The Filmmaking Boot Camp takes students through the entire filmmaking process in just five days! All students write, direct and edit one film of their own, and work as crew for one another, providing each student the opportunity to work as a Director of Photography, Sound Technician, or Production Assistant. Due to time constraints, the emphasis here is on single system film production, where sound and image are captured by the same camera. Students make creative use of sound, recording wild-sound and effects in production, and building a multi-layered sound track of ambience, effects, voice-over and music in post-production. This way, boot camp students avoid the pitfalls of time-consuming sync-sound production and are naturally steered away from overly talky scripts towards more polished, visual cinema.
Join your creatively-minded peers and bring your story to life. There's nothing quite like the experience of taking an idea, putting it on paper, and working with a dedicated crew to turn it into something visual and tangible that can be shared and revisited whenever you'd like. Screen your film for the whole camp at the Final Showcase and experience a hard-earned and very satisfying sense of accomplishment.
Monday and Tuesday, in the mornings, SOCAPA film students take their main Writing and Directing Classes. In Writing Class, students generate ideas, learn fundamentals of three-act structure, and workshop their scripts. In Directing Class, they learn the basics of film language, camera placement, and shot construction.
On Monday afternoon, students will take a technical camera class, in which they learn how to operate the DSLR cameras they will be using on their shoots. After in-class demonstrations, students conduct shooting exercises and then come back to review their footage with the class.
SOCAPA offers the immediate opportunity to learn the most recent advancements in digital technologies. In the Core Fimmaking intensives, students will be using state-of-the art 1080p High Definition video cameras. All students are encouraged to edit on Adobe Premiere digital editing systems (students with experience editing in other software may consult their film instructor for permission to use an alternative editing system), the current industry standard.
Robert Rodriguez, known for his unorthodox shot progression, both when shooting and editing, is often a "one-man film crew". Though students will have a crew, the task of writing, directing and editing this two minute film in such a short time frame requires students to solve constraints of time and money (as all filmmakers experience!) using the camera and their editing acquiesce, for which Rodriguez is known.
Students in the Los Angeles program enjoy the advantages of being in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world. Chosen as home base by the film industry because of its nonstop sunshine and beautiful scenery, Hollywood has become synonymous with making movies.More about LA
SOCAPA New York City is centered around two neighboring campuses, one in downtown Manhattan at our Pace University campus in the South Street Seaport area, and the other in downtown Brooklyn at New York University’s Metrotech Campus.More about NYC
SOCAPA Vermont is hosted at Champlain College, situated in the picturesque city of Burlington, Vermont. Champlain's campus is perched in the historic Hill Section, overlooking the breathtaking Lake Champlain and the surrounding Adirondack Mountains.More about VT
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New York City Campus
Los Angeles, CA