10-Week Filmmaking Workshop – Cebu Only

–IAFT Cebu Only–

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: In this 10-week intensive program, you will write, shoot and edit your own short movie under the mentorship of industry professionals. Classes cover the basic fundamentals of filmmaking including Screenwriting, Producing, Directing, Cinematography, Editing and Sound.


The program consists of lecture hours consisting of theory or new principles, and on-campus/ off-campus laboratory hours consisting of supervised student practice of a previously introduced theory/principle during which practical skills and knowledge are developed and reinforced.

Term 1 Hours

Screenwriting 101 »

(21 hours classroom, 12.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hour lab)

An introductory course critical for writers, directors, producers and other creative practitioners involved in the interpretive process, covering the fundamentals of form, structure, character development and dialogue in both feature-length and short scripts, along with proper screenplay formatting, the Final Draft program, idea-generating techniques, and writing for visuals, not just words. Projects include writing a 3-5 page no-dialogue script for a student-produced short film.  (Prerequisite: None)


Cinematography 101 »

(24.5 hours classroom, 15 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Ushering students into the world of the cinematographer through hands-on sessions with the camera operator’s essential tools in telling a visual story, including who’s who on set and what they do. It’s an exploration of fundamental camera principles, types, formats and operations, shot selection and rules for continuity and screen direction, plus that most crucial element, the basics of lighting—the nature and quality of light itself and how to sculpt it. (Prerequisite: None)


Acting 101 »

(35 hours classroom, 21 hours lab) (CEBU – 30 hours classroom, 10 hours lab)

The course is an introduction to the fundamentals of acting. Through lecture and various exercises, students will gain a practical understanding of the basic techniques or acting. Emphasis is placed on listening and responding, which form the foundation of the craft. (Prerequisite: None)


Sound 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Introducing students to the powerful storytelling tools available in the soundtrack and showing how to use them. Sound 101 concentrates on a practical and useful approach to production sound. Students develop skills and gain understanding through demonstrations of the professional acquisition of quality audio tracks and examining and practicing recording strategies and techniques. The emphasis is on providing the highest level of excellence and superiority in production audio. (Prerequisite: None)


Directing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

A first look at the role of the film director and the necessary skills in the art and craft of directing, with an emphasis on visual storytelling and working with actors, by examining in detail what a director does in shaping a story. Vital touchstones in determining what makes a good director include character and story analysis, coverage and how to get it, practical tips and tricks for directors, and what actors need from a director. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)


Producing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 16 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

From studio to independent filmmaking, we provide a comprehensive overview of what it takes to produce a movie. Students get exposed to a wide spectrum of production management techniques by learning script breakdowns, budgets and schedules within the context of the production process, allowing them to get first-hand the connection between what’s on the screen and what’s on the page of a script, a schedule, or a line item in a budget. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)


Digital Film Production 101 »

(24.5 hour classroom, 15 hours lab) (CEBU – 24 hours classroom, 8 hours lab)

Selecting, preparing, and shooting a film, with each student producing a 1-3 minute, no-dialogue film as a final term project. Sessions are devoted to finalizing student-written scripts, delegating crew positions, extensive pre-production, a mock shoot in preparation for the actual shoot, and creating a production schedule for each film. Final postproduction work will be done in Editing 102 and in regular lab hours. After this project, students should enter the next term prepared to make a longer and more complicated film. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)


Editing 101 »

(14 hours classroom, 8.5 hours lab) (CEBU – 32 hours lecture, 8 hours lab)

The basic principles and aesthetics of cutting film. The course will open the doors on nonlinear digital editing as a storytelling tool and teach the fundamentals of structure from an editor’s viewpoint. Students will edit their own projects using Avid Media Composer or Premier Pro software (depending on the campus) – and also understand and be able to apply basic edit techniques to any video media—as well as develop an eye for recognizing effective in-and-out points and the know-how to organize media storage efficiently…and then be able to export footage when the work is done. (Prerequisite: Screenwriting 101)