Southampton Arts Film Program: 20 / 20 / 20

Now Accepting Applications – Scholarships Are Available

We’ve expanded our groundbreaking 20/20/20 Intensive in Digital Filmmaking from 20 days to 20 weeks!

20 Filmmakers    20 Weeks    20 Films

This innovative graduate-level course sequence will stay true to the practical vision of Program Director and legendary indie producer, Christine Vachon:  Get your movie made, make it right, get it seen... and live to tell about it.



FilmWHAT: Under the guidance of Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, filmmakers will receive hands-on instruction encompassing all aspects of the Digital Filmmaking art form. Part master-class lecture series, part development workshop, part production boot camp, 20/20/20 2014 will be a true arts incubator. In twenty weeks of advanced training, students will not only learn all there is to know about the ever-changing landscape of the film business, but will also write, shoot, and edit their own short films - as well as crew on five of their classmates’ films. This comprehensive, experiential approach has a singular goal: to master the business and art of visual storytelling.

Starting in January with the Stony Brook Manhattan Killer Films Master Class series, in conversation with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, luminaries from across the industry present insights into every phase of the filmmaking process, from development to distribution.

Concurrently, Stony Brook Manhattan Workshops will encompass all aspects of digital filmmaking, with expert guidance in: screenwriting, point-of-view, script development, story structure, storyboarding, composition, producing, directing, marketing, distribution, casting, working with actors, lighting, shooting, lensing, working within a frame, recording sound, and editing on Final Cut Pro.

In June and July, the scene shifts. After an initial weekend visit to Southampton to location scout and storyboard your projects, the training is synthesized, focused, and put into practice on July 7, 2014. For twenty days at Stony Brook Southampton Production Boot Camp, working from the scripts you have developed – whether narratives, documentaries, or webisodes – you will schedule, shoot, and edit a short film, as well as devise a distribution and marketing plan. To make the experience truly immersive, everyone crews on classmates’ productions.  

film indexWHEN: January 26-July 26, 2015



January 26-May 15. 15 weeks of Workshops at Stony Brook Manhattan


June (weekend date TBD) - Location Scout and Video Storyboard at Stony Brook Southampton

July 6-26  - 20/20/20 20-day Boot Camp at Stony Brook Southampton

WHO:  This program is designed for filmmakers or creative artists who have stories that can be best told visually, including short films, documentaries and webisodes.

COSTS: Expect a maximum total cost of $7,500 (including summer residency and meals) for NY State Residents. Out of state, expect a total cost of $10,000 (including summer residency and meals). This course series may be taken for 10 academic credits and apply towards an MFA degree. Some partial scholarships are available.

NOTE: *** This course sequence must be taken in its entirety.


Application review will be 2-4 weeks.