Academics

MASTER CLASSES + BREAK OUT SESSIONS + INDEPENDENT FILM PRODUCTION

with Killer Films in association with Stony Brook Manhattan

ADVANCED TRAINING for WRITERS, DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS

christine vachonchristine vachonKiller Films’ founding partners Christine Vachon & Pamela Koffler, along with top industry professionals, guide participants through the essential elements of independent film production. Hands-on, in depth, project driven. Graduate level instruction*.

Writer/Directors conceive, write and make a short film

Producers conceive and develop a film production plan

Part lecture series with major indie artists, part workshop, part production boot camp, these Master Classes represent the next generation in film training: a truly comprehensive film incubator.

Writer/Directors will follow in the tradition of the groundbreaking 20/20/20 program, developing a short film idea from pitch through post over the course of two semesters. This year, projects will be shot in the greater Manhattan area. 

Producers often wonder if producing can be taught – or is it only learned through doing. Here, producers have the opportunity to shape a production plan in mentoring sessions with indie powerhouses Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. Producers will also be able to refine their projects with visiting guest experts in film financing, packaging, marketing and distribution.

Testimonials:

“…an amazing program, one that I wish I had had at any point in my career.” Ashley Maynor, Producer

“Vachon is an experienced producer of films that have weight, meaning, a definitive message. She has a philosophy about the community of fimmakers: It’s not about the amount of money you have, but about your commitment and how you pool your talent.” Ellen Kuras, Cinematographer

“It’s great to have people who are not just teachers and interested in education – they’re actually making films, making films now. They’re very current and willing to give you information about their experiences, storyboards, shot lists.” Jason Evans, Cinematographer.

“I’m leaving this program with 100 times more confidence than I had going in.” Hannah Bailey, Writer/Director

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