The New Screen: Narrative Filmmaking Boot Camp
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Cultural Studies
Course Number: LCST 2403
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film
  • Film & Video Production
  • Media Studies
In this film production boot camp, each student writes, directs and edits two short films--one in our first week, and the other in our remaining three weeks. Students will be guided through the process of constructing a compelling narrative, from conception to the fundamentals of screenwriting, to formulating a visual plan and rehearsing with actors, to shooting, and editing. The course will address and instruct basic technical aspects of each phase of production, but our focus will be on the process of discovery. If a filmmaker is lucky, the film she shoots is not quite the one she wrote, and it then becomes something else entirely in the editing room. Can you learn to keep your heart and mind open as your film continually tells you what it most wants to be? (If you already know the film you absolutely must make, this is not the course for you.) Filmmaking is a collaborative experience, and students will be expected to help each other as cast and crew. The course meets four days a week, for four weeks. In addition, students will attend one evening class a week to watch and discuss works by some master filmmakers.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Undergraduate students.