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

The Pre-College Experience in Digital 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.

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July 13 to 24, 2019


“If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.”

-Quentin Tarantino

About the Digital Filmmaking Program:

The Digital Filmmaking Pre-College Experience is a two-week intensive program for high school students with a serious interest in cinema and filmmaking. This program will challenge students to develop their creativity and voice through a curriculum of targeted skill-building projects. 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, and presentation. The program will culminate in a premiere screening for family and friends.

Digital 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.  This program emphasizes hands-on experience designed to give students the opportunity to practice specific film techniques. 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 work, as well as that of fellow artists as they build their portfolios.

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

2020 Costs:

Day Tuition: $980
Tuition with Overnight Room and Board: $2,240
Supplies: $50
Nonrefundable registration fee: $50


Vickie Riley is experienced in both documentary and narrative filmmaking. After receiving her MFA in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago, she went on to work as an editor in Chicago’s advertising industry and on independent films. Vickie then worked in Seattle directing live TV and producing short documentaries raising awareness on under served communities and informing audiences on a variety of issues. She is interested in visual storytelling and has created and taught introductory and advanced filmmaking courses.