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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2016 Precollege Programs in the Arts:
Filmmaking Institute

Grades 9–12
Location: Music Bldg., Room 0039

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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 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.

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To broaden exposure to the arts, the Filmmaking Institute can be combined with Modern Journalism (updated!), Vocal Intensive, Minecraft™ Animators and Modders (updated!), or Shakespeare Workshop to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

Precollege filmmaking students

June 27–July 22
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$2,100 for the first registration
$1,890 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 6, 2016)

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 sixth year teaching the Filmmaking Institute.

Updated June 2, 2016

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Summer Precollege Programs:

How to Register
Parent & Student Testimonials

Program Descriptions:

Acting Intensive
Architecture Intensive
Code Breakers & App Designers
Creative Vocal Lab
Creative Writing Institute
Filmmaking Institute
Minecraft™ Animators &

Modern Journalism
Neu Curators
Photography Institute
Project Fashion Designer
Shakespeare Workshop
Songwriting Workshop
STEM Scholars
Summer Percussion Seminar
3-D Video Game &
Makers Lab Creations

Visual Arts Institute
Vocal Intensive

Program Options:

Early Drop-Off Option
Extended-Day Option

Summer Youth Programs
(grades 4–8)

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