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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Camp Week 1: Who are you as a storyteller?

    • Live Session — Welcome to Story Masters Summer Film Camp

    • What is a story? The most fundamental lesson for storytellers

    • The Components of Good Short Film Stories

    • Who Are You as a Storyteller?

    • Tapping into your creativity: an introduction to effective brainstorming

    • Finding the story you're looking for

    • Panning for gold: Generating the idea for your short film

    • Find a great ending for your movie

    • Find the best place to open your movie

    • Tuesday Office Hours

    • Wednesday Office Hours

    • Thursday Office Hours

    • Live Session — Pitch Your Best Story Idea

  • 2

    Camp Week 2: Story Development/Writing the Script

    • Live Session — Developing and Writing Your Story Idea

    • Creating your main character

    • Giving your hero a compelling, high-stakes goal

    • Creating conflict with insurmountable obstacles

    • Formatting your script like a pro

    • Review of the best free screenwriting software

    • So What Does a Director Do, Exactly?

    • The Phases of Pre-Production

    • Assignment: Turn in your script

    • Tuesday Office Hours

    • Wednesday Office Hours

    • Thursday Office Hours

    • Live Session — Locking the Script

  • 3

    Camp Week 3: Pre-Production

    • Live Session — Pre-Production Begins

    • Thinking Visually - Theme

    • Thinking Visually - Composition

    • Storyboarding

    • Staging Actors

    • Rehearsing

    • Tuesday Office Hours

    • Wednesday Office Hours

    • Thursday Office Hours

    • Live Session — Ready to Shoot

  • 4

    Camp Week 4: Production

    • Live Session — Production Q&A

    • A Successful Shooting Day

    • Tips For Being On Set

    • Conflict on the Set!

    • Tuesday Office Hours

    • Wednesday Office Hours

    • Thursday Office Hours

    • Live Session — Production Check-In

  • 5

    Camp Week 5: Post Production

    • Live Session — Post Production Begins

    • Editing: Workflow

    • Editing: What to Focus On

    • Editing: Some Tips and Tricks

    • Editing: Knowing When You're Done

    • Post-Production: Score

    • Post-Production: Sound

    • Tuesday Office Hours

    • Wednesday Office Hours

    • Thursday Office Hours

    • Live Session — Post Production Check-In

  • 6

    Camp Week 6: Next Steps and Film Festival

    • Live Session — Now what?

    • Life After the Film: Next Steps

    • Life After the Film: Film Festivals

    • Life After The Film: The Next Film

    • Story Masters Film Festival Awards

Pricing options

Festival entry only

Students who wish to enter a short film into the Story Masters Summer Film Festival without enrolling in the Summer Camp may submit their films on our festival page at FilmFreeway.