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High School Program

October 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - June 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

The Portfolio Class

dsc01584This full year course provides high school students with a professional filmmaking experience intended for students interested in furthering their filmmaking education and career. They will fully produce two narrative short films to be added to their portfolio intended for college applications and/or film festival competitions. Students will engage in all four phases of production; Screenwriting, Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production. Program is limited to 8 students.

SESSION 1: Oct. 16 – Nov. 27
The Screenwriting Phase is a six-week online workshop where the students will brainstorm, write, develop two screenplays they will plan to produce during the next phases of production.

SESSION 2: Jan. 8 – Feb. 12
The Pre-production phase is a six-week hands-on course where the students will produce the first of their two dsc01588screenplays as an exercise in preparation for their “Spring Project”.  In addition to producing a film, they will also begin pre-production on their “Spring Projects”.  Pre-production consists of script breakdown, storyboards, shot lists, locations, and casting.

SESSION 3: Feb. 26 – Apr. 2
The Production phase of the course is centered around each students “Spring Project.”  At this point each student should have a script, location, and a cast.  Every project will receive one full 8-10 hour day to complete production of their short film, on location, with their cast.  Another day or potential re-shoots will be granted if approved by the instructor.
SESSION 4: Apr. 30 – Jun. 4
The Post-Production phase of the course is when the students digital edit their “Spring Projects”.  In this phase students will incorporate or do any additional recording of music and sound effects.  They will also execute any necessary special effects if needed. Students will cut their films on iMovie and will receive individual instruction and mentoring throughout the process.

COST: $1200 for the year.

All students who enroll are enrolling in the full-year program and must commit for the entire year.

Payment Options:
Entire Year Upfront $1000 ($200 Discount)
Quarterly: $300 per session
Payment Includes:
  • Includes 108 hours of instruction & mentoring
  • Access to professional cameras and production equipment
  • Access to digital editing software and accounts
  • Access to Stock Footage & Stock Photo Libraries
  • Access to royalty free music & sound effects Libraries
  • Access to trained local actors
  • Producer and Coordination fees
  • $100 for incidentals and Lunch fees for Production Phase
  • Production insurance fees
  • Guarantee of continued mentoring until project is complete.

High School students who demonstrate proficiency, commitment, and dedication to the craft will earn further professional internships and paid on-the-job training opportunities. Contact us for further information.


October 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
June 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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The Saratoga Film Academy
(310) 801-5642


Saratoga Independent School
459 Lake Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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(518) 583-0841