Our 30-credit course of study is designed to prepare students for all facets of the independent filmmaking process. Working with noteworthy writers, directors, producers, casting agents and editors, students in the MPS Directing program explores every aspect of filmmaking from the Director’s perspective, from the creation of a script to casting, budgeting, directing, filming, editing and marketing the final product. The program culminates in a thesis-based short film festival at the SVA Theatre.
Students are offered a first-hand opportunity to experience the creation and execution of a film in the ever-changing world of media production. We will discuss and analyze international Academy Award-winning short films for various techniques. Each student will examine the art of visual storytelling and learn to utilize the tools of cinema to tell their story and articulate their vision. We will examine the challenges of directing a film—conceptual screenwriting, directing, photography, and working with the production team to achieve their vision. In the second part of this two-part class on Directing, students will begin pre-production and move into production of their thesis films. They will continue to examine the art of directing moving forward with location scouting, shotlisting, and production. Marketing, submission to film festivals, and postproduction matters will also be addressed.