Film Boot Camp

1 week
Tuition:
  • $1195.00
Campuses:
  • New York, Vermont, Los Angeles
Ages:
  • 13-19

Curriculum & Schedule:

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.

The first two days of the week are spent learning the fundamentals of filmmaking with separate classes in screenwriting, directing technique, and cinematography. By Wednesday, students are "in production" making their films in small crews of three to four filmmakers along with several actors from the acting program. Each crew is supervised by an accomplished production instructor who helps guide the director and crew to ensure a safe and successful day of shooting. Once the films are "in the can," the week ends with an introduction to professional editing software. Students edit their films and are critiqued in class by their instructors. At the final Friday showcase, all the movies are screened in the theater at the weekly Friday night showcase for the entire camp.

1 Week Filmmaking

  • Rodriguez Film Project
  • Camera tech
  • Introduction to editing
  • Crew on additional student films

2 Week Filmmaking

  • Lumiere Film Project
  • Porter Film Project
  • Camera and sound tech
  • Introduction to editing
  • Sound and Sound Effects
  • Crew on additional student films
Teen Summer Film Camp Screenwriting & Directing

WRITING & DIRECTING

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.

Cinematography for High School Student Filmmakers

CINEMATOGRAPHY

On Monday and Tuesday 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.

Editing for Teens - Learn Final Cut Pro & Premiere

EDITING & CRITIQUE

On Thursday, students have their first Editing Class. The editing teacher gives a demonstration of the software and then the students cut their film project under the direct supervision of their instructor. Extra editing time is available for those who need it. On Friday, students put the finishing touches on their films before having an in-class critique. That night, the whole camp gathers in the theater to watch the final "Showcase Screening" of all the completed student films and student work.

Film & Video Production Equipment

EQUIPMENT

SOCAPA offers the immediate opportunity to learn the most recent advancements in digital technologies. In the Boot Camp intensive, 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).

Film Project:

Each student writes, directs and edits one film of their own during the week. Each SOCAPA project is inspired by a film director who exemplifies a mastery of the techniques that we cover that week in class. The Film Boot Camp focuses on creative, visual storytelling under extreme constraints of time and budget. Wisely, students make use of creative sound, recording wild-sound and effects in production, and building a multi-layered sound track of ambiences, effects, voice-over and music in post-production. This way, boot camp students avoid the pitfalls of cumbersome sync-sound production and are naturally steered away from overly talky films towards more polished-sounding, visual storytelling.

Rodriguez Film

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.

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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.

New York City Campus

1WK FILM BOOT CAMP, NEW YORK CITY
Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2017 (Session 1)
Tuition:
$1195.00
Room & Board:
$760.00
Ages:
14 - 18
1WK FILM BOOT CAMP, MANHATTAN
Aug 06 - Aug 12, 2017 (Session 4)
Tuition:
$1195.00
Room & Board:
$775.00
Ages:
15 - 19

Burlington, VT

1WK FILM BOOT CAMP, VERMONT
Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2017 (Session 3)
Tuition:
$1195.00
Room & Board:
$595.00
Ages:
13 - 18
1WK FILM BOOT CAMP, VERMONT
Aug 06 - Aug 12, 2017 (Session 4)
Tuition:
$1195.00
Room & Board:
$595.00
Ages:
13 - 18

Los Angeles, CA

1WK FILM BOOT CAMP, LOS ANGELES
Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2017 (Session 1)
Tuition:
$1195.00
Room & Board:
$695.00
Ages:
13 - 18