The Film Program

Tell your story.

Learn how to be a great visual storytelling this summer as we guide you in making your own short film from concept to premiere.

July 6th - 24th, 2020

The art of visual storytelling.

The program starts with a three-day intensive in the art of visual storytelling. Structure, theme, character, tension and conflict are explored and how to translate these elements through the lens.  Learn how camera movement, visual arrangement, and editing patterns not only depict the action but also express the underlying drama.


You'll meet one-to-one with your writing coach to guide you through developing your script. 


There are workshops in how to find the best light for your film both indoors and out.


You'll learn how to host a casting call and how to put actors at ease.


Learn how to capture the best sound and how to work with music and effects.


Your mentor will help you prepare shot lists to make sure your shoot goes smoothly.


You'll get one-to-one editing tutorials in Final Cut Pro with your mentor. 


Send your dailies to your mentor to get feedback on your film in progress.


Get advice on how to prepare press packages and enter your film into festivals.

How it works.

The program combines live group classes, workshops and one-to-one mentoring. You'll be assigned a filmmaking mentor to guide you from start to finish.

You'll use equipment you already have. From I-phones or I-Pads to digital cameras, Go Pros and starter drones, whatever you already have we can show you how to maximize it and make something incredible. You'll need a laptop with Final Cut Pro installed. Trial versions are available. 

In addition to your classes and one-to-one mentoring, you can take electives and workshops with students from other majors.


July 6th - 24th, 2020

Monday-Friday classes with optional activities on weekends.

Program cost: $1495

You get:

3-Day Art of Storytelling Intensive

3-Day Screenwriting Intensive 

6 Technical Workshops (Editing, Lighting, Sound)

Personal Mentor

1 Elective Class (8 sessions)

2 Introduction Classes (3 sessions)

Unlimited Access to Workshops

Unlimited Access to events

Unlimited Access to offline EXTRAS

Electives and

Intro Courses



Discover your unique voice and get writing! This course helps you get your ideas onto paper, organize and edit them to start creating your unique one-person show that can be performed anywhere. Get suggestions on how to stage and produce your show as well as one-to-one workshopping and feedback sessions. There will be an opportunity to perform your piece at the end of the program. ELECTIVE


This course explores the tenets of directing, beginning with script analysis and basic staging techniques. Emphasis is on understanding the role of the director, approaching a text, methods of communication with actors, and understanding the elements of a scene.


Using improvisation techqniues as a means to build story and character, students will come together to devise a movement-based peice in their own spaces which will be filmed and edited together into a dynamic performance.


Master complex vocals and choreography to a range of musical theatre numbers. Small and large group numbers will be performed and you will video your work along the way for feedback. A final peice will be performed for the group.


Get your screenplay off the ground as you begin to transform your story idea into a structured narrative. Learn how to properly structure and format a screenplay, outline shots and translate your visual storytelling onto the page. There will be opportunities to workshop your screenplay with professional actors as well as feedback and ideas for continued development of your screenplay.



Move beyond auto and begin to master your digital camera’s features. Shutter speed, aperture and ISO all demystified and made to work for you. Explore techniques such as finding flattering light, shoot in shade, harsh sunlight and challenging low light. Discover inspiring ideas for compelling compositions and start taking more professional photographs.


An incredible opportunity to learn the techniques and training of theatre legend Jacques Lecoq with Cecily Nash who is currently training at École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Cecily will teach live from Paris, giving you a taste of Lecoq’s work. The workshop will explore the possibilites of the body and the potential for movement as a vehicle for storytelling and expression. INTRO COURSE - 3 SESSIONS


Learn the basics of the Viewpoints Technique as developed by Anne Bogart. Viewpoints provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture. The Nine Viewpoints (Spatial Relationship, Kinesthetic Response, Shape, Gesture, Repetition, Architecture, Tempo, Duration, and Topography) are used to encourage creative exploration and make dynamic work on stage.


Learn what makes a compelling podcast, the basics of production, tehnical requirements and marketing. Get your podcast started, recorded and get feedback from the group.


Want to start reading great plays but don’t know where to start? This course will get you excited about reading plays and covers essential contemporary American and British playwrights, including: Arthur Miller, Paula Vogel, Nick Payne, Sarah Ruhl and more. The class includes discussion around good dramatic structure, what makes a play a classic, and different styles of plays including contemporary, avant-garde and experimental theatre. A reading list will be provided for ongoing, take home study.


The course looks at Musical Theatre choreography from a variety of shows and helps you understand style and genre. There will be opportunites to develop your own work which will be filmed for feedback and a showcase will be developed for the whole group.


Get a crash course in I-Phone filmmaking as you learn how to tell a compelling story through film from start to finish. Structure, theme, character and conflict are explored and how to translate these elements through your lens.


Learn traditional Buddhist meditation techniques through a series of sitting and walking practices, cultivating the sensory experience and learning to live more fully in the moment. Some of the tangible benefits of meditation include: increased concentration, better coping abilities and personal acceptance, a reduction in persistent negative thinking, and an increase in overall feelings of calm and happiness.

Get in touch

Andrea Mardon
Program Director
Phone: 1-760-688-8447
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