Every artistic element in a film reflects the vision of the director. The role of the independent film director, especially at the low/no-budget level, is that of a Jack of all trades. The filmmaker is the writer, the producer, the director, sometimes the actor/actress, and often the editor of the project. But the independent filmmaker also needs to know about many non-artistic aspects of film: budgeting, scheduling, insurance, law, publicity, advertising, marketing and distribution. This course will give an overall view of the many functions of the low/no-budget independent director. It will examine the entire filmmaking process from concept to distribution in order to empower the filmmaker to create a meaningful and/or entertaining film spending the least amount of time, money and energy. This course is intended for those who have little or no filmmaking experience and want to understand the entire process of making a low/no-budget independent film as a writer/director/producer. Each class is three hours long and meets once a week for six consecutive weeks. The first part of each class offers practical information on producing a film and the second part offers insights on how to use all the artistic elements to write and direct a film (film clips will be screened during this second part of each class). Please note that this course does not involve hands-on technical training (no films/videos are made in this course.)
Make Your Own No-Budget Feature Film!
One part producing, one part directing, this one day crash course in no-budget filmmaking will give you all the necessary information to decide whether you want to make your own feature film, and if so, how to make it. The workshop will include the examination of the non-artistic aspects of filmmaking such as budgeting, fundraising, scheduling, insurance, law, publicity, advertising, marketing and distribution, as well as provide insights on all the artistic elements of writing, directing and editing by analyzing film clips screened during the class. There are no additional fees or books/dvds to buy. Please note that this workshop does not involve hands-on technical training (no films/videos are made in this class.
Learn English Through Films Fall Session
You love movies and you love New York City, so why not learn about both while learning English at the same time! Well All For The Arts NYC will help you do just that. Learn English through the viewing and discussion of film clips of movies shot in New York City and then visit the actual locations on site! Each week for 6 weeks, the All For The Arts NYC English Language Lab Course will create stimulating conversations based on film scenes viewed in class. Each class will meet twice a week for 2 hours: one classroom meeting and one on-location meeting. The course is intended for beginning English students.
In 1897 Joseph Conrad wrote: "My task is to make you hear, to make you feel and, above all, to make you see. That is all, and it is everything." When he wrote these words Conrad was obviously not talking about screenwriting but he could have been because this is exactly what a screenwriter should strive for. This course is intended for those who have little or no screenwriting experience and want to understand the entire process of writing for film. Each class is three hours long and meets once a week for six weeks. The objective is for students to write either a short screenplay or be well on their way to writing a feature-length screenplay by the end of the course. Those who already have written a short or feature script can also bring it in if they wish to re-write it during the six week period. The first part of each class will involve reading out loud each other's scenes and constructively sharing thoughts about the work to realize what needs to be done for the following week. The second part will be spent analyzing in depth scenes from film clips in terms of plot and character through the use of visuals and dialogue. Topics that will be discussed: story, structure, writing visually, precise dialogues, conflict, psychology, relationships, research, location choices, themes, inner and outer action, characters' needs.