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Online Virtual Camp


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: 5
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.

Schedule (EST - Eastern Standard Time)

Date 6:00 AM 6:30 AM 7:00 AM 7:30 AM 8:00 AM 8:30 AM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 11:00 PM 11:30 PM
Mon Jul 20 Main Class Creative Lab 2
Tue Jul 21 Creative Lab 1 Writing Lab, Cinematography Recap Creative Lab 2
Wed Jul 22 Creative Lab 1 Writing Lab, Directing #2 (Acting) Creative Lab 2
Thu Jul 23 Creative Lab 1 Writing Lab, Directing #3 Creative Lab 2
Fri Jul 24 Creative Lab 1 Directing #4 Continuity / Composition / Lighting Creative Lab 2
Sat Jul 25 OFF
Sun Jul 26 OFF
Mon Jul 27 Shoot Hitchcocks
Tue Jul 28 Creative Lab 1 Hitchcock Editing #1 Creative Lab 2
Wed Jul 29 Creative Lab 1 Hitchcock Editing #2 Creative Lab 2
Thu Jul 30 Creative Lab 1 Hitchcock Editing #3 Creative Lab 2
Fri Jul 31 Creative Lab 1 Final Class - Hitchcock Critique



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.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Learn to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro - the go-to editing suite for independent filmmakers. Each student will receive a downloadable version of Adobe Premiere Pro to use during class. Students who wish to edit in another software should discuss the choice with their instructor after class begins.

With a proven track record, Premiere can handle any film project. The learning curve can appear steep, but with an intuitive user interface and a wealth of how-to tutorials online, the basics of Premiere's software can be mastered in a couple hours. It will take you an entire career to discover all the capabilities.
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.
Plan to shoot on your smartphone or tablet? Learn how to get the most out of your pocket camera with these apps, gear and resources.