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screenwriting                                                                          
directing                                                                                
cinematography
editing           

development 
preproduction                                                                      
production
post-production

the making of
an anthology feature film

 

program details

 

This is a full-year Film Program.  It consists of a sequence of required courses: 

screenwriting  directing & working with actors  cinematography
preproduction & production (principal photography)  post-production (editing)


Screenwriting is the prerequisite for all other courses. All students must take it. 

 

The objective of the program is two-fold: 
 

to provide students with solid working knowledge of all aspects of film production

• to guide students through the making of a short film from story idea to completion

 

Students write a short script in screenwriting, workshop it in directing and cinematography,
shoot in production courses, and edit in post-production. 

Classes meet
once a weekDue to COVID 19, most class meetings are online.
So you may join us from anywhere in the world. All you need is an Internet connection.

Some of the production classes will meet in person in New York City and Dubai.
 
If you can't come to our physical location, no worries, you may still participate in the courses,
as we will stream them 
online for registered students. 

 

Individual shorts made by students will compose a feature-length anthology film
to be showcased
at film festivals and distributed on Amazon Prime.
(Students retain full ownership of their films and receive all royalties from their distribution.)

To SIGN UP for the 2021-2022 Program, 
please REGISTER for Screenwriting first. 

 
 
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screen-writing 



meets on Sundays
Aug. 29 – Nov. 14
12 weeks

11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST
20:00 - 22:00 Dubai time

ONLINE

 

FEE: $500 USD* 

REGISTER NOW

theory:

·    three-act feature story structure

·    two-act short story structure

·    action-driven vs.
     character-driven story

·    scene structure
·
   character development

·    scene & character analysis

·    functions of dialogue

·    script formatting

·    writing exercises  

practice:

development of a short SCRIPT
from story idea to fine draft

instructor: ROBERT TUTAK, MFA
director, Professor of Film CUNY

 

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directing &
working with actors

meets on Sundays
Nov. 21 - Jan. 2
7 weeks

11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST
20:00 - 22:00 Dubai time

HYBRID
(online & in person when possible)

 

FEE: $500 USD*

Directing the camera:

·    180-degree rule

·    image sizes

·    in-depth vs flat 
     frame composition 

·    visual emphasis & de-emphasis

·    scene coverage:
     master shot w/covering angles

·    overlapping action

·    a non-dialogue scene exercise

 

Directing actors:

·    directing as translating                             psychology into action

·    inside-out vs outside-in
     acting techniques
·    audition techniques 

·    story & character development
     through improvisation

·    scene analysis & blocking

·    blocking pattern

     workshopping scenes
     from the SCRIPT

 

cinema-
t
ography

meets on Saturdays
Nov. 20 – Jan. 1
7 weeks

11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST
20:00 - 22:00 Dubai time

HYBRID
(online & in person when possible)

 

FEE: $500 USD* 

·    digital cinematography: 
     tools, techniques, and workflow

·    cameras​ & camera sensors 

·    camera set-up & operations 

·    frame rates & aspect ratios

·    lenses 

·    lighting instruments and gear

·    lighting terminology

·    exposure 

·    color & aspects of lighting

·    basic lighting techniques

·    hands-on lighting exercises:
     three-point lighting setup 

 

      visual style development

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preproduction and production
of individual short film projects

preproduction:

·    casting

·    location scouting

·    forming crews

·    permits, contracts & insurance

·    pre-visualization

·    working with actors on  scene  
     & character development

 

production:

·    principal photography

preproduction
& production
 

meets on Sundays
Jan. 9 - March 13
(during production: as needed)
10 weeks

11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST
20:00 - 22:00 Dubai time

HYBRID
(online & in person)

 

FEE: $500 USD*

 

post-
production 


meets on Sundays
March 20 – June 19
14 weeks

11:00 AM-1:00 PM EST
20:00 - 22:00 Dubai time

ONLINE

 

FEE: $500 USD* 

theory:

·    basic rules of editing

practice: 

·    editing of the film project

·    picture editing

·    sound editing

·    sound design

·    sound mix

·    color correction 

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* Additional screening fees and equipment and software expenses apply.