This Four-Week Workshop provides students with a thorough introduction to the foundations of film craft. NYFA is perhaps the only film school that is so hands-on and intensive. The teaching methodology is as much practical learning as theory. The workshop comprises of shoots on a daily basis giving practical insights to every aspect of the theory that is taught. The academy boasts of one of the highest camera to student ratio as compared to any other film school in the world. Each student is exposed to the roles and functions of all crew members in a film shoot. A group of 4-6 students is assigned a camera. Each and every student of every group has to direct three films, which allows him or her to understand and execute the jobs of a film director. When the student is not directing his or her own film, the student is assisting his team member playing a different role each time. Thus apart from directing, each student has to perform the tasks of a DOP, a gaffer, a production asst and so on. This unique method gives a complete exposure to the various tasks that a crew needs to conduct in a film shoot.

Diplomas on completion of the course will be awarded by: New York Film Academy 100, East, 17th Street, New York, New York, 10003, USA.

The Four-Week program is structured around the production of three short films of increasing complexity. Classes and hands-on workshops are held throughout the week and some weekends are reserved for additional classes or shooting. Evenings are spent on writing, locations, casting, and editing. The fourth week is devoted to shooting and editing the final film, culminating in the final screening. As in all New York Film Academy workshops, each student writes, directs, shoots and edits a series of short film projects of his or her own using HD cameras, Lowel lighting packages, and Apple Final Cut Pro digital editing systems. Classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production cover the creative and technical demands of telling a story with moving images. Each week all the students’ films are screened and critiqued in class with the instructor.

The following classes are designed to be of immediate and practical use in an integrated curriculum. Each week students are able to immediately apply the lessons learned in their classes to the films they are producing.

Director’s Craft serves as the spine of the workshop, introducing students to the language and practice of filmmaking. Through a combination of hands-on exercises, screenings, and demonstrations, students learn the fundamental directing skills needed to create a succinct and moving film. This class prepares students for each of their film projects and is the venue for screening and critiquing their work throughout the course.

The writing course adheres to the philosophy that -good directing cannot occur without a well-written script. The course is designed to build a fundamental understanding of dramatic structure which is essential to writing an engaging film. Arc, theme, character, tension, and conflict are thoroughly explored.

This class teaches the language of editing and the organization of film and sound material. Films are shot on HD and edited digitally with Final Cut Pro on Apple computers. While students learn how to use the nonlinear editing software, the emphasis is on the craft of editing, which challenges students to create cogent sequences that best serve the story.

Beginning on day one, this no-nonsense camera class allows students to learn the fundamental skills of the art of cinematography with HD cameras, the Lowel VIP Lighting Kit and its accessories. In the first week, students shoot and screen tests for focus, exposure, lens perspective, film latitude, slow/fast motion, contrast, and lighting.

This class is designed to demystify the craft of filmmaking through in-class exercises shot on film under the supervision of the instructor. Through this in-class practice, students learn to articulate the objective of a given scene, which allows the necessary craft and techniques to follow. Production Workshop gives students the opportunity to learn which techniques will help them express their ideas most effectively.

The following subjects will be covered and practiced in the Hands-On Camera, Lighting, and Production Workshop: 1. Film Stocks - Properties of black and white, color reversal, and negative emulsions. 2. Exposure Meters - Practical and creative ways of measuring and evaluating light through incident light readings. 3. Basic Lighting - Three point lighting, hard and soft light, bounced light and available light, and lighting continuity. 4. Lenses - Practical tests on how different focal lengths and f-stops affect the mood of the scene and the attention of the viewer. 5. Coverage - The long shot, establishing shot, matching shot, sight lines and screen direction. 6. Filters - Students learn to use black and white contrast filters and red, green, and yellow filters to get the effects they desire for their films.

Students will use HD camera. The Academy maintains a large number of cameras in its inventory to ensure the highest ratio of cameras to students of any film school in the world. Award winning films have been produced out of the New York Film Academy workshops . It has been proven time and again that filmmakers armed with our equipment can produce outstanding films. The Film Academy challenges the filmmaker to use the camera, lights, and lenses to best tell their stories.

All crews will be given a lighting package that has been tailored by the Film Academy to meet the needs of workshop productions. The kit combines portability with lighting needs: it is small enough to fit into a taxi, yet provides enough power to create a well-lit interior scene within a reasonable amount of time.

While every student in the program writes and directs his or her own films, it is important that students realize that filmmaking is a collaborative art. Students form three or four person crews and gain invaluable experience rotating in the principal production positions: • Writer/ Director/ Editor/Producer • Director of Photography • Assistant Camera • Gaffer/Grip By getting behind the camera as a cinematographer, students train their eyes for composition and learn to respect the difficulties of setting up a shot. Similarly, by working as a gaffer and taking responsibility for the lights, they practice how light and shadow affect the film. By working in the various crew positions students gain empathy and respect for their crews, this is essential for successful work as a director. These crews function as working groups for each film exercise and the final film. Thus, each student not only directs a series of projects, but also works in crew positions on his or her colleagues’ films. Crews are required to meet each week with the directing instructor to review their scripts and shooting plans.

The Film Academy faculty designed a series of film exercises as building blocks for the final film project. They are intended to instill in each student a degree of confidence in visual storytelling and to provide a foundation in basic film craft. Those new to filmmaking begin to understand how the disciplines of writing, cinematography, sound, and editing work together, while those with experience can practice and refine specific craft skills. All students should seize this opportunity to experiment freely in order to develop their ability to engage and entertain an audience.