You’ll complete eleven short film projects:
• Silent Film
• Client Film
• Short Doc Demo
• Short Documentary
• Web Short
• Cinema Verite
• Scene Study
• Music Video
• Painting With Light
• Grad Film
As a visual medium, film must primarily tell a story through a series of images. Less than 2 weeks into the school year, you are asked to create a silent film in 10 shots with no dialogue – and a clear story.
Pointing a camera at others requires insight and understanding. That’s why we ask you to point a camera at yourself first. This project gives you the opportunity to tell a pivotal moment or story in your life.
You’ll work with an existing script from a famous film and re-create a scene, with a focus on drawing a believable performance from the actors.
You’ll be assigned a product and work with your fellow students to create a 30-second dramatic TV spot, adhering to the identity of the brand.
Term 2 culminates with the production of short 2-4 minute dramatic films, written by the students over the previous months. A week of one-day shoots rotates students through multiple roles on set.
Learn how to get to the heart of a story. You’ll be assigned with a news story, and tasked with producing a 1-3 minute news piece within a day.
Documentary film aims to capture a subject or topic with some measure of objectivity. But the simple act of turning a camera on a person can change their behaviour. The premise of Cinema Verité is to film a scene in as natural a state as possible – as though the camera and director were merely flies on a wall. This project will challenge you to record a story without interacting with your subjects.
When pitching docs to a broadcaster, they require a sample, known as a demo, of what the doc will look like. Students will be engaged in a competitive pitch process to greenlight the production of their docs, and will need a demo as part of their pitch package.
You will pitch a story idea to a panel of judges, and the top projects will move forward to be produced as 7-12 minute documentaries.
You are assigned a genre and simple scene to light and shoot, and work with your fellow students to create the atmosphere and mood using only lighting and camera techniques.
The capstone of the Film Production Program. Every student will write a screenplay for a short, 8-15 minute film and pitch the film to a panel of judges. The top projects will be produced with full crews, utilizing all skills built over the program.
To be considered for admission to InFocus Film School, every potential student must: