This course involves students in every aspect of film production. The product of this workshop will be a collection of short films written, acted, designed, directed and edited by the class. In the first week we will break up into groups of four and write. The writing process will be enhanced by a master class led by a notable tv/screenwriter. Week 2 will focus on rehearsal, production design, and making a shot list; a master class in acting technique and direction for film will support the work. Then in week 3: Filming! We will shoot on location in and around campus, town and adjoining areas. Finally, the last week will be all about editing and post-production (music and sound mix). At the end of Winter Study we will hold a screening of our films with an invited audience. The class will expect 12 hours minimum of class time each week (three 4-hour classes) plus additional hours outside of schedule class time for rehearsal, costume and set assembly, foundational film viewing and related reading assignments. This is your crash class in how to make a film! Adjunct Instructor Bio: Jessica Hecht is known to television audiences as “Susan Bunch” on the iconic television series Friends and “Gretchen Schwarz” on Breaking Bad. She has also played memorable roles on Bored to Death, High Maintenance, Red Oaks, and Succession. Presently she stars in the Netflix series Special. An acclaimed stage actress, Hecht has appeared on Broadway in revivals of The Price opposite Mark Ruffalo, Fiddler on the Roof opposite Danny Burstein, The Assembled Parties opposite Judith Light, Harvey opposite Jim Parsons, After the Fall opposite Carla Gugino, The Last Night of Ballyhoo opposite Paul Rudd, Brighton Beach Memoirs opposite Laurie Metcalf, Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, and A View from the Bridge opposite Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. She recently appeared on stage at Lincoln Center Theater in Admissions for which she received an Obie Award and was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. Her foundation, The Campfire Project, brings theatre and wellness into Greek refugee camps www.campfire-project.org Adjunct Instructor Bio: Adam Bernstein is an Emmy® and Peabody Award winning director whose work spans across television, film and music videos. For his directorial work on the critically-acclaimed 30 Rock, Bernstein earned an Emmy Award and a DGA® nomination in 2007. In 2014, he received an Emmy nomination for his work on the pilot for the Peabody and Golden Globe Award winning limited series, Fargo. Bernstein also directed the pilot episodes for Scrubs, Alpha House and Strangers with Candy. His additional television credits include Fosse/Verdon, Breaking Bad, Billons, Better Call Saul, Californication, Rescue Me, Bored to Death, Weeds, Shameless, Nurse Jackie, Entourage and Oz. In film, Bernstein directed Bad Apple starring Chris Noth, Elliot Gould and Robert Patrick. He also wrote and directed the 1997 feature Six Ways to Sunday starring Norman Reedus and Deborah Harry. He has directed over 70 music videos including “Love Shack” for The B-52’s, “Hey Ladies” for the Beastie Boys and “Baby Got Back” for Sir Mix-a-Lot, which earned Bernstein an MTV Award nomination for “Best Rap Video.” Bernstein began his career as an animator before going on to produce Nickelodeon’s first original scripted live-action comedy, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, at the age of 26. In 1973, he was the recipient of the Good Citizenship Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bernstein currently lives in New York City with his wife, the actress Jessica Hecht.
The Class: Format: lecture
Grading: pass/fail only
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: one semester of theatre, art or writing
Enrollment Preferences: based on a paragraph of stated interest in making a film
Materials/Lab Fee: $25