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Course Description

Through this 12-week FILMMAKING course, students will go through writing and development of 1 feature length anthology film. Student writers will be responsible for creating a script, and directors will be responsible for directing a segment of the film, produced by the producing students, and starring the acting students (roles sizes vary). Through improvisations, readings, workshops, and screenings, students will collaborate to create films that exemplify the Studio 4 tradition of bold, sophisticated storytelling. 

12 teams will be formed. Each team will include the following members: 1 Writer, 1 Director, 1 Producer, and 4-6 Actors. One feature film will be created. Students will be divided into 2 sections that will meet on different days.

All students will be expected to read necessary texts (if applicable) before the start of class.

All students will also be expected to conscientiously apply themselves to the material covered in class, and to implement the techniques learned through assignments, lectures, and discussions to their respective productions. Two classes will be conducted each week, but considerable time outside of class will be required.

*By taking this course, each student agrees that Rabbit Bandini and Studio 4 have the right to use the footage in any and all promotional purposes and screenings towards the benefit of the school.

Class Meetings

All classes will meet in Manhattan.

First Class: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Last Class: Sunday, September 25, 2016

All Students: Sundays, 9 PM - Midnight
  >>Instructor: James Franco
All Students: Wednesdays, 7-10 PM
  >>Instructors: Gabrielle Demeestere, Pedro Gomez Millan, Michael WarnerPamela Romanowsky, Bruce Thierry Cheung

*Teachers are subject to change, based on their availability.
**There will be no class July 4th weekend and Labor Day Weekend.

October 2016: Preproduction (3-4 weeks)
November 2016: Filming begins (4 weeks)


$2,100 for Non-Studio 4 students (anyone that is NOT enrolled in the 2-year Meisner program at Studio 4)

$1,500 + 1 free month of Meisner class for Studio 4 students CONCURRENTLY enrolled in the 2-year Meisner Technique classes during the course of this class. If a student withdraws from their Meisner courses, they must pay the Non-Studio 4 student rate.

*Once enrolled, there are no refunds.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:00 PM

ROUND 1 - May: Applications
ROUND 2 - Early June: Actor Auditions/Director and Writer Interviews (will be notified by Friday, May 27)
ROUND 3 - Mid June: Callbacks and Interviews with James
Students will be notified by email if selected.

Actors MUST have experience and training to apply.

Actors will improvise scenes premised on their directors’ vision of their films. Teams will be expected to have thoroughly discussed the goals of the improvisation, and ideas for their film prior to the in-class performance. The improvisations will be led by each team’s director with the help of the instructors. Improvisations should be discussed among the writers, and harvested for inspiration for the screenplays. Actors will create detailed biographies for the character they are playing. Although it is the responsibility of each actor to create their character biography, it is important to be in constant communication with your director throughout the process. Actors should be able to tell their characters’ life story as truthfully, and with as much detail as possible. Any necessary research for the roles should be included and discussed with the directors. Writers should use the information from the character biographies to create unique, rich characters and dialogue.

Producers MUST have experience to apply.

Producers will be creating and maintaining the schedules and budgets. Producers will also be responsible for creating a Dramaturge for the class: a collection of period research that will unify the class aesthetic across all films. In addition to period research, the dramaturge should include information regarding production design, costume design, and vendor records. Producers should be in constant communication with their directors regarding the visual plan, as it directly affects the budget, schedule, and feasibility of the film.

Directors MUST have experience and training to apply.

Storyboards and other communicative materials are recommended to be included in the visual plan, although not required. Though the Directors will create the visual plan for each film, it is important that they communicate with their teammates throughout the preproduction process. Actors should work closely with the Directors to develop their character biographies. Directors should carefully consider and assess all notes given by both their team and the class in order to make the best decisions in bringing their visions to life. It will be the responsibility of the Directors to communicate their visual plans to the Producers in a timely fashion so that they can adequately create the budgets and schedules. It is the responsibility of each director to come prepared, and equipped with any visual aids they may require.

Writers MUST have experience and training to apply.

Though the Screenwriters will be writing the scripts, it is important to remember the collaborative process during each draft. Producers should pay close attention to the feasibility and needs of production in relation to the schedule and budget. Actors should carefully read each draft, and ask the Writer any potential questions regarding their character. Screenwriters should pay close attention to all notes and needs of production throughout the writing process. Drafts will be read aloud for discussion and critique by the class.


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