SESSION - DATES: November 16, 2019 - november 17, 2019
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
TUITION:  $425.00


Wonder what goes into making a film? Considering going to Film School?  Is filmmaking for you? The 2 DAY Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar is designed as a comprehensive overview of the process of making films from script through Screening. Along with informative seminars students will have the opportunity to explore the technical side of the process by getting hands on experience with 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.

This seminar will be presented by filmmaking professionals in their respective fields and will take place in New York City.

Following is a sample schedule of what participants can expect throughout the 2 Day seminar. This is an opportunity to explore career options and, more importantly, to ask questions! 



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.


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 Two-Day Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar.  Class size will be limited.  No additional expenses, beyond tuition, will be required.  All course materials will be provided.  Location, Final Schedule, and Course Syllabus will be available prior to the start of the seminar.  Classes begin promptly at 10:00 AM unless otherwise specified. In the event that a field trip is scheduled throughout the week students will be provided directions to meet at the specified location.  All site visits scheduled will be within New York City.  During production related session no open shoes, sandals, flip flops should be worn to protect participants from injury.  To participate in technical workshops requiring the use of electricity and or heavy equipment, students will be asked to sign a waiver releasing the IFI and the location from any and all liability claims due to injury caused by using facilities and equipment.  Safety is our priority when on set.