Southampton Arts Film Program: 20 / 20 / 20

Now Accepting Applications for WINTER/SPRING 2015

OPEN HOUSE: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, 6 p.m.
Stony Brook Manhattan

This innovative graduate-level two-semester 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.

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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 2015 will be a true arts incubator.

In two semesters of advanced training, writer/directors 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.

Producers pitch projects, breakdown scripts, evaluate project value in the marketplace, create high, medium, and low budgets, learn about foreign financing, casting, approaching agents, etc., while learning in-depth, detailed processes and approaches for negotiation and working with writers and directors.

Starting Winter/Spring semester 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, students will participate in Breakout Workshops:

Breakout WRITER/DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS

WINTER/SPRING 2015: Writer/Directors pitch projects, develop scripts, and study: story structure, screenwriting, storyboarding, composition, directing, casting, working with actors, lighting, shooting, working within a frame, recording sound, and editing on Final Cut Pro.

Breakout PRODUCER WORKSHOPS

WINTER/SPRING 2015: Producers pitch projects, breakdown scripts, evaluate project value in the marketplace, create high, medium, and low budgets, explore foreign financing, casting, approaching agents, etc., while learning in-depth, detailed processes and approaches for negotiation and working with writers and directors.

In Summer, for Writer/Directors, the training is synthesized, focused, and put into practice. Writer/Directors shoot and direct and edit their completed short scripts in Southampton over a 20-day intensive. Truly immersive, everyone crews on one another’s films. Production period culminates in a screening of final projects before industry professionals.

Winter/Spring: Develop screenplay from pitch to shoot-ready draft

End May: Southampton casting and location scout

June/July: Production period

film indexWHEN: January 28-May 13, 2015, plus 20 days in June-July

WHERE: STONY BROOK MANHATTAN

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

COURSES AND COSTS:  Fall course is four academic credits, Spring courses are 4-6 academic credits. Visit the Bursar's Office site for per-credit costs. Also offered are courses in Screenwriting, Film Survey, Art Direction, Directing and Acting and all disciplines of Theatre as well as Creative Writing and Literature. Winter/Spring Master Classes are a prerequisite for Spring semester Production Course. Spring Master Classes are prerequisite for Summer Production Intensive. Matriculation and full time status are also possible. Courses may apply towards an MFA degree*. 

*Manhattan Master Classes and Workshops are offered through the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature Program.


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

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Application review will be 2-4 weeks.

Late applicants. Don’t worry! In January 2015, the sequence repeats.

Starting Winter/Spring Semester 2015 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. Writers, Directors & Producers may apply.

In June and July 2015, 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 6, 2015. 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.