Wasatch Academy Offers Summer Boarding “Filmmaking Intensive”

Misael Sanchez, the Director of Production at the Film Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and the co-founder of the International Film Institute of New York joins with Wasatch Academy this summer to offer the inaugural Filmmaking Intensive.

Misael comes to the Wasatch program through the outreach efforts of the WA, Director of Technology, James Loughlin.

The Filmmaking Intensive offers serious high school students the opportunity to work through all aspects of filmmaking from planning through Post-Production. Sanchez’s syllabus breaks lessons and practicums into four core areas, Writing for the Screen, Directing, Production and Post-Production.
Wasatch’s Center for Evolving Technologies (CET) will serve as the technical hub of the course, giving students hands on experience in Final Cut Pro, video and recording studios.

“Our approach to learning the film process provides students with a comprehensive all encompassing approach which provides the opportunity to learn the process from ‘Script to Screen,’” Sanchez explains.

Daily topics and practicums include these samples:

Film History to Narrative Structure
Choosing the Right Lens
Getting Good Performances from Non-Actors
The Art of Motion Picture Photography
The Mechanics of Film and Video Editing

The tightly organized program evinces the seriousness and discipline involved in crafting a work from concept to conclusion. Students begin the term covering three core areas each day- laying the planning and foundations before shooting begins during the fourth week.

Students apply their classroom lessons, as well as their planning and practical experiences, toward the completion of a final project that will be screened at the end of the program. Every student will write, direct, produce, and edit their own final project.

Sanchez believes that experiencing industry practices provides invaluable understanding and insight into the work and demands required of modern filmmakers:

“The ambitious schedule and course load are an important part of the program. The program works to mimic real industry practices ensuring students get a real sense of what to expect if they consider a career in the industry.”

To learn more about the Wastach Summer Filmmaking Intensive and see the schedule, visit http://www.ifiprograms.com or download the form below.

Wastach Summer Filmmaking Intensive 2010 Schedule

About the Author
Brian Fisher

A product of both private and public education, Brian Fisher served as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and administrator at three different boarding schools. Brian also fills the role of Director of Development at Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, in NH along with being a partner at AdmissionsQuest.


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