PROGRAMS & SEMINARS

Screenwriting Fundamentals

Students learn real world production script writing fundamentals & practices in both linear (TV, film) & non-linear (games) formats. Students learn the fundamental practices and structures of industry standard TV, film, and game script writing including: common practices, commonly used terms and lingo, real world production techniques, how to break down abstract ideas into concrete scenes, avoid common script pitfalls, how to make your script useful for any production team, eye on costs, how to make dialogue and characters believable, and more.


Advanced Screenwriting

Students learn advanced production script writing practices and experience a real world production deadline. With an eye on achieving industry grade professional quality production scripts, students take a short written script project from beginning to end, either with one of their own projects, or one assigned by the instructor. Students learn advanced script writing techniques and practices—including character & dialogue development—and experience a real world production pipeline.


Storyboarding Fundamentals

Students learn real world production storyboard fundamentals and practices. Even if you are not an artist, you can learn how to make useful and practical production storyboards for your multimedia projects. Steven Spielberg and Alfred Hitchcock's stick figure storyboards help their production teams understand and set up shots and scenes, so can yours. Students will learn the basics of turning an idea or script into a storyboard, the industry standard production blueprint: how to break down a script, how to compose panels and scenes, common storyboard production terms and practices, software pipelines, and more.


Advanced Storyboarding

Students learn advanced production storyboard practices and experience a real world production deadline. With an eye on achieving an industry grade professional quality, students take a short storyboard project from beginning to end, either with one of their own projects, or one assigned by the instructor. Students learn advanced storyboarding techniques and practices, and experience a real world production pipeline.


Visual Narrative

Students learn the fundamental dynamics behind visual storytelling. We are wired to process their environments through our physical senses, our eyes being arguably the most important. Students will learn how to use this biological hardwiring to evoke different feelings and reactions from their viewers. Students will learn how use composition, lighting, timing, color, texture, and pacing to enhance and enliven any media project's emotional effect on their viewers.


Indie Film Production

From script to screen! Learn how to acquire a great script and turn it into an actual great movie. This course will teach you how to structure your production, raise financing, budgeting, dealing with the guilds and much more…


Video Game Production

Students learn advanced team production practices and experience a real world video game deadline. Students plan, design, and build a working video game from beginning to workable beta. Under supervision and coaching of the instructor, students will choose their own project and tools based on the unique mix of skill sets available by the students in each class.


Cinematography

With our cinematography program, students will learn the art of storytelling through images. This course will also offer aspiring directors of photography an unique opportunity to learn the art of filming an action scene.


Filmmaking Program (4 Weeks)

This 4-week course provides students the opportunity to learn the foundation of all aspects of filmmaking. Students will be challenged to make a short film, which will then be screened for critique and discussion. These screenings will be an important part of the students’ learning experience, and will considerably help them grow as filmmakers.


Acting in Film Program (3 Weeks)

The "acting program" is a 3 -week intensive acting workshop which will be run in parallel to the filmmaking program, with daily training in front of the camera coupled with a unique “Acting in Action” course, aimed specifically at training the actor for the requirements of acting in a fight/action sequence. At the end of the workshop, the acting students will be starring in the short film project of the filmmaking students and will receive his/her own professionally edited show-reel, showcasing a selection of their best performances.


Action/Stunts

Learn how to put an amazing action scene together. Hand-to-hand combat, wire work, weaponry… this unique course is taught by some of the best professionals, with extensive experience on Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters such as THE MATRIX, SPIDERMAN 2, THE EXPENDABLES and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, just to name a few…


Post-Production

This course will teach the students all aspects of post-production, such as picture editorial, VFX (visual effects), SFX (sound effects) and music composing. Learn how to use the industry-standard software to edit different types of media, taught directly by well-established Hollywood professionals.


Indie Film Distribution

Your film is shot and edited, but without a distribution deal in place, it won’t go anywhere. Learn all there is to know about independent film distribution with this intensive workshop, taught by people with actual practical experience in movie distribution, not just theory.


The "BIZ"

A course designed to teach aspiring film-makers the “know how” of the legal, financial and business aspects of the industry, taught by one of the most respectable entertainment lawyers in Hollywood.


Seminar with Casting Director Russell Boast CSA

Join our seminar, March 21st (10:00AM - 12:30PM), get ready for a great audition, study with an accomplished Casting Director Russell Boast ("X-Men," "Alien: Resurrection," "Hotel Rwanda").


Film Finance & Distribution Seminar

Our guest speakers, ALEJANDRO LEDA & JEFFREY ANDRICK will offer valuable insights on available financing options, how to close investors and securing the right distribution model, as well as an in-depth look at foreign distributors, markets, territories, film production and advertising. Learn the techniques of successful entertainment professionals who have secured the right kind of deals.


 

FEATURED PROGRAM/SEMINAR

Seminar with Casting Director Russell Boast CSA

Join our seminar, get ready for a great audition, study with an accomplished Casting Director Russell Boast ("X-Men," "Alien: Resurrection," "Hotel Rwanda").

March 21st 10:00AM - 12:30PM

Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Seating is limited, so register now!

Ticket price - $15

- Learn about the casting process.
- Learn how to prepare for your next audition.
- Learn the difference between the casting and auditioning process for TV and film.
- Ask your own questions directly to one of Los Angeles busiest casting directors.

This seminar/workshop is for aspiring actors and parents who want their children to be cast in commercials, films or television programs/videos.

 
 

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