Dates: June 1–16, 2020
Tuition: $2,000; equipment fee: $500
2 undergraduate studio credits
Due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) this residency has been cancelled for the Summer of 2020. If you have any questions, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This intensive residency offers participants an opportunity to sharpen their documentary directing skills, learn professional techniques for camera, lighting and sound, and better understand the mechanics of editing a scene for the greatest impact. Participants will create two interview-based short documentaries during the program, challenging themselves to conduct thoughtful, evocative interviews, and to work quickly, giving their skills a turbocharge.
Workshops with filmmakers working at the top of the documentary field and hands-on labs on the streets of the city complement independent work. Together these elements form an intense program encouraging creativity, learning and progress. Work-in-progress screenings allow for filmmakers to receive critique from faculty and their peers. Guest filmmakers will show their documentaries and give in-depth answers during the Q&A sessions, which are designed to give further insight into the experiences of working filmmakers. The program concludes with a public screening event of each participant’s best film.
Filmmakers will work within the MFA Social Documentary Film Department and have access to equipment, including industry-level HD cameras, microphones, recorders and lighting. Filmmakers will be provided access to edit suites and software, as well the department voice-over booth. Facilities are available Monday–Friday, 9am to 9pm. Staff technicians are available for assistance and technical support.
Faculty have included; director Deborah Dickson (Oscar nominee Lalee’s Kin); cinematographer Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Sundance winner Queen of Versailles); and editor Ann Collins (Netflix’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold), among others.
Prerequisites: Fluent in Mac OS; a working knowledge of Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, or iMovie editing software; some experience in filming with any DSLR or video camera.
Note: Participants will be required to provide proof of insurance with rental endorsement, listing SVA as a co-insured. Participants will be held responsible for payment of any loss, theft or damage incurred to the equipment. SVA provides information on affordable insurance plans.