Online Virtual Camp


M-F 9:30-3p or 11-4:30p EST
Experience Level: Advanced


Advanced Filmmaking Online is the next step after our Core Filmmaking program. Comparative to a second-year college level course, young filmmakers are introduced to new techniques in cinematic storytelling. Geared toward developing one or more strong short film scripts, students will analyze the works of great filmmakers like Hitchcock, Kubrick and Kurosawa and spend creative blocks working collaboratively in small groups or in one-on-one workshops with the instructor. Additional assignments include cinematography, editing, and directing projects to be completed remotely and shared with the class for critique.

Capacity: 12
Experience: Advanced
Length: Two Week

Example Projects

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of visual storytelling. He would often convey information using a single silent shot, when a lesser filmmaker would need pages and pages of cumbersome dialogue to get it across. In this film, students are encouraged to take a visual approach to telling their stories. Dialogue should be used sparsely, if at all. Instead, we urge students to use composition, camera movement, shot selection, blocking, lighting, color and non-synchronous sound to convey meaning.
Renowned globally as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Akira Kurosawa was a master of all genres; The Seven Samurai, Ikiru, and The Hidden Fortress (one of the main inspirations for Star Wars) are just a few of his many masterpieces. Along with his supremely artistic visual style, which became an inspiration for many of America's most famous directors of the seventies, Kurosawa was also especially attentive to performance, eliciting bravura acting from all those with whom he worked. In this culmination film, we challenge our Advanced Students to elicit the best and most truthful performances they can from their cast without losing sight of all they have learned about visual storytelling.

Recommended Gear - Home Filmmaking Package

Every filmmaker needs to start somewhere. And while equipment isn't everything - Oscar winning films have been shot on iPhones - here are some recommendations for where to start.

Digital Video Camera
With so many camera options out there it's hard to recommend just one. We suggest you do your research and find the camera that fits your budget and needs. For entry level filmmakers on a budget, take a look at the Panasonic GH4. Even on the older side, the GH4 continues to impress with 4K and HD resolution, top-notch lenses, great handling, recording up to an impressive 200Mbps bitrate, and choices in which video codec to use. Throw on a basic 14-42mm lens and a $700 price tag and it's a hard camera to beat.

Other great options include, Black Magic Pocket Camera, the Sony A7 series, and Canon 5D's to 80Ds. Look for at least HD recording, SD card compatibility and interchangeable lenses so that your camera can grow with you.
DaVinci Resolve
Resolve, the standard in film color grading software, is now challenging Adobe Premiere for the best affordable editing software. And Resolve is affordable indeed! It's free. Sign up and download Resolve today to start editing your films. Plus, you get free access to Resolve's advanced color grading software. There are some limitations to color grading in the free version (maybe just HD footage) but it's a fine tradeoff for a free powerful NLE.
One of the very best free screenwriting software options. WriterDuet allows real-time collaborative work in which you and your partner or teacher can immediately see edits. While the free version only allows three scripts, there are no page limits, time limits or export/import quotas.