SUMMER FILMMAKING CAMPS:
- New York City Campus: Age Groups 13-15 & 16-18
- Los Angeles Campus: Age Groups 13-15 & 16-18
- Vermont Campus: Age Groups 13-15 & 16-17
SOCAPA mixes the best of elite film programs and exciting summer camps. Nowhere else will you find this level of filmmaking intensity combined with this much fun. Each SOCAPA student writes, directs and edits one film per week of attendance in the introductory filmmaking program (1, 2, and 3 week sessions are offered). Students in the Advanced Filmmaking intensive (3 weeks only) write, direct and edit two films during the three week program. Students in the six-week program take the three week introductory program and continue on to form the Advanced Filmmaking class, making five films in all.
Our return students or students who have previous narrative filmmaking experience may apply directly to the Advanced Filmmaking or Advanced Projects intensives. Please note that formal instruction and practice in screenwriting, directing, and editing on FinalCut Pro is required for acceptance into our advanced film intensives. As part of the application, students will be required to submit sample work - completed narrative films and a writing sample. More about Advanced Filmmaking...
CURRICULUM & SCHEDULE
The first two days of the week are spent learning the fundamentals of filmmaking with separate classes in screenwriting, directing technique, producing, cinematography and sound recording. By midweek, students are "in production" making their first films in small crews of three to four filmmakers along with several actors from the acting program. Each crew is supervised by an accomplished production instructor who helps guide the director and crew to ensure a safe and successful day of shooting. Once the films are "in the can," the week ends with post-production classes in editing and sound design. Students edit their films and are critiqued in class by their instructors. That night, all the movies are screened in the theater at the weekly Friday night showcase for the entire camp.
LEARN FROM THE PROS
In addition to the daily morning directing classes and the afternoon specialty classes, SOCAPA film students have master classes with visiting lecturers from the New York or Hollywood film world. Accomplished industry professionals give lectures on Producing, Acting for Film & TV, Cinematography, and Directing.
SOCAPA offers the immediate opportunity to learn the most recent advancements in digital technologies. Like the pros, SOCAPA students shoot using a dual system - recording sound and picture separately. Video is recorded on the best in the state-of-the art 1080p High Definition video cameras. Sound is recorded via portable audio recorders and shotgun microphones, offering the Sound Artist practical lessons in one of the most overlooked, yet one of the most important, aspects of film production. All students are encouraged to edit on Adobe Premiere, non-linear, digital editing systems. This professional editing application enables the creation of an elaborate multi-track sound design for each of their films, incorporating music, voice-over, sound effects and dialogue. (Students with experience in FCP X may consult their film instructor for permission to use an alternative editing system.)
In the introductory filmmaking intensive, each SOCAPA student writes, directs and edits a film of their own per week of attendance. In addition, students are expected to work in small crews for one another, giving each student the opportunity not only to write, direct and edit his/her own film each week, but also to learn the role of director of photography, sound technician, and production assistant each week.
1) The Lumière Film (Week One)*
2) The Porter Film (Week Two)
3) The Kubrick Film (Week Three)
*In the One Week Intensive, students shoot The Rodriguez
Robert Rodriguez, known for his unorthodox shot progression, both when shooting and editing, is often a "one-man film crew". Though students will have a crew, the task of writing, directing and editing this two minute film in such a short time frame requires students to solve constraints of time and money (as all filmmakers experience!) using the camera and their editing acquiesce, for which Rodriguez is known.
Students in our Six-Week Filmmaking Program go on to form the Advanced Filmmaking Program after the first three weeks. Returning students from prior summers join the group and they each make two longer projects, the Hitchcock and Kurosawa films, in the final three weeks. See our Advanced Filmmaking page for more details.