20/20/20 Film Program FAQs

Q: What does the 20-week sequence look like? How is it broken down?

MANHATTAN: January–May 2014

In this first part of this project-driven course sequence, students will craft a story into a short screenplay that will then be produced over the summer. During this time, students will also achieve a greater understanding of the independent film business, studying script development, screenwriting, directing, and producing, and learning the business from industry professionals, including producers, agents, managers, lawyers, as well as distinguished filmmakers. Finally, with a “shootable” script and a working knowledge of the ever-changing independent film business, students will then turn to ultimate goal: hands-on, intense, DIY digital film production.

COURSE DATES for WINTER-SPRING in MANHATTAN:                           

1/29 - First day of class, 5:20-8:10P

2/1 - Special Producing Workshop, 10am-4pm

2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12 - Regular Class Sessions, 5:20-8:10 pm

3/17-23 - Spring Break, NO CLASSES

3/26 - Return from break, 5:20-8:10 pm

4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14 - Regular Class Sessions, 5:20-8:10 pm                               

End of First Sequence

Topics covered: story development, screenwriting, directing, hands-on directing, casting, working with actors, editing, hands-on editing, production planning and scheduling, storyboard, on-set safety.      

Students will have completed a finished, approved short film script, scene breakdown, casting, and shot list.


June (Date TBD) – Location Scout and Tech Workshop

JULY 7-27: 20/20/20 Boot Camp

In July, the training is synthesized, focused, and put into practice. From July 7-27, for twenty days, at Stony Brook Southampton Production Boot Camp students will work from the scripts they have developed ¾ whether narratives, webisodes, or documentaries. Students will also attend master classes and workshops; 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 each other’s productions. The 20 days culminate in a screening. Southampton residency is required for July –dorm living optional.

Students will leave this second half of the course sequence with a completed short film and a distribution and marketing plan.


Q: How might I qualify for Financial Aid?

To be eligible to apply for financial aid and/or student loans, you must be a matriculated student at Stony Brook University.  Students may currently apply for admission through the MFA in Theatre: Film Track, or through the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. For questions about financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/.  After reviewing the information, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at 631-632-6840 or email finaid@stonybrook.edu.


Q: Does acceptance to 20/20/20 make me matriculated?  

Acceptance into 20/20/20 is step one. If you want to matriculate, you'd need to complete the application to the graduate school - with all the standard steps – Letters of Recommendation, official transcripts with date undergraduate degree conferred, etc. for either TAF or CWL. But once accepted into 202020, application to the graduate school is a formality as long as all requirements are met and documents are in order. All students accepted into 202020 will be required to complete an application. Students seeking graduate credit must apply online through either the graduate school or the school of professional development and submit the required application fee. Non-credit students apply online through the Film Program. There is no application fee for non-credit students.


Q: Is it still possible to matriculate for this Spring?

Yes. We have rolling admissions up until January 1. The applications are available online for both TAF and CWL. Rolling admissions until JANUARY 1 2014. 


(If you choose to matriculate, it’s also still possible to apply for financial aid for spring. Please contact the financial aid office at http://www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/.  After reviewing the information, you may contact the Financial Aid Office at 631-632-6840 or email finaid@stonybrook.edu.)


Q: I have completed all coursework for my BA, and am filing for Graduation, but will not have the actual Diploma until sometime next year.  I can obtain a letter from my Undergrad University attesting to the fact that to the best of their knowledge I have sufficient credits to graduate.  Is this sufficient for now?  

Yes, it is possible to be admitted on a provisional basis.  An official transcript with degree would be required before the end of the admitted term. 


Q: Can I take 20/20/20 + additional courses for CREDIT (e.g. CWL 530 scriptwriting, CWL 500 MFA writing) during SPRING 2014 WITHOUT matriculating into the University and then apply those credits toward a degree later?

Yes, but only certain courses and only a limited number of credits may transfer.  CWL 500 and TAF 500 are limited to matriculated students. Per credit cost remains the same whether matric or non-matric-- matriculating allows you to take certain courses and have priority for enrollment for courses. (Non-matrics must wait until matriculated students register).   


Q: Can I obtain Student Health Insurance without matriculating ?

No. Student health insurance is available for purchase by full-time matriculated students.  Some part time students may be eligible to enroll.  Students should call  (631) 632-6331 for details.


Q: I don’t have an undergraduate degree. Am I still eligible to participate?

Yes. You may apply as a non-credit, non-matriculated student. College credit and grades are not awarded. Non-credit students do not receive transcripts and cannot apply for credit after enrollment.