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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Filmmaking Institute

Precollege filmmaking students

Grades 9–12

Frequently Asked Questions

This four-week precollege program is for high school students interested in writing, directing, editing, and acting in original movies, while learning the art of visual storytelling. Begin with shooting exercises that strengthen framing and composition skills. Learn how to tell a dramatic and visually interesting story by writing short scenes and then more complicated scripts. Develop and write scripts using professional scriptwriting software. Learn the art of storyboarding and previsualization, gaining comfort with lighting equipment and directing actors. Gain practice working on a set, creating collaboratively, and learn how to “crew.” Editing and advanced editing techniques are taught using a professional digital editing system.

Students will explore their creative aspirations that will ultimately be expressed on screen. They may work on specific genres of their choice, such as fiction, documentary, or experimental. Instructors provide guidance on creating a “calling card film,” which can be useful in the college application process.

Two girls with miniDV camcorder

  • Students must supply their own MiniDV, internal hard drive, digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, or flash memory digital camcorders. DVD and Flip camcorders are not recommended. (Bring your manuals too!)
  • Gratuitous violence, use of guns, and/or offensive language are not permitted.
  • Family and friends are invited to a screening of selected works from each student on the last day of the Institute.

To broaden exposure to the arts, the Filmmaking Institute can be combined with the Vocal Intensive, Code Breakers and App Designers (new!), or Shakespeare Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

June 30–July 25
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,165 for the first registration
$1,948.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

John Morgan (lead instructor) worked as a film editor at a renowned visual effects house R/GA Digital Studios in New York City before becoming a full-time teacher. Working alongside top commercial directors, designers, animators, and digital compositors, he helped create ground-breaking special visual effects for motion pictures and television. Trained in both 35mm film and computer-based editing, he has cut everything from TV commercials and documentary films to motion picture special effects and main title sequences. He enjoys teaching and learning from students who share his passion for film. This will be John’s fourth year teaching the Filmmaking Institute.

Posted Aug. 27, 2014

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