Filmmaking Curriculum

Filmmaking Summer Intensives

Filmmaking Curriculum

The Filmmaking Summer Intensive program offers curricula for Rising Filmmakers – any and all students with no prior experience – and Advanced Filmmakers – students with previous filmmaking courses and experience.

Rising Filmmakers

Open to any and all students with no prior experience.

Students in this program will first learn how to develop a short narrative script in terms of character, plot, conflict, structure, and format. They will develop their own five-minute screenplay or choose from an existing library and prepare a script for production. All completed student screenplays will be put into production, and students are allowed and encouraged to team up to develop a shared project.

During the first two weeks of the program, participants will also be taught the basics of cinematography and camera operating, directing, producing and both the theory of editing and the use of digital editing software.

After completing necessary safety tests, students will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of key capacities, including director, producer, cinematographer or editor, and other crew positions such as script supervisor, assistant cameraman, boom operator, gaffer, grip, and electrician. They may also act in student projects.

Along with making films, participants will watch and learn to analyze films from the UNCSA's extensive film archive, one of the largest film collections in the nation, and attend specialty classes in all the above fields. Sessions on still and portrait photography, graphic and poster design and film composition are also provided.

The program ends with a film festival in which all student projects are screened and compete for awards in several categories.

Advanced Filmmakers

Open to returning students and those who have completed year-long intermediate high school film or video courses, or are members of an International Baccalaureate Organization-sponsored film program and are thoroughly familiar with both hardware and software.

At this stage most students will have identified their chosen field, (e.g. screenwriting, cinematography, producing, editing or directing). Students will begin a review of their previous studies, attend specialty classes, and pre-produce projects they have developed either before the summer program or in the first half of the program.

After completing all necessary safety tests, students will have additional opportunities to develop a short narrative screenplay and direct the project or to serve as crew multiple times in their particular area of interest to gain expertise and experience. Students in this advanced program are encouraged to avail themselves of the consultation and one-on-one training with the instructor in their area of interest.

Along with making films, participants will watch and learn to analyze films from the UNCSA's extensive film archive, one of the largest film collections in the nation, and attend specialty classes in all the above fields. Sessions on still and portrait photography, graphic and poster design and film composition are also provided.

Films developed in the Advanced Filmmakers Program will be entered in the film festival and compete in various award categories.