Photo of students in the filmmaking program of the Pre-College Experience 2016.
Filmmaking Students 2016

The Pre-College Experience in Documentary Cinema/Filmmaking is perfect for the student who never puts down their camera, or can use their iPhone to create a short-film that looks like it's Sundance-bound. Or maybe they're just a young movie-lover who wants to know how to go from viewer to creator.

Save the date: July 8 to 19, 2019

About the Documentary Cinema/Filmmaking Program:

The Documentary Cinema/Filmmaking Pre-College Experience is a two-week intensive program for high school students with a serious interest in cinema and filmmaking. Classes are taught by a Saint Rose instructor who is a highly experienced and recognized filmmaker dedicated to recognizing and nurturing an individual’s creative ability.This program will challenge students through a curriculum of targeted skill-building segments. Set in the state-of-the-art William Randolph Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, students will learn cinematic language and how to apply it to the craft of filmmaking, from developing a concept and writing a script, through production, post-production, presentation and distribution.

Documentary Cinema/Filmmaking Program Objectives:

The objective of this highly intensive program is to introduce and become skilled in the basic principles and practices of cinema production. Students will learn the fundamentals of single-camera production including the basic aesthetic and technical aspects of writing, producing, directing, editing and cinematography. Further, students will learn to talk about and critique their own work, as well as that of fellow artists as they build their portfolios.

This program will consist of five segments that will give students the skills they need to write, shoot and edit two film projects. The sixth and final segment, the film festival, will present the work created during the program for presentation to friends and family of students.

•Segment 1 – Concept development, brainstorming, writing treatments; learning the language of cinema, analyzing visual structure

•Segment 2 – Script writing; Pre-production: storyboarding, shot lists, lined scripts, casting, locations, props

•Segment 3 – Production: composition, cinematography, lighting, recording sound

•Segment 4 – Collaboration and crew positions

•Segment 5 – Post-production: editing, sound mixing, and distributing finished films

There may also be a field trip to a local movie theater such as the Spectrum Theatre.

Typical Daily Schedule:

9 a.m.: Arrive at Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media
Noon: Lunch
1 p.m.:Afternoon Session
4:30 p.m.: Depart

2018 Tuition:

Day Tuition: $950
Tuition with Overnight Room and Board: $2,075


Filmmaker and video installation artist Liz Richards has worked in television and web production at WGBH in Boston, was a Cinema professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was the 2009 Women in Film and Media (Pittsburgh Chapter) Excellence in Filmmaking award recipient. Liz has had over 60 national and international screenings of her work in such places as Japan, Serbia, Germany, Sweden, Finland, and France. She recently completed Hamlet’s Green Evolution, a documentary film she wrote, produced, and directed.