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Start Date:

Mon, Jul 19, 11:00am - Jul 23, 5:00pm Eastern Time (5 sessions)

Price include $30 registration fee.
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this film production class:

This class is presented in partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.

This class is offered both online and in-person.

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This one week course is an in-depth study of the filmmaking process  from script to screen. Students will gain a better understanding of  critical craft elements necessary for the success of any project. The  one week Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar is designed as a  comprehensive overview of the process of making films from script  through Screening. Through informative seminars students will have the  opportunity to explore the technical side of the process by reviewing  camera, sound and lighting equipment. This seminar offers a great  opportunity to explore and discuss film school options and what program  might be best suited for your specific goals as you consider a career in  the industry. This is a great course for anyone looking to learn what  goes on behind the camera. The seminar will be presented by filmmaking  professionals in their respective fields. Following is a sample schedule  of what participants can expect throughout the seminar. This is an  opportunity to explore career options and, more importantly, to ask  questions!

We welcome students age 15 and older and are intended for both a pre-college and lifelong learning audience.


The seminar will provide an overview of writing for the screen.

  • Cinematic Storytelling: The Foundation of Filmmaking
  • Good Stories vs. Good Movie Stories
  • The Mechanics of Moving a Story
  • Choosing a Narrative Structure
  • Techniques for Building Strong Characters
  • Common Story Pitfalls

A conceptual approach to the art and craft of writing for film. Emphasis is on writing from a visual point of view, as well as analyzing and exploring the elements fundamental to all styles of screenwriting. The goal of this class is to clear up the common misunderstandings that become obstacles to writing effectively for the screen and assist students in thinking visually.


Students will discuss the basic principles of film directing, from the breakdown of the script as the first stage of directing, to the analysis of the script from the director's point of view.          

The Director's Task

  • What is Your Film About?
  • Getting to the Heart of Your Idea
  • Choosing a Form: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental   
  • Directing the Camera
  • Thinking Cinematically
  • Light as Expression
  • Staging a Scene
  • Moving the Camera


The process of filmmaking is looked at from the producer's point of view. This session will explore the role of the producer and the process of putting together a film for production.  Students will discuss financing options, budgets, scheduling, line-producing, production, and post-production as it relates directly with the responsibilities of the position.                

  • The Business of Film
  • The Role of the Producer: Planning, Shooting, and Selling
  • The Laws Behind the Magic: Protecting Your Assets
  • Web Movies and Streaming Video: Marketing Your Shorts On Line


Getting all the parts to come together on a set is what we all work toward. What happens on a set?


This session provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of cinematography. Course will cover the practical use of cameras, lenses, and other tools of the trade. The emphasis will be on finding ways to visualize the story rather than just using equipment.  

  • The Art of Motion Picture Photography
  • The Gear: Cameras, Tripods, & Lighting Equipment
  • The Relationship Between the Cinematographer and the Director


This session, a continuation of the Camera session, will introduce the student to the basic vocabulary of lighting, including: lighting direction and formal definition, hard and soft light qualities, and the laws of light behavior. An overview of the role of the director of photography as the position relates to the filmmaking process.

What’s Next

Breaking In

  • Building Your Professional Film Portfolio
  • Finding Work on Crews, in Production Offices, and with Distributors
  • Film School vs. "Go Out & Shoot"


No Experience necessary to participate in the One-Week Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar.  No additional expenses, beyond tuition, will be required.  All course materials will be provided.  Final Schedule, and Course Syllabus will be available prior to the start of the seminar.  Please note that the workshop begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday.  Classes begin promptly at 11:00 AM unless otherwise specified.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy
All Courses provided by The International Film Institute of New York require minimum enrollment to be conducted. In the event that minimum enrollment is not achieved, full refund of deposit and, any additional tuition paid will be refunded 100%.

The school will notify participants 7 days prior to the start of the session with details regarding course schedule and confirmation.

Deposits will not be refunded if cancellation occurs less than 14 days prior to the start of a workshop. No refunds will be made once the workshop has begun.
Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 5 $755
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Jul 20 11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Wed, Jul 21 11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Jul 22 11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Fri, Jul 23 11:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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