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

LEARN HOW TO APPLY


WHEN: FALL 2014
(August 27-December 17) THROUGH SPRING 2015 (January 28-May 13); or WINTER/SPRING 2015 THROUGH SUMMER 2015

WHAT: WEEKLY EVENING MASTER CLASSES PLUS BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS (4 credits)

  • SEMESTER LONG MASTER CLASSES: Writer/Directors and Producers jointly attend weekly classes with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, while luminaries from across the industry present insights into every phase of the filmmaking process, from pitch to development to production to distribution. Plus ...
  • BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS: The class is divided into two groups (Writer/Directors and Producers). In each group, individual student work is reviewed with Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and other Killer Films mentors. Group focus will be as follows:

Breakout WRITER/DIRECTOR WORKSHOPS

FALL 2014: 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

FALL 2014: Producers pitch projects, break down 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.

Offered concurrently in Fall – American New Wave Film Survey & Art Direction (Dano Pizzuti), Writing the Short Film (Annette Handley-Chandler).

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WINTER SPRING 2015: PRODUCTION INTENSIVE (6 credits)

For Writer/Directors, the training is synthesized, focused, and put into practice. Writer/Directors shoot and direct and edit their completed short scripts over a 15-week semester. Truly immersive, everyone crews on one another’s films. Production period culminates in a screening of final projects before industry professionals.

Producers, with instructor’s approval, have the opportunity to produce a project with Writer/Director.

Offered concurrently in Spring - Film Survey (Neal Gabler) Screenwriting (Annette Handley-Chandler).

WHERE: Stony Brook Manhattan (101-113 East 27th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016)          

WHO SHOULD APPLY: 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.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Courses may be taken for credit or non-credit. Students interested in pursuing an MFA degree have a number of options. Applicants may either enroll in specific courses or apply to matriculate into the Film Track of the MFA in Theatre, or to the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature.

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. Fall Master Classes are a prerequisite for Spring semester Production Course. Spring Master Classes are prerequisite for Summer Production Course. Matriculation and full time status are also possible. Courses may apply towards an MFA degree*. 

*Manhattan Master Classes and Workshops are offered through the Film Track of the Stony Brook Southampton MFA Program in Theatre.