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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York Film Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

1. FIL110 Director's Craft I; 2. FIL150 Production Workshop I

Formerly 1. FIL110 Directing I; 2.FIL150 Production I

Course 1: Version 1: 223 hours (16 weeks). Course 2: Version 1: 333 hours (16 weeks). Course 1: Version 2: 103 hours (16 weeks). Course 2: Version 2: 48 hours (16 weeks). 

New York Film Academy, 17 Battery Place, New York, NY.

Course 1 and 2: Version 1: September 2007 - September 2016.  Course 1 and 2: Version 2: October 2016 - December 2019. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Version 1 and 2:  Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: create a floor plan, shot list, shooting schedule, lined script, and director's notes for any film project they direct; examine the components of designing a shot, including how to maintain spatial, temporal, graphic, and narrative continuity, how to utilize music as score, soundtrack, and source music, and how to create and direct the dramatic beats in a script; discuss the responsibilities of each crew member's role in a shoot, set protocol, and the order of commands on a film set; make use of blocking, staging, and the use of props for creating a character; discuss different approaches to directing dialogue, and integrate improvisational techniques in rehearsal and on set; explore acting techniques to better communicate with their actors in directing a credible and interesting performance; apply acting techniques in the shooting of a scene from a script in which the student directs and acts in; deconstruct scenes from features and shorts to identify different approaches to directing a film. Course 2: Version 1 and 2: Students will be able to: discuss the roles and responsibilities of a variety of Crew Positions such as Cinematographer, Assistant Camera, and Gaffer/Grip; budget and schedule for a short film shoot; determine the different budget categories: Film/Video stock, Film Development and Processing, Post-Production, Cast and Crew, Locations, Craft Services, Transportation, Art Department, Casting, Insurance, Contingencies, and Distribution; schedule a shoot and implement daily and weekly shooting schedule strategies.


Course 1: Version 1 and 2: This course introduces students to the language and craft of film directing. The directing classes prepare students for the film projects they will shoot and serves as the venue for screening and critiquing their films throughout the course. Students write, direct, produce, and edit seven short film projects. Directing classes cover the following subjects: directing the camera, principles of mise-en-scene, introduction to directing actors, shot planning, principles of continuity filmmaking, directing music and montage, dramatic breakdown of a script, the use of staging and blocking and production design to create character and sub-text in a scene, approaches to directing dialogue, and different approaches to subjective versus objective dramatic beats through point of view. Students explore acting techniques to better communicate with their actors in directing a credible and interesting performance. Students give a director's presentation based on their semester one film preparation in class. Successful completion of this course enables students to continue on to FIL210 Director's Craft, with an emphasis on thesis film completion. Course 2: Version 1 and 2: This course provides a practical application of learning from all the components in the directing, writing, cinematography, sound recording, and editing level one courses as they relate to the making of a film. Students work in a variety of crew positions such as Cinematographer, Assistant Camera, Sound Recordist, and Gaffer/Grip on their fellow student shoots for the first four film projects. Students take a budgeting and scheduling class where they learn the fundamentals and techniques of budgeting and scheduling for a short film. Students also produce the films they will direct in the first semester: mise-en-scene film, continuity film, music film, fourth film, Chekhovian Film, POV Film, and semester one film. Successful completion of this course enables students to continue on to FIL260 Production Two, with an emphasis on thesis film completion.

Credit recommendation: 

 Course 1 and 2: Version 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours, distributed as follows: 4 semester hours as Directing in Filmmaking and 2 semester hours as Production in Filmmaking (7/08) (10/16 revalidation). NOTE: Each semester of the One-Year Filmmaking Program is an integrated, cross-disciplinary experience. Credit is recommended only after students complete all courses within a given semester.