Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs
Filmmakers Studio offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore concepts and practices in single camera digital filmmaking and television production. Applicants selected for the five-week program train in the art and technique of producing digital short films and gain extensive production experience including, but not limited to, creating story structure, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing. Participants develop strong and practical story ideas, visualize those ideas in storyboards, and realize those ideas in short films. Students shoot on digital video, edit on Final Cut Pro, and output all projects for DVD and the web. Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase their work and filmmaking skills they have learned.
Please note: This program is designed for students who want intensive training in digital filmmaking, have a passion for storytelling and respect for the creative process, and understand how to manage their time and complete assignments both in and out of the classroom. Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year and who are between the ages of 15 and 18 as of July 5, 2014 and who have the desire and maturity to receive constructive criticism about their work and give helpful feedback to others during the program are encouraged to apply.
Filmmakers Studio focuses on developing and strengthening the creative and technical skills used in digital filmmaking. Students who participate in this program:
- Analyze story structure in short films
- Learn how to structure, develop and write short fiction and non-fiction subjects
- Develop writing, directing, camera, and editing skills for short digital films
- Develop and strengthen a deeper understanding of the science, technology and principles of digital filmmaking
- Gain working knowledge of basic camera operation, lighting and sound design, and sound recording and mixing
- Learn the principles of the “three-act structure” and “character arcs”
- Shoot and edit several short films – fiction and nonfiction, conventional and experimental
- Produce a final portfolio film 4 to 7 minutes in length
Filmmakers Studio introduces students to all aspects of digital film production. Students learn introductory- to intermediate-level skills in shooting, lighting, and editing digital film. They also learn how to develop, storyboard, and write short fiction and non-fiction scripts in a variety of styles and genres. Students produce a minimum of one film each week, either individually or in groups. A significant proportion of class time is devoted to viewing and critiquing films in order to develop a deeper appreciation of film art and technique. In general, each day will be divided into two parts. The morning lecture sessions include film clips from a wide variety of styles, genres, historical periods, and cultural backgrounds. Afternoon sessions cover equipment and software instruction and actual film production.
One of the main objectives of Filmmakers Studio is to provide students with the necessary means and instruction to produce a portfolio film for their college applications. The production of this film, ranging from 4 to 7 minutes, begins during the second week and continues until the final day of the program when all final films are screened to friends and family. The Filmmakers Screening is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014. The time of the screening will be determined.
Program Dates and Costs
Program Dates (including required orientation): July 5–August 9, 2014
Screening: August 9, 2014
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 10, 2014–by noon
Filmmakers Studio Costs per student:
- Residential: $6,920
- Commuter: $3,825
Lunch, Monday through Friday is included. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.
Non-refundable program application fee: $30
Filmmakers Studio Priority Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
Who May Apply
High school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2014–2015 academic year are welcome to apply to Filmmakers Studio. Note: You must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of July 5, 2014 to participate in this program.
Each candidate for the Filmmakers Studio Program must submit the required application form completed and signed, a non-refundable application fee of $30, and the following documents:
- Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe: 1) what you hope to achieve during the studio program and 2) an event you feel has prepared you for the pre-college program.
- Essay: In one page, discuss a film and/or a director that you feel is most influential to your work. In a collaborative or team project, what role do you feel most and least comfortable taking? Why?
- Teacher Recommendation: Please submit at least one recommendation, completed by a teacher or teachers who know your work, in a sealed envelope with each teacher’s signature across the back seal. If possible, the teachers should know your work in the field to which you are applying.
- Completed Video Project on DVD or VHS or script: Please do not submit the only existing copy of your work.
We will accept applications through June 16, 2014. Admission to Emerson College's Arts and Communication Pre-College Programs is on a rolling basis. We suggest applying early, as space is limited. Admission decisions are made frequently.
The priority application deadline for Filmmakers Studio is May 2, 2014.
International Student Applications
International student applicants must provide additional application materials. Read international student information for applicants to pre-college programs.
Weekly schedule is subject to change.
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Evenings: homework time, as assigned by instructors.
Saturday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
EMERSON COLLEGE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY PROVISION OF THIS PROGRAM AT ANY TIME. THE COLLEGE SPECIFICALLY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ITS TUITION RATES AND ANY OTHER FINANCIAL CHARGES. THE COLLEGE ALSO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REARRANGE ITS COURSES AND CLASS HOURS, TO DROP COURSES FOR WHICH REGISTRATION FALLS BELOW THE MINIMUM ENROLLMENT, AND TO CHANGE INSTRUCTOR ASSIGNMENTS.