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.
Please note that students in the Advanced Projects intensive need to come to the program with a 6-8 page production-ready screenplay. The first week of the program is devoted to thoughtfully editing these completed scripts with screenwriting instruction. Students will also have opportunities in their first week to begin scouting and securing locations and organizing their props. In 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.
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. Students should create complete scripts before arrival at camp, and be ready to revise them during the program's first week.
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!
"I was extremely pleased with my son's experience at SOCAPA. It made a big difference in his life. Not only did he learn about the technical aspects and art of being a filmmaker; he became a much better student overall. He now has a much greater appreciation for education in general.
As you know, Tom wants to study film in college. Many of his essays mention different things he learned at SOCAPA. The movie he is submitting to the colleges is one he made during your program. I'm sure that attending your school has made him a much more attractive college candidate."
Paul C, Hartford, CT