Program Dates and Costs

Dates

  • July 2, 2021 Student Orientation
  • July 6 through August 7, 2021 Program Dates
  • Virtual Filmmakers Showcase: August 7, 2021

Costs Per Student

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

Please note: A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon a student's acceptance of admission into the program. The deposit is to hold the student's seat in the program, and the amount will be applied towards payment of the total bill for the program. If the student later decides they will not attend the program, the $500 deposit is not refundable.

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.

Schedule

Digital Filmmakers Studio classes meet on schedule for 5 weeks: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST. Below is the following sample schedule:

Sample Digital Filmmakers Schedule

Week One

Monday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

  • Introductions/Program Overview
  • The Single Frame: Composition of Still Photography

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Exercise: Photo Roman, critique of exercise

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.: Introduction to Cinematography

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Manual photography basics; camera tutorial

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.:  The Language of Editing; Continuity

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Gathering continuity footage; Adobe Premiere tutorial

Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Mise en Scene and Art Direction: A Visual Language

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Pick up shots for continuity film; editing time; screen works in progress

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Workshop continuity films

Week Two

Monday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Audio Design: Mise en Scene for the Ears

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Sound Equipment Tutorial; Sound gathering exercise

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Experimental/non-narrative film lecture/discussion

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Documentary Film Modes lecture/discussion; Documentary interview and construction best practices

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: On set protocol/Best practices/Roles on a film Crew
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Screenwriting basics/show don’t tell/building characters

Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: 24 Hour Film Challenge announced; groups made

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Break out room 24-hour pitches online

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Final prep for 24 Hour Film Challenge

Week Three

Monday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: 24 Hour Film Challenge

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm: Shooting, online group meetings afternoon check ins.

Tuesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Morning check in, production meetings with groups

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Screening of 24-hour films, panel judging; Discussion of final projects

Wednesday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Color correction tutorial

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Workshop final project ideas; put together crews

Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Pre-production meetings

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Test shoots for finals.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Q&A: Final Questions before shooting your finals; view test shoots as a group

Week Four

In week 4 and 5 students will have a good deal of autonomy as they shoot their final projects, while still having the support and structure from the instructors and groups.

Monday through Thursday

FINAL PROJECT SHOOTS; We will meet each morning as a group to check in on progress and trouble-shoot, but we will breakout to work in groups or individually with the assistance instructors.

Tuesday

Guest lecture on acting in the morning followed by breakout groups.

Wednesday

Advanced morning session followed by breakout groups

Thursday

Advanced morning session followed by breakout groups

Saturday

Check in on projects shot so far, critique of works in progress, Pre-production meetings for coming week 

Week Five

Monday through Tuesday

FINAL PROJECT SHOOTS; Pre-production/production meetings; trouble-shooting and breakout groups with instructors

Wednesday through Thursday

  • Final editing and critique and post-production meetings; audio mixes; final exports
  • Final morning lecture on navigating the industry and where to go from here

Saturday

Virtual Filmmakers Showcase

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. A Virtual Filmmakers Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021.


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.