1-Semester Filmmaking Workshop

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During the 1-Semester Filmmaking Workshop, students create short films and video content for their own reel. Similar to all NYFA’s film programs, students learn-by-doing, rapidly buildng filmmaking skills by writing, shooting, directing, and editing their own original films and content. This workshop is a great fit for aspiring filmmakers and creatives interested in learning the essentials of making their own films and video content.

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 1-Semester Filmmaking Workshop

From day one, students participate in an intensive sequence of classes such as Directing, Screenwriting, Digital Camera Technique, Lighting, Digital Editing, and Directing Actors, building essential knowledge in the filmmaking process. Throughout the program, students explore the dramatic mechanics of motion picture storytelling while mastering the critical collaboration between actors and directors.


At the end of the workshop, students can invite family and friends to an exclusive screening. Often, graduates of the 1-Semester Workshop enroll in NYFA’s 1-Year Filmmaking Program to continue their film studies. Please note that the NYFA Australia version of this semester-long program is condensed and and is called the 10-Week Filmmaking Workshop.

To get the most up-to-date information about the workshops, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalogs or request more information.

NYFA also offers the possibility to learn filmmaking from anywhere through a variety of online filmmaking workshops.

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This Area of Study introduces students to all major aspects of filmmaking. Students will learn concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director’s decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design. Students will be challenged to think comprehensively about their film projects in terms of the economic realities of low-budget student production.

This Area of Study introduces the established tools and language used in writing a film project. The intersection of story structure, theme, character, tension, and conflict is examined through detailed scene analysis. The in-class discussion provides students with constructive analysis and support. Students are encouraged to tell their stories visually, rather than relying on dialogue.

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

Cinematography (Hands On Camera And Lighting)
Students undergo intensive training in the use of HD digital video cameras and their accessories. Through hands-on workshops and film tests, they will also learn fundamental lighting techniques. As they progress through the workshop, they learn how to support the mood of the story with lighting choices and experiment with expressive lighting styles.

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These are intensive, full-time Monday through Friday programs that typically run in three x 3hr sessions from 9 AM-6:30 PM. There are breaks in between sessions. Depending on the workshop, there may be shoots held on the weekend. Students will need to anticipate extra time outside of class to complete assignments, projects, and exercises. Daily class times may vary. Request information to learn more.


This course requires the following software and equipment:

  • External hard drive (generally costs $30-$200)
  • An SD Card

Film School

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo  

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo


Tracy Oliver  

Tracy Oliver


Antonio Campos  

Antonio Campos

Director | Writer | Producer



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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.