New York Film Academy Florence

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    New York Film Academy Florence

  • Location

    Florence, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is divided between in-class hands-on instruction and the production of three short films by each student. Students will take classes in Directing, Hands on Camera, Writing, and Editing. Students will learn to use HD and Arriflex 16mm cameras, Lowell lighting packages, and digital editing.

    The first week students will learn the basic tools or filmmaking and begin shooting a series of film projects. Following production and post-production, students screen their work with their classmates and instructors and engage in critiques and discussion. All films are non-synchronous, with the third film accompanied by a music track.

    Students will spend an additional twenty to forty hours a week on production of their film projects. Production or practicum hours are considered separate from lab and lecture hours, however they are still necessary to successfully complete the program. The Academy recognizes, as should the students, that these hours will vary from student to student.

    Skills learned as a result of successful completion of this workshop include:

    • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.
    • An in-depth knowledge of Hi-Def DSLR and 16mm cameras, and motion picture production.

    Project Requirements
    The Four-Week Filmmaking Program requires successful completion of the following creative projects in partial fulfillment of the graduation requirements:

    • Project 1 - Mise-en-scène Film
    • Project 2 - Continuity
    • Film Project 3 - Music Film

    Students must successfully complete every Area of Study with a passing grade or better. In order to receive a Certificate of Completion students must also adhere to the Academy's Attendance Policy and Code of Conduct. Additionally, students must fulfill all financial obligations to the New York Film Academy.

    The Four-Week Filmmaking Program does not provide for multiple tracks of study. All Areas of Study are mandatory. This is a highly specialized program, and there are no majors or minors. The program may not be completed in less than four weeks. Classes are taught in either a lecture, seminar, or laboratory format. Students are also scheduled for hours of practicum. For the designation of instruction hours lab and practicum are treated as "studio hours" as is customary in visual arts studies.

    Areas of Study
    The core of the Four Week Program, this Area of Study introduces students to all major aspects of filmmaking. Students will learn to concepts to help achieve maximum psychological impact by studying the director's decisions in camera placement, blocking, staging, and visual image design. Students will be challenged to think comprehensively about their film projects in terms of the economic realities of low budget student production. Using their own film projects as prototypes, students will learn to break down their film scripts in terms of story and emotional beats, shot selection and composition, and budgeting and scheduling. This Area of Study will be the forum for preparing, screening and critiquing three short films.

    Hands-On Camera & Lighting: Students undergo intensive training in the use HD Digital motion picture cameras and their accessories, as well as an introduction to 16mm non-sync motion picture cameras. Through hands-on workshops and film tests, they will also learn fundamental lighting techniques. As they progress through the workshop, they learn how to support the mood of the story with lighting choices and they experiment with expressive lighting styles.

    Editing: This Area of Study presents students with multiple aesthetic approaches to editing film and video. Students will learn how to apply concepts such as temporal continuity and spatial continuity, as well as less traditional discontinuous editing techniques to their work. The Area of Study will also discuss the psychological and emotional effects of editing on the overall story. Additionally, students will learn to operate Avid Digital editing software which they will use to edit their own films. Classes are supplemented with individual consultations at the computer.

    Writing: This Area of Study introduces the established tools and language used in writing a film project. Students will take a story from initial idea to script with an emphasis on the fundamentals of visual storytelling. The intersection of story structure, theme, character, tension, and conflict is examined through detailed scene analysis. In-class discussion provides students with constructive analysis and support. Students are encouraged to tell their stories visually, rather than relying on dialogue.