In our 12-Week Filmmaking Workshop, each student writes, shoots, directs, and edits four of his/her own films and crews on 12 of their classmates’ projects.
Students in the New York Film Academy Australia’s 12-Week Filmmaking Workshop receive countless hours of hands-on instruction and actual production experience. The curriculum integrates intensive study in all the major filmmaking disciplines including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, producing, and editing. Students write, shoot, direct, and edit four of their own HD short films (including a final film). All projects are edited digitally.
The 12-Week Filmmaking Workshop is for people who have the passion to plunge into full-time filmmaking, and to commit themselves to a focused and demanding curriculum. No previous filmmaking experience is required. However, participants must work with self-discipline, energy, and mutual respect.
Beginning on day one, students participate in an intensive sequence of classes in Film Directing, Screenwriting, Camera Technique, Lighting, and Digital Editing. They extend and deepen their in-class learning by producing their own short films.
Working in crews of three or four, each student writes, produces, directs and edits four films of increasing complexity. In addition, each student fulfills the essential roles of director of photography, assistant camera operator, and gaffer (lighting technician) on the films of her/his crew members. Thus, everyone has the extensive hands-on experience of working on up to 12 short films in the first two months.
In the 12-Week Filmmaking Workshop students are placed with the Diploma of Screen and Media in Filmmaking students for the first eight weeks of their program. During the last four weeks, students will break from the Diploma program and participate in their own group. Students will also participate in additional production workshops on some weekends.
During their stay, students are introduced to new digital video technology. With its ease of use, the digital video cameras will allow the students to immediately delve deeper into the director's craft. The projects produced, as well as the in-class production workshops, challenge students to explore the dramatic mechanics of motion picture storytelling and the critical collaboration between actors and directors. Supporting classes include Screenwriting, Directing, Editing, and Safety on Set.