challenged to put what they learned in their Editing class to work in this lab portion of the course. One-Year Students will use Avid Media Composer to edit a short narrative film, a reality TV sizzle reel, music video, and a commercial.
Pitching Lab Under the supervision of the instructor, students learn appropriate industry pitching techniques for various types of pitch sessions and meetings. One-Year In addition to pitch performance, topics will include key concept, protagonist, character growth, casting possibilities, and cost.
Collaboration Lab Under the supervision of the instructor, each student is required to complete a short non-dialogue film of two to five minutes. One-Year Students develop a script for an original short film in collaboration with select screenwriting students; create scene breakdowns and shooting plans; and create budget and schedule.
Introduction to Screenwriting Producing students will gain firsthand knowledge of fundamental screenwriting techniques. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will learn how to develop strategies in communicating with the producer’s key collaborator in story development, the screenwriter.
Producing Reality Television Students will learn the basics of producing for reality television, and the genre’s relationship to other platforms and formats through the analysis of existing successful reality programming. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will develop, create, and pitch an original reality television proposal.
Short Film Production I Producing students will develop, prep, and shoot their own individual short films. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will learn the best practices in sound recording and work as crewmembers on their classmates’ films.
Sound for Producers In this course, students will learn about the fundamentals of both production sound and post-production sound and gain an understanding of how sound can enhance their stories. AFA Students will get hands-on experience working as sound mixers as well as boom operators in addition to learning how to add sound effects, music, and dialogue replacements to their films.
Cinematography, Lighting & Editing Students will learn the basics of live-action motion picture cinematography in a hands-on workshop environment. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will gain an overview of working with film and video cameras, lighting, image construction, and digital editing.
Producers Craft II This course continues the study of the essential roles of and obstacles faced by film and television producers. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will study optioning and developing material, film festivals, network and rating, and analyze U.S. and international tax incentive and rebate programs.
Pitching, Business Plans, & TV Show Bibles Through in-class examples, students are introduced to effective pitching styles and instructed on how to pitch to investors and development executives. AFA, BFA, MFA Each student will practice and gain critical and fundamental pitching skills.
Producing Documentaries This course offers producing students an introductory exposure to documentary storytelling and filmmaking. AFA, BFA, MFA Working in small collaborative teams, students will pitch, develop, and shoot a short documentary.
Writing the TV Pilot Treatment Students will revisit how the television industry operates and how television programs are pitched and developed. AFA, BFA, MFA Each student will develop and write an original television pilot treatment.
Writing the Feature Treatment Through in-class instruction and critique, students will develop storytelling skills within the industry-standard format of the film treatment. AFA, BFA, MFA In a workshop setting, each student will develop and write a detailed feature film treatment.
Business Affairs In this course, students learn the fundamental business skills they will need to succeed as producers. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will study such legal topics as contract negotiations, marketing projects to financiers and distributors, and audience and research testing.
Short Film Production II Students will further develop critical line producing skills in this course. AFA, BFA, MFA Working with NYFA filmmaking students, producing students will line produce a filmmaker’s Year One Film.
Industry Speaker Series These informative sessions feature discussions with producers and other industry professionals. AFA, BFA, MFA Students gain access to first-hand impressions of real world circumstances faced by working industry professionals.
Thesis Development Workshop I Students begin to conceptualize and develop their Thesis Projects. AFA, BFA, MFA In developing their Thesis Projects, students will learn such topics as executive summary, logline, synopsis, story and character development, researching and analyzing comparable films or television shows, and developing effective comparisons.
Writing the Feature Screenplay In a workshop setting, each student will develop and write a first draft screenplay. AFA, BFA, MFA Structure, style, character development, and arcs are some of the topics that will be discussed and put into practice throughout this course.
Writing the TV Pilot Screenplay In a collaborative workshop setting, each producing student will develop an original drama or situational comedy pilot. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will learn how to realize their television treatment in a completed TV pilot draft.
Producing Alternative Media Through in-class discussion and samples, students will be exposed to trends in the new outlets for distribution that continually emerge on an increasingly rapid basis. AFA, BFA, MFA In this course, students will pitch, develop, and create an original piece of new media.
Budgeting & Entertainment Accounting This course provides an overview of production budgeting and financial, cost and managerial accounting functions specific to the film industry, with application to other areas of media production, including television. AFA, BFA, MFA Students analyze techniques and control procedures for accurate preparation and presentation of budgets and financial statements.
Introduction to Film Through screenings and discussion, this class charts the 120-year history of the medium, from early silent shorts, through various international movements, the rise and fall of the Hollywood Golden Age, to the birth of the modern cinema. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will discover where their own work fits in the history of the art form of film.
Thesis Development Workshop II Students continue to refine and finalize their Thesis projects. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will participate in a supervised internship for academic credit, benefiting from real-world application of their proposed thesis projects.
Entertainment Law & Business Practices II This course offers a deeper analysis of contract law and critical issues raised in contract negotiations. AFA, BFA, MFA Focusing on domestic, international, and independent finance, marketing and distribution, and using case studies of actual campaigns, this course focuses on successful strategies for each of these vital aspects of producing.
Advanced Pitching Workshop This course exposes students to a variety of successful pitch styles and formats in a workshop setting. AFA, BFA, MFA Students will acquire advanced techniques in developing and executing effective pitches and they will develop and master an effective written pitch.
Directing for Producers II Through in-class exercises, students will gain a deeper understanding of the director’s integral creative role and directing craft. AFA, BFA In a workshop setting, students learn advanced camera techniques, lighting concepts, and production sound.
Acting for Producers In a workshop setting, students will develop a critical understanding of the acting process and what each actor brings to the collaborative process of filmmaking. AFA, BFA, MFA Students learn how to work with actors in terms of realizing their creative vision.
Script Collaboration In this course, students will be instructed and supervised in seeking and securing an ongoing collaboration with a screenwriter for the purpose of developing an original script. BFA Students will employ their creative producing skills to communicate script notes and desired changes, and developing a positive working relationship with his or her screenwriting collaborator.
Script Collaboration II Students will continue with their screenwriter collaborations to gain an intimate understanding of the screenwriting process. BFA Students will complete a fully developed second draft of their scripts.
Thesis Development Workshop III In this course, students troubleshoot and finalize their entire written thesis presentations. BFA Students will learn how to complete a fully developed presentation.
Directing for Producers II Through in-class exercises, students will gain a deeper understanding of the director’s integral creative role and directing craft. BFA In a workshop setting, students learn advanced camera techniques, lighting concepts, and production sound.
Post for Producers This course will explore the entire post-production workflow for both film and digital formats. MFA Students will cover the technical, artistic, and managerial aspects of physical post-production.
Cinema Studies Using twelve culturally or economically significant films as texts, this course looks at the films critically and uses them to explore film as a significant art. MFA, One-Year Students will grow to understand how filmmakers have approached the great challenge of telling stories with moving images from silent films to the digital age.
Advanced Directing Workshop Through in-class exercises, students will gain a deeper understanding of the director’s integral creative role and directing craft. MFA In a workshop setting, students learn advanced camera techniques, lighting concepts and production sound.
Thesis Option C Through in-class study and critique, MFA students wrap the final stage of project development and prepare for the pre-production phase of their projects. MFA Topics include a critical review of prep/shoot/post calendars; set up and review of spending procedures, required documentation, and cash flow; and script, schedule, and budget lock.
Feature Prep Through supervised independent work and in-class check ins, MFA students undertake casting, hiring crew, securing locations and preparing and executing all pertinent agreements, contracts and other documentation required to receive a green light to shoot their feature films. MFA Supervised steps include an all-cast and all-crew table read and production meeting; review and discussion of contract negotiations and deals undertaken; cast rehearsals; tracking spending during the pre-production phase; hiring and managing crew workflow for all departments.
Feature Production Through a supervised production period, MFA students begin and complete principal photography of their feature films. MFA Through on-set visits and consultations, students undertake the daily shooting schedule; troubleshoot delays on set; work with actors; and maintain open communication with department heads regarding footage shot and budget adherence.
Feature Post-Production Through supervised independent work and in-class check-ins, students undertake and complete post-production on their feature films. MFA Post deliverables include raw footage and two rough cut reviews and discussion; ADR prep and completion; final sound mix, picture lock and color correction; music score; and main and end titles.
Feature Marketing & Distribution Through examples and in-class discussions, students prepare and execute the initial steps of their marketing campaign. MFA Marketing deliverables include a detailed marketing calendar including festival deadlines and materials prep deadlines and regular uploads and updates on the film’s production company website.



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