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. We currently offer six different filmmaking intensives for students ages 13-18. For new students, we recommend the Core Filmmaking Program - our most popular intensive! - or our shorter one week Filmmaking Boot Camp, if your time with us is limited. For return students, we have Advanced Filmmaking and Advanced Projects. Filmmakers and writers of all levels can also hone their skills in one of our Screenwriting intensives.
At the heart of great films are great stories. At SOCAPA, students focus on storytelling. Each student writes, directs and edits their own films, crafting the stories they want to tell from start to finish.
Collaborate with SOCAPA's Acting students, the stars in your films. Crew on one another's films and gain experience on set with other filmmakers.
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"My son Evan attended the one week Core Acting Camp in Manhattan last summer, and it was quite literally life-changing. Growing up in rural Nebraska, and involved in community and school theater since an early age, Evan wanted an experience to stretch to new levels and found it in SOCAPA. He learned so much, had great new experiences and made friends that he has continued to be in touch with all of this year. As a parent, I had natural trepidations about his experience so far away from home and the folks at SOCAPA were great about putting me in touch with parents and participants from previous years to find out more about the program and allay any concerns that I had. Staff was unfailingly responsive and helpful before, during, and after this experience. Evan plans to return this summer for a longer and more advanced camp experience."
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"Last year, our son, a high schooler, attended SOCAPA film program in New York. He came back enchanted, having written directed and edited three short movies. One per week. Each with a different and smart cinematographic prompt. Teachers were caring and competent. Our son made many friends, not only within the film department but also with the acting one and others. We highly recommend SOCAPA. Our son will return this year on the film program level 2."
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"Both of my sons have attended filmmaking camps there for more than one summer. They returned on their own initiative. The program is organized, well-run, professional, and responsive. The staff and instructors were nurturing, encouraging, talented and inspiring. We have attended more than one showcase and been highly impressed by the caliber of the students' work and their obvious enthusiasm and delight at being together as part of the camp experience. Bonds were definitely formed among them. My sons continue to be in touch with their SOCAPA friends. My oldest son was inspired to apply to film school as a result of his SOCAPA experience. A SOCAPA instructor wrote him a recommendation, and he will be attending a university film school in the fall! I would definitely recommend sending your children to this camp."
SOCAPA offers six filmmaking intensives for high school students ages 13-18. For new students we recommend CORE FILMMAKING with workshops ranging in length from two to five weeks - or, if your time with us is limited, our one-week FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP. For return students, we have ADVANCED FILMMAKING with three to six week options, as well as specialized intensives. Beginning and advanced filmmakers alike can also hone their writing skills in our SCREENWRITING intensives.
Our special focus intensives are great for high school students who are looking to learn more about a particular craft or to work on larger form short films.
Provides students with the time, structure, feedback, and theory to hone their writing skills with a particular focus on story and character development. Students spend time workshopping and critiquing their own and each others’ work, as well as analyzing films to discover what works and what doesn’t.
Join a group of like-minded filmmakers with a single mission - to make the most compelling and polished short film at SOCAPA. While collaborating with classmates on a film, students learn valuable lessons in script workshopping, preproduction, casting and auditions, shot listing and location scouting; technical skills from camera to sound, as well as post-production editing, sound design and color-grading. Contribute your talents to the group!
With a focus on advanced writing and producing, the Advanced Projects program instructors work with a small group of students to guide their filmmaking ambitions to reality.
Bring your stories to life!
Stories are a way for people to connect, to make meaning out of experiences, and to share their own unique view of the world. Tell your stories through your films. Learn to craft a compelling narrative and bring that to life from script to screen.
At SOCAPA we believe in providing students with the opportunity to express themselves through the exciting and timeless medium of film. That's why each student has the chance to write, direct, and edit films of their own creation, in addition to working on one another's films in the essential roles of supporting crew.
From NYU to Pace University, Occidental College, and Champlain College, all of SOCAPA’s programs are run directly on college campuses, using the classrooms, dormitories, and facilities of undergraduates. Residential SOCAPA students enjoy the emerging independence of dorm life together with roommates and floormates under the supervision of SOCAPA’s staff.
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Students are introduced to using a dual system for capturing picture and sound separately, which is the industry standard and allows for a much higher level of control of each element. In addition to learning the technical workings of the cameras, students take sound classes and learn the best strategies for recording high quality production audio using handheld audio recorders, a variety of microphones, and production slates. Get ready to mark those scenes and sync that audio!
Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Miguel Silveira lives and works in NYC. After wrapping his first feature-length documentary I Am a Visitor in Your World (Official selection - Woodstock Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, Athens Film + Video Festival) Miguel completed his thesis film at Columbia University, a political thriller titled Devil's Work. The film was selected by Columbia University's festival jury as one of the seven best films to come out of the program in 2014. The film also received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation production grant, the Caucus Foundation award for excellence in filmmaking, the DGA awards for best film in its category and it was selected as a semi-finalist at the Student Academy Awards competition. Miguel developed and directed the Venezuelan chapter of MTV's documentary series Rebel Music, executive produced by Shepard Fairey, which aired worldwide in 2015. Miguel has taught in institutions such as Columbia College Chicago, EICTV in San Antonio de Los Banos, Cuba as well as Columbia University. He is also a proud sponsor of the Telluride Film Festival City Lights Program. After receiving his MFA from Columbia University, Miguel co-founded NoPort Films and is currently in post-production for the feature film American Thief.
Missy Hernandez is a Filmmaker, Writer, Actor and Assistant Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts department at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches courses in screenwriting, television writing, and creative producing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Hernandez graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Cinema Studies and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. She studied Meisner Technique at the William Esper Acting Studio with Bill Esper and has taught Meisner based acting to teens and young adults at the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University's National High School Institute where she also served as Director of the Summer Film Program. Her most recent film and television credits include Associate Producer for Terence Nance’s Peabody Award-winning television series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS (produced in partnership with A24 for HBO), and Writer and Co-Producer of a feature-length narrative/documentary hybrid and social-thriller entitled AMERICAN THIEF (Jerome Foundation Grantee 2016, IFP Narrative Lab Participant 2017). Her upcoming creative work focuses on female-centric narrative stories that highlight and investigate Latinx experiences within the US and the Caribbean.
Nick earned his MFA in Film from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Before entering the world of film, Nick studied literature and theatre at Princeton University and taught English at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. His films have played at Lincoln Center. Nick was the Assistant Director on the 2011 Academy Award-winning short “God of Love.” He is currently developing a dark romantic comedy. Originally from Manhattan, he also spent time, growing up, in Westport, CT.
Christoph Rainer is an Austrian filmmaker who graduated from The Filmacademy Vienna with a concentration in directing. He then received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his MFA at Columbia University in New York, where he graduated with honors. His short films have been invited to over 250 film festivals worldwide, screened at museums such as the Tabakelera in San Sebastian and the MoMA in New York and have won numerous awards such as the TIFF Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Growing up the tall kid with no athletic ability, Derek quickly embraced his love of the arts and never looked back. He is a Texas native and a graduate of the American Film Institute where he received an M.F.A in Screenwriting. His Hollywood journey has taken him from writing independent films, to developing TV pitches, reading for notable screenplay contests, while still finding time to teach film theory and screenwriting to the next generation of young artists. Most recently, he was selected as part of Imagine Entertainment's content accelerator where he is developing and writing an original TV project. Derek is a proud University of Miami graduate as well as the recipient of an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.
Jen earned her MFA in Film from Columbia University. She served as Senior Producer for Manning Productions and as Director/Writer/Editor for Sagebrush Productions. Jen is an award Winning Director: Regional Finalist for the Student Academy Awards, Princess Grace Honorarium, two-time Columbia College Chicago Big Screen Finalist, and winner of two Telly awards. Her debut feature film, The Revival, was an Official Selection of Outfest 2017. She is originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, and remains active in the film industry there.
Every evening, Monday through Friday, we plan an activity for the students, whether it be a barbecue on campus, a dinner in the city, a cool-off swim, a theater/musical performance, or a film screening. On the Saturday afternoons that are not devoted to shooting and performing, we organize a group excursion. This could include a trip to a museum, the beach or a show in the city. Past evening and Saturday excursions have included trips to Coney Island Amusement Park, live tapings of MTV's TRL, outdoor concerts (The Roots, OCMS, TV on the Radio, etc.), Universal Studios, Pilobolus Dance Group at the Joyce, Disco Bowling, Broadway Shows such as Spring Awakening, Hair, Rent and Avenue Q, Six Flags Amusement Park, Fourth of July Fireworks, Bryant Park Film Screenings, and off-Broadway hits such as Fuerza Bruta and Stomp, to name a few.
At least once per session, SOCAPA invites a top industry professional from the New York or Hollywood film or performing arts scene to come to campus and lead a master class for all students, regardless of focus. Some past guests include Academy Award-Winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams), writer/director John Hamburg (I Love You Man, Along Came Polly, Safe Men, Zoolander, Meet the Fockers, Little Fockers), actor Luis Guzman (Traffic, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, Carlito's Way, Anger Management), writer Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens), actor Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse), the four lead characters from American Teen, filmmaker Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Raising Victor Vargas), actor Sarah Clarke (TV show 24, Thirteen) screenwriter Andrew Marlowe (Air Force One, End of Days, Hollow Man), director Morgan J. Freeman (Hurricane Streets), comedian Matt Walsh (The Daily Show, Bad Santa, Upright Citizens Brigade), and the cast of Hair and Spring Awakening on Broadway.