Online Virtual Camp


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


Core Filmmaking, SOCAPA's most popular intensive, is now online! While the writing room may look different... the Core of the program is the same. From writing roundtables, to collaborative online projects, to peer-led critiques, and final showcase celebrations, SOCAPA's Core Filmmaking Online continues to emphasize the importance of building relationships with other young artists and facilitating creative collaboration.

Comparative to a first-year university course, Core Filmmaking introduces students to the art of cinematic storytelling. Students learn the fundamentals of filmmaking with separate classes in screenwriting, directing, producing, cinematography and editing during their Main Block. And during either Creative Block, students will put their knowledge into action by writing collaboratively in small groups or completing remote assignments in screenwriting, cinematography, editing, and directing.

Capacity: 12
Experience: Beginner to Advanced
Length: Two Week

Example Projects

In a single shot of up to two minutes, the student tells a simple story with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The project takes its name from the first films by the 19th-century pioneers of early cinema, Pierre and August Lumiere.
Edwin Porter was one of the first filmmakers to consider the possibilities of editing shots together in a continuous fashion. He led the way in creating the illusion of "continuity," where material shot over the course of days or weeks looks, once it is cut together in sequence, as if it all flows together over the course of minutes. His famous film, The Great Train Robbery, is the inspiration for this second film, where students explore the same issues Porter faced, and make a 2 to 3 minute film that focuses on continuity.

Recommended Gear - Introductory 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.

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.
Digital Video Camera
There is no high end camera requirement for Core Filmmaking Online. We are happy to have you shoot on your smart phone. But for those who would like to get experience with a more advanced camera, here are some suggestions.

Firstly, 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. A used Panasonic GH2 - retailing for around $300 - is an amazing camera that created quite the stir when they were released. Featuring interchangeable lens, manual controls, HD recording and an oscillating LCD screen, these cameras are well loved by SOCAPA. Another great used option is the Canon 60D, also featuring interchangeable lenses and HD recording. A good new option, retailing for around $350, is the Canon Rebel T6 - featuring interchangeable lenses, HD video recording. Or the Canon Rebel SL3, $600, which has 4k video recording.