The International Film Institute of New York Summer: Filmmaking Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
    • Category: Performing & Visual Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 16, 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
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    The International Film Institute of New York offers a Five Week Filmmaking program at Sarah Lawrence College which is our signature course where students produce a short film from script to final screening.


    It is important that students understand that we focus on the most important aspect of making movies. Storytelling is the backbone of our program. The Summer Filmmaking program revolved around the ability to properly translate the written page onto the screen.  This is not to say that we do not cover the technical.

    Learning how to use camera, lights, and sound will all be part of the process. Without a solid foundation, you can shoot on the biggest and best camera in the world, and no one will sit and watch your movie.  Let’s all make an extra special effort to tell a great story that will live beyond the five week experience and support your long-term goal of becoming a filmmaker. 


    One thing that needs to be clarified is how the curriculum works. Throughout the five weeks you will be participating in the following classes.  Each class will have a different instructor:

    • Screenwriting Class
    • Directing Class
    • Working with Actors
    • Camera Tech Class
    • Lighting Workshop
    • Editing Class
    • Producing Workshop 

    Every Class is designed to build on the information from a previous session.  That is to say, each day and session is integrated into each new lesson to build on the information designed to get to the next level.  For instance, screenplays developed in the Screenwriting session are broken down and analyzed in the Directing Sessions.

    Once students have an understanding on how to breakdown a scene and compose shots, to convey the written page, they will then go into Camera and Lighting to learn how to use the tools that will bring their projects to life.  This will then be followed by a working with Actors session, Producing overview, and finally a full Casting Session in the City where they will have the opportunity to cast professional actors into their films. Because of the way the curriculum is structured attendance and participation are very important to the success of your project.

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