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Project one: Continuity style directing Students will explore film grammar while using the DV camera. Students are taught to plan and shoot footage of dramatic subjects. Students will be shown how different camera angles, camera movements, focal lengths, lighting and blocking actors combine to bring the scene together seamlessly in the editing room.

Project two: The Digital factor
Students will explore the unique properties of the digital format. Students will plan their project meticulously, and then improve and utilize the best aspects of the digital medium.

Project three: Final digital project
The final digital project will be about 10 minutes. The portability and flexibility of digital video makes it an excellent format for filmmaking, while the unimposing size of the camera and the ability to shoot in low light levels with small crews allow for a new intimacy working with actors in dramatic projects.

Students will edit their final digital projects during the last week of the program, which will culminate in a final screening open to actors, friends and family.

All students who successfully complete the workshop will receive Magic-in-Motion Certificates and a personal copy of their work.



Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes; comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.

Woody Allen