2 Weeks / Noncredit

Introduction to Film: From Concept to Creation

Do you have an interest in filmmaking? Does watching a film set your mind in motion? Do you want to pull away the proverbial “black-curtain” on how it’s all done? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the course for you.

This comprehensive summer program for high school students exposes students to the introductory skills needed to script, shoot, and edit a short film while exploring the conceptual components of the film medium as an art form. Students have the unique experience of shooting short films on 16mm celluloid Aaton film cameras as well as professional-level HD video systems.

Filmmaking students are immersed in the process and workload of a career in the film industry.  Students in this program will frequently be in class, the field and editing studios for 8-10 hours a day and on weekends as well.

Learn from industry professionals how to shape ideas into well-thought-out screenplays. Take those scripts and bring them to life on the screen. Learn how to light a scene, choose a lens, frame a shot, record sound, and edit the final product into a presentation-ready format. Through hands-on equipment demos and studio time in professional quality sound recording and post-production facilities, experience how some of your favorite films were shot and edited into the classics we have all come to love.

This intense program allows students to leave with an experience that is lifelike and a solid understanding of career opportunities and workload should they chose to pursue this field in college.

Each student will walk away with completed pieces of work made during this class and a more concrete command of the skill set needed to take a film idea from concept to creation.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Program Costs:

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

  • Residential: $2,855
  • Commuter: $1,993

About the Film Program in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University

In the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program, students pursue various modes of production, including experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation, and are required to take film history, theory, and criticism courses.

The approach is that of the total filmmaker. The primary focus of the program is to foster creative, intellectual, and personal achievement. You learn everything from scriptwriting to pre-production, production, and post-production techniques. Developing interpersonal and leadership skills is an important part of training for the collaborative work of media production. Students go on to become independent filmmakers, educators, or work in a wide variety of media-related fields.

The program encourages independence, debate, and originality. The approach to film is an aesthetic one rather than a commercial enterprise. The SU program is ranked by many publications as one of the top film programs in the United States. Learn more by visiting: http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/transmedia/undergraduate/film.

Instructor Bio

Dan Campis – Instructor of Film, Department of Transmedia

Professor Dan Campis has worked in the TV/Film industry for the past 8 years. His philosophy as a filmmaker can only be described as a “jack-of-all-trades” approach. Beginning his career as a Grip/Electric Technician, he has moved through the ranks vigorously, holding editorial positions, boom operator positions, camera positions, and ultimately producer titles on independent projects, featuring talent such as Viggo Mortensen and Jesse Eisenberg. He graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 2008. He is serving as an Adjunct Professor and Technical Specialist in the Department of Transmedia while continuing to pursue film opportunities.