Filmmaking Summer Intensives

Overview:

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 13-19. 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 as well as our new Cinematography intensive. Filmmakers and writers of all levels can also hone their skills in our Screenwriting intensive. Click on the program boxes below for more details.

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Film Overview

Core Filmmaking, 2 & 3wk

A college level introduction to film theory and production. Student will write, direct, and edit one film of their own per week of this course.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Two or Three Weeks
  • Projects: The Lumiere, The Porter, The Kubrick (3wk Only)

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19

Filmmaking Production Lab, 2 & 3wk

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 work-shopping, 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!

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Two & Three Weeks
  • Projects: The Altman

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-18

Filmmaking Boot Camp, 1wk

A great way to learn the essentials of film theory and production when precious summer time is limited. Each student will write, direct, and edit one film of their own.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: One Week
  • Film Projects: The Rodriguez

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Intermediate
  • Ages 13-19

Advanced Filmmaking, 3wk

Young storytellers get to exercise their filmmaking muscles while learning the advanced filmmaking techniques that bring a story to life on the screen. This course provides students with the time on-set to create a strong foundation in production. Each student will write, direct, and edit two films of their own during this course.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City, Los Angeles & Vermont
  • Length: Three Weeks
  • Projects: The Hitchcock & The Kurowsawa

Course is good for:

  • Students who have completed the 2 or 3 Week Core Filmmaking course or an equivalent program
  • Ages 13-19

Screenwriting, 1, 2 & 3wk

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.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City and Los Angeles
  • Length: One, Two and Three Weeks
  • Projects: Group Film, Individual Screenplay

Course is good for:

  • Beginner to Advanced
  • Ages 13-19

Cinematography, 3wk

Get hands-on practice with cameras, lenses, and equipment that only the pros use.

Course details:

  • Offered in New York City Only
  • Length: Three Weeks
  • Projects: Dance Video, Music Video, Acting Reel

Course is good for:

  • Students who have completed our Core Filmmaking and/or Advanced Filmmaking course.
  • New students with equivalent formal training by Portfolio Application
  • Ages 15-19

Advanced Projects, 3wk

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.

Course details:

  • Offered in Vermont and New York City
  • Length: Three Weeks
  • Projects: Adv Project Film

Course is good for:

  • Students who have completed our Advanced Filmmaking course
  • Ages 13-19
Los Angeles actors and filmmakers celebrate after seeing a movie

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

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.

Actress Melissa Leo visits the New York City Campus

MASTER CLASSES

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.

SAMPLE FILM SCHEDULE
WEEK ONE
SUNDAY DAY ONE
11a-3p: Airport Arrivals
1-4p: Dormitory Check-in
5-6p: Welcome Dinner
6-7p Film Program Orientation - Meet & Greet with Teachers
7-8:30p: All Programs Orientation
9:30p: Dormitory Floor Meetings & Orientation
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
MONDAY DAY TWO
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Filmmaking #1
12-1p: Lunch
1-3p: Camera Tech #1
3-5p: Writing #1
5-6p: Get ready for dinner
7-9p: Dinner on the Town
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
TUESDAY DAY THREE
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Filmmaking #2
12-1p: Lunch
1p-3p: Camera Tech #2
3-5p: Writing #2
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9:30p: Walking Tour of Downtown/Group Photo
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
WEDNESDAY DAY FOUR
7:30a – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 1)
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 2)
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9:30p: Guest Filmmaker - Film Screening / Q&A
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
THURSDAY DAY FIVE
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Shoot Rodriguez (Directors 1)
12-1p: Lunch
1-5p: Intro to Editing Class / Start Editing
5:30 – 6:30: Dinner
7-9:30: Work Night - Editing
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
FRIDAY DAY SIX
7:30 – 8:30a: Breakfast
8:45a: Meet for Attendance in Lobby
9a-12p: Final Edits
12-1p: Lunch
1-3:30p: Critique Rodriguez
3:30 - 5:00p: Pack and Clean
5:30 – 6:30p: Dinner
7-9p: Final Showcase
  Wrap Party
10-10:30p: Floor Check-in
SATURDAY DAY SEVEN
8-10a: Students Depart
  We will miss you!!
   

Filmmaking Faculty

SOCAPA offers small classes and an accomplished teaching staff comprised of industry professionals with recent and ongoing production experience. Drawn from some of the top universities and film schools, including the Ivy League, USC, the American Film Institute, NYU, and Columbia, the instructors at SOCAPA guide the students through the program with delicacy and skill.

Sample Work

We are incredibly proud of the work our students create at SOCAPA. Check out some of the best films below or explore an actual Student Film Portfolio!

Student Films

White Emotions - SOCAPA Lumiere, New York City, Manhattan Campus Beauty: The Object of Longing - SOCAPA Lumiere, Vermont Campus String - SOCAPA Kubrick, New York City, Brooklyn Campus oslo - SOCAPA Kubrick, New York City, Manhattan Campus What No One Sees - SOCAPA Hitchcock, Vermont Campus Untitled - SOCAPA Hitchcock, New York City, Manhattan Campus Glory - SOCAPA Kurosawa, New York City, Manhattan Campus Fiammetta - SOCAPA Kurosawa, New York City, Manhattan Campus Love on Wheels - SOCAPA Kurosawa, New York City, Manhattan Campus Tempo - SOCAPA Kurosawa, New York City, Manhattan Campus Super Mistake - SOCAPA Rodriguez, New York City, Brooklyn Campus Campaign of Tear-er - SOCAPA Rodriguez, New York City, Brooklyn Campus

Advanced Project Films

Phantom - SOCAPA Advanced Project, Vermont Campus Passenger - SOCAPA Advanced Project, Vermont Campus The Visitor - SOCAPA Advanced Project, New York City, Manhattan Campus Yogurt - SOCAPA Advanced Project, New York City, Manhattan Campus Escape - SOCAPA Advanced Project, New York City, Manhattan Campus

Student Cinematpgraphy Reels

Cinematography Reel: 2015 - SOCAPA Cinematography Reel, New York City, Manhattan Campus Cinematography Reel - SOCAPA Cinematography Reel, New York City, Manhattan Campus Cinematography Reel: 2015 - SOCAPA Cinematography Reel, New York City, Manhattan Campus Cinematography Reel: 2015 - SOCAPA Cinematography Reel, New York City, Manhattan Campus Cinematography Reel - SOCAPA Cinematography Reel, New York City, Manhattan Campus