Arts and Communication Pre-College Studio Programs

Filmmakers Studio

Filmmakers Studio offers rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to explore concepts and practices in film production. Applicants selected for the five-week program train in the art and technique of single-camera digital film production or 16mm film production.

Film production students 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.

Rising juniors and seniors are welcome to apply to either the 16mm Film Production Track or the Single-Camera Digital Film Production Track. Rising sophomore applicants will be considered for admission to the Digital Film Production Track, only.

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. Film production students produce a short film, ranging from 4 to 7 minutes.

Program Options

Digital Film Production Track (non-credit)
Students that select the single-camera digital film production track acquire introductory to intermediate-level skills in shooting on digital video, lighting for black-and-white film, sound design, recording and mixing, and editing digital film. The single-camera digital film production track is a noncredit program.

16mm Film Production Track (8 college credits)
Students that select the 16mm film production track acquire the basics of non-synchronous 16mm film-making including camera operation, principles of cinematography and lighting for black-and-white film, non-sync sound recording and transfers, and picture and sound editing. The 16mm film production track is offered for eight college credits.


Filmmakers Showcase

All students who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase their work and the skills they have learned to friends and family. The Filmmakers Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2015.


Program Dates and Costs

Program Dates (including required orientation): July 5–August 8, 2015
Screening: August 8, 2015
Move-out day for on-campus students: August 9, 2015–by noon

Filmmakers Studio Costs Per Student:

16mm Film Production Option (Upon successful completion of the five-week 16mm filmmakers program, students earn eight credits)*

  • Residential: $8,720
  • Commuter: $5,425

Lunch, Monday through Friday is included. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.

*Note: Only rising high school juniors and seniors will be considered for the 16mm track. Each applicant must submit official secondary school transcripts and an official PSAT, SAT or ACT score.

Digital Film Production Option (noncredit)

  • Residential: $7,320
  • Commuter: $4,025

Lunch, Monday through Friday is included. The residential option includes room, linens, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.

Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will be considered for the Digital Film track.

Non-refundable program application fee: $30
Filmmakers Studio Priority Application Deadline: May 1, 2015


Who May Apply

Students entering grades 10, 11 and 12 during the 2015-2016 academic year and who are between the ages of 15 and 18 as of July 5, 2015 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.

Candidates for the Filmmakers Studio Program–applicants to both the 16mm Track and the Digital Production Track–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 or two pages, discuss a film, a film director or screenwriter 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. 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. Submissions will not be returned.

Applicants to the 16mm Production Track must also submit:

  • Transcript: Official secondary school transcripts
  • Official Test Scores: A copy of their official PSAT, SAT or ACT score.

We will accept applications through June 15, 2015. 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 1, 2015.

International Student Applications
The final deadline for international student applicants is May 25, 2015. Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.


Schedule

Weekly schedule is subject to change.

MondayThursday
Pre-production, script writing, equipment and software demos, 9:30 am–11:45 am
Lunch, 11:45 am–1:00 pm
Production workshop, filming, editing, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm,
Lectures, master classes, screenings, 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Friday
Morning screenings, afternoon field trip excursions, 9:30 am–5:00 pm,

Saturday
Workshops and labs, 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.