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Fall/Spring Courses

Filmmaking Institute (Grades 9-12)—starts February 29, 2020

Interested in writing, directing, editing, and acting in original short films, while learning the art of visual storytelling?  Strengthen your framing and composition skills with moving and still-photo exercises and create a series of silent (aka “MOS”) film sequences to better understand camera technique and how to express ideas and feelings - whether dramatic, comedic or horrific, or cinematically, without the need for dialogue.

Practice the art of previsualization via storyboarding and camera blocking. With each new project, gain comfort with lighting, sound, and camera equipment, as well as how to direct actors.  Most importantly, understand the importance of working collaboratively as you “crew” on a film set.

When not shooting, you will learn how to draft a short screenplay in industry-standard format and how edit or “cut” films together using professional editing software such as Adobe Premier. Finally, you will create a thesis film to share with friends and family.  Work in any genre of your choice, such as narrative, documentary, music video, or experimental.

Receive guidance in applying to film schools and create of a “calling card film,” which can be useful in the college application process, if interested.

YTH 9530 / noncredit / $495
With discount: $470 (children of Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: John (JP) Morgan
Saturday, 10:00 am–2:00 pm
February 29–May 9, no class on March 28, April 4, and April 11 (8 sessions)
Humanities Building, room 2034

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Writing through the Arts: Learning to See and the Art of Nonfiction (Grades 6-8)—starts March 4, 2020

Learn essential elements of the writer’s craft—descriptive detail, poetic language, punctuation as craft, and voice—that make personal narrative and nonfiction writing come alive. Practice close reading and engage in revising your work under the guidance of accomplished instructors. You will visit the Neuberger Museum of Art and participate in a writing celebration to applaud your accomplishments.

YTH 9166 / noncredit / $195
With discount: $170 (children of Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Ellen Brooks
Wednesday, 4:00–5:30pm
March 4–April 1 (5 sessions)
Neuberger Museum of Art, Study

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