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You've asked for it! Our Advanced Projects program has been designed for our dedicated alumni, our filmmaking students who have taken our two and three-week filmmaking intensives as well as our three-week Advanced Filmmaking intensive and who still want more! Students in the Advanced Projects intensive have a strong foundation in narrative filmmaking - having previously written, directed and produced more than three films of their own. They have edited extensively with Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, have made films using the double system (recording image and sound separately) and have synced their own sound. You haven't taken a class with us before but have this experience? Just call our office to discuss.
Please note that students in the Advanced Projects intensive need to come to the program with a 6-8 page production-ready screenplay. There is no time to develop a screenplay during the three-week intensive itself. The first week of the porgram is devoted to pre-produciton, casting, and final tweaks of the script. The second week, students are in production making their films. The third week is devoted to picture editing, sound design, sound mixing, color correction, critique, and final output. We highly encourage Advanced Projects students to enroll in the SOCAPA Screenwriting intensive that directly precedes the Advanced Projects intensive. This will allow ample time to develop a well-structured screenplay and will give students additional pre-production time to scout and secure locations in the vicinity of campus.
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. Lessons in advanced directing technique and advanced producing are the cornerstone of the course, but many of the lessons and guest speakers will be chosen according to the students' project ideas and expressed learning goals. Sculpted after the Advanced Projects courses at leading collegiate film schools, the Advanced Projects program serves as a bridge between attending filmmaking programs and being an independent filmmaker.
The Advanced Projects intensive provides our advanced students with the opportunity to develop a longer independent project with the guidance of our knowledgeable and accomplished instructors. Students submit their film treatment for their documentary or narrative idea with the application. Our teachers will review and ask questions about their idea over the spring. Two weeks before arrival, students will be asked to submit a more thorough project idea, from which the instructors will develop the details of the program.
The great German filmmaker, Werner Herzog, has made one masterpiece after another in both the narrative and documentary form over his prolific five-decade career. His fascination with stories featuring tenacious heroes burdened with impossible dreams mirrors his own struggles as an uncompromising, visionary filmmaker in an industry dominated by Hollywood glitz. Herzog is known for pushing himself, his crew and his actors beyond their limits to create highly ambitious works of art. With Herzog as our inspiration, we encourage our Advanced Projects students to dream big, push the limits, and create the impossible!
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"My experience at SOCAPA was great! I learned a lot about filmmaking and at the same time I met wonderful new friends from all over the world. Classes were interesting, filming was exciting and editing was long but enjoyable. I'll definitely see you next summer!"
Marika A, Athens, Greece