1-Week Music Video Camp for Teens



Spend the Week Making a Music Video

Music videos are an exciting medium full of stylistic, expressive, and evocative possibilities for both aspiring and professional directors who want to play beyond the conventions of narrative filmmaking. By making your own music video, you follow in the footsteps of great filmmakers like David Fincher (“Se7en”), Spike Jonze (“Being John Malkovich”), Michael Bay (“Transformers”), Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas”), Michael Apted (“The World Is Not Enough”), and John Landis (“The Blues Brothers”).

With this in mind, the New York Film Academy has designed the 1-Week Music Video Camp, a unique summer camp taught by music video directors in a hands-on program of total immersion. Students will eat, drink, and breathe music video from start to finish. The pace of this course is feverish, and students will work together to shoot a short music video to be screened at the conclusion of the course. Music video camp students will make a video for an up-and-coming band, when available, or shoot highly stylistic footage for an already published song. The curriculum is designed for people with little or no experience in making music videos.

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Learn to Make a Music Video: Class Overview

From day one, students are fully immersed in the various facets of directing music videos. By the end of the camp, each student edits his or her own version of a short music video subject that was conceived, produced, and shot by the class as a group.

Students are taught the most essential elements of what goes into making a music video, including:
• Choosing the right band and the right song.
• Creatively visualizing the look of the video and its overall aesthetic style.
• Planning the music video in storyboards.
• Learning how to shoot and keep the film in sync with the lyrics and beat.
• Learning on-set shooting techniques, pacing, editing, and adding visual special effects.

Camp begins with two days of intensive study in music video style, shooting, and editing techniques. During this time there will be an in-class play back demonstration to prepare students for the class project, which they will shoot in the middle of the week.

The end of the week will be devoted to post-production, during which each student will edit his or her own version of the music video using the material shot by the group.

Equipment and Facilities

Students enrolled in the 1-Week Music Video Camp will work with industry-standard HD digital cameras and digital editing software.

Music Video Camp Goal

The 1-Week Music Video Camp for teens was designed to serve the needs of different types of students. For students contemplating a longer-term education in filmmaking, it is an excellent introduction. This camp gives students an understanding of the requirements and rigors of directing music videos, as well as the exhilaration of seeing a project through to completion. Some students are simply interested in learning about how music videos are made, while others get “bitten by the film bug” during the camp, and realize that one week will not fulfill their desire to learn all they can about the process of filmmaking, and therefore return to complete a longer course of study.

The limitations of a one-week camp should be apparent, given that many people spend years studying and perfecting their craft.

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Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are open to change.