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Welcome aspiring filmmakers!
If you’re reading this, then one of the following is most likely true…
- You want to go to film school, but you don’t want to spend 12 to 48 months of your life in a lecture hall, getting into $20,000 to $120,000 dollars in debt.
- You want to learn how to create engaging social media or YouTube content.
- You want to take your video ‘hobby’ to the next level.
- You want to work in the film and TV industry but don’t but you aren’t sure where to start.
SFCA’s 10-Week Film School program was originally created to help students fast-track their education, providing them with practical hands-on experience and a relevant skill set that can be used to get into the field and immediately start working toward a successful career.
FACT #1: You do NOT need a diploma, accredited certification, or any kind of expensive degree to work in the entertainment industry.
FACT #2: You do NOT need to spend 12 to 48 months of your life in school and get into $40,000 – $120,000 of debt.
FACT #3: The entertainment industry ONLY cares about professional experience, NOT which prestigious university you attended. And sorry, but a typical film school “thesis project” doesn’t count as a resumé-worthy credit.
This is where SFCA comes in!
In 10 short weeks, you will learn everything that goes into creating high-value, professional video content. From television and feature films, to YouTube and social media outlets, you will learn the entire creative process from script to screen, from concept to delivery.
Our innovative 10-Week Film School runs 2-days per week (either Mondays & Tuesdays OR Wednesdays & Thursdays) from 10am to 5pm. Each class is limited to a maximum of 8 students, which provides dedicated attention to every individual, not only in class, but also on set.
To reinforce what you’re learning in the classroom, we bring in a client and produce an original project that will be completed and delivered at the end of the 10-week program. This offers a true hands-on experience and the ability to take your new skills beyond the classroom and into the real world.
And to top it all off, you’ll be able to add a professional client project to your resumé!
Here’s how the 10-Week Film School is laid out:
PHASE 1: (Weeks 1-3) Pre-Production… It’s all about preparation!
During this phase, we will cover the individual departments and various crew positions, and explore how they all work together to create a full production from beginning to end.
You’ll learn the 3-act story structure that goes into screenplay writing, and immediately put this to use, writing your own script for our real-world client. You’ll learn how to break down your script into production elements, and formulate an accurate budget.
Finally, you will submit casting breakdowns, audition actors, and create your own director’s shot list / shooting schedule.
PHASE 2: (Weeks 4-7) Principal Photography… Lights, Camera, ACTION!
This is where all your hard work in pre-production gets put to the test. During this phase you will learn the nuts and bolts of camera operation and current digital media workflows, lighting design and green screen work.
The days of Silent Movies are long gone! The audio department is often overlooked, and as they say you only hear ‘bad sound’. So we’re here to walk you through everything it takes to record high-quality production audio and make sure that we don’t have to “fix it in Post”.
Finally, the day has arrived and it’s time to shoot your client’s project. This is where we put the lights, the cameras, and the microphones in YOUR hands!
Are you ready?
PHASE 3: (Weeks 7-10) Post-Production… aka “Editing” aka “The Cutting Room” aka “The Dungeon”.
Congratulations! You’ve just shot your first client project! Now it’s time to put it all together. In post-production, we will dive into the industry standard workflows for modern-day media management, and learn how the “ins and outs” of the Adobe Creative Suite and other professional software applications are used to cut all forms of digital media content.
During this phase, you will edit your client’s project, record voice-overs and dialogue replacement, properly mix the audio, create 2D and 3D animated motion graphics and titles, and encode the project to its final delivery formats.
And now, the moment of truth… It’s screening day, and our real-world client arrives at the studio to view their final project. You’re buzzing with anticipation… All of your hard work has paid off!
That’s a WRAP!
At the end of the 10-Week program, you will have gained hands-on experience in every aspect of the filmmaking process.
At this point, you may choose any one of these phases and crew positions to explore further and pursue in-depth.
Perhaps you’ve found a love for the entire process and you decide to open up your own production company servicing clients. Maybe you go the studio route and produce award-winning motion pictures in Hollywood.
With the practical knowledge and hands-on training you will receive at Sharp Focus, the possibilities are literally endless!