Digital Filmmakers Studio offers an online opportunity to explore video production concepts for documentary, experimental filmmaking, narrative and collaborative film production. Applicants selected for the five-week program train in the art and technique of single-camera digital film production. Beginning with discussions and lectures on the foundations and theories of cinematography, editing, and visual story-telling. Each student will complete film projects both on their own and via online collaboration with their cohorts, working on multiple films remotely with others and holding pre-production meetings via Zoom. The online structure of this course will offer students valuable experience working within today’s remote digital workflow. Students will also engage with their peers in an overview of Intro to Film Styles* course.

Each student will leave with a small portfolio of work that can assist them as they apply to colleges as rising seniors.

This program is only offered as a noncredit program.

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Program Dates and Costs


  • July 5 to August 8, 2020 (including required orientation)
  • Filmmakers Showcase: August 8, 2020

Costs Per Student:

  • Digital Filmmakers Tuition: $4,675
  • Non-refundable program application fee: $60

Pre-college programs are not eligible for Emerson college's tuition benefits.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in the Digital Filmmakers program, you will:

  • Gain extensive production experience including, but not limited to, creating story structure, cinematography, lighting, sound recording, and editing
  • Develop strong and practical story ideas, visualize those ideas in storyboards, and realize those ideas in short films
  • One of the main objectives of the Digital Filmmakers Studio is to provide you with the necessary means and instruction to produce.

Intro to Film Styles*

This course will introduce you to the many ways in which filmmakers use image and sound to communicate ideas and emotions.  Students will explore all aspects of film language—from shot composition to editing, from sound design to the use of color—and examine a wide range of film styles, genres, and filmmakers that span the globe and run the full history of the medium. Taught both synchronous and asynchronous formats, this course will allow students to engage in discussion of film with their peers.


Digital Filmmakers Studio classes meet on the following schedule for 5 weeks:

  • Monday through Saturday

Week 1

Introductions; Overview of Program; Tutorials/Demos: Documentary vs. Narrative, Photography, Camera Lenses & Concepts, Cinematography, Adobe Premier & Editing Concepts-Special Project

Week 2

Tutorials/Demos: Audio Design, Documentary vs Experimental, Advanced Editing Concepts, Color Correction vs Color Grading-Special Projects

Week 3

Narrative Structure, Screenwriting & Dialogue, Pitching Stories, 24-hour film festival project, Pitches for Final Project

Week 4 & Week 5

Shoot & Produce two final films, Students will rotate positions of director, assistant editor, sound designer, second unit photographer, and producer. Pre-production meetings with crews. Students will have the option to create Experimental, Documentary, or Narrative project.

Filmmakers Showcase

At the completion of the program, you will have an opportunity to showcase your work and the skills you have learned to friends, family, and peers. The Filmmakers Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2020.

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.

Application Guidelines

Who Should Apply

Students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 during the 2019 to 2020 academic year and who are between the ages of 15 and 18 as of July 6, 2020 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.

Application Materials

Each candidate for the Digital Filmmakers Studio Program must submit the required online application, a non-refundable $60 application fee, and the following documents.

  • Student Statement of Purpose: In one or two pages, please describe:
    • what you hope to achieve during the studio program
    • 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 video link (up to 5 minutes in length) or script (up to 10 pages)

International Student Applicants

Visit international student information to learn about additional required application materials and find out more about applying to pre-college programs.

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2020.
  • International Student Deadline:  April 3, 2020. 
  • We will accept applications through May 15, 2020. 

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.

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