Track 2: Film Production
This intensive immersion filmmaking workshop is intended for beginning and intermediate filmmakers of all ages (19+). Students work together on short film projects as they are introduced to the aesthetics, techniques and practices of filmmaking. Students work closely with each other under the direction of UCLA faculty to study directing, cinematography, editing, production and creative collaboration while using UCLA equipment and sound stages.
In the first half of the program, students collaborate on short film exercises and rotate crew positions as director, cinematographer, gaffer, actor and editor. In the second half of the program, the class votes on story ideas pitched by their classmates and then collaborates on the two short film ideas selected, culminating in a screening for the finished films at the end of the program in a state-of-the-art-theater.
In the exclusive Summer Institute Symposium, students from all tracks meet and listen to some of Hollywood’s most accomplished professionals. High-wattage guests have included Simon Kinberg (writer-producer, X-Men: First Class, Mr. & Mrs. Smith); Zak Penn (writer, The Incredible Hulk); Chris Gorak (director, The Darkest Hour); John Hegeman (chief marketing officer, New Regency Productions); and many others.
Hollywood & Networking
As part of the Summer Institute, students tour a major Hollywood movie studio. A networking mixer for students and alumni takes place on the last night of the program and the movies from the film production and animation tracks are shown. Friends and family are welcome!
This program carries 13 quarter units of UC credit. Students in this track are enrolled in the following classes:
- FTV 101A Symposium (1)
In this weekly seminar prominent guests from the industry share their experiences and answer student questions about their career and working in Hollywood today.
- FTV 122D Film Editing: Overview of History, Technique, and Practice (4)
This course discusses the practical application of film editing techniques, how they have evolved and continue to evolve. It examines the history of editing, as well as current editing trends, terminology and workflow. Students work in Premiere.
- FTV 122E Digital Cinematography (4)
With lectures, screenings and demonstrations, this course is a study of the principles of digital cinematography and discusses how tools and techniques affect visual storytelling process. Topics include formats, aspect ratios, cameras, lenses, special effects, internal menu picture manipulation, lighting, composition, coverage, high definition, digital exhibition, filtration, multiple-camera shooting.
- FTV 178 Film and Television Production Laboratory (4)
For the first half of the course, students direct and edit their own short film exercises and help each other on set by rotating crew positions. For the final project, students pitch short film ideas and the two story ideas that are selected are green lit for a two-day production. Students who pitched the selected stories go on to serve as screenwriters. Students interested in directing present a director’s pitch and one director per project is selected. Students are assigned crew positions based on their interests and aptitude. The final project is filmed over two days on a sound stage or at select campus locations. The school provides digital cinema cameras and lighting equipment, access to facilities, and location permits for campus locations. The program culminates in a final screening of the films in a state-of-the-art theater the end of the program. Friends and family are welcome.
This track is open to college students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 19+), including international students. Applicants are required to submit a creative writing sample that demonstrates creativity and a strong original voice.
Register Online. In order to secure your spot, a $150 nonrefundable deposit is due upon completion of your application for the program. You may pay by credit or debit card using our secure online credit card form. Your $150 deposit is nonrefundable.
Students must provide their own external hard drives, memory cards, and flash drives with the following specifications:
- 7200 RPM External Hard Drive w/ minimum 500GB Storage Capacity Connectivity/Interface: USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 2
- Examples of acceptable drives: G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive 1TB (7200rpm)
- 64GB SDXC card
- Example of acceptable memory card: SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
USB FLASH DRIVE
- 4GB or 8GB USB Flash Drive
Grades and Transcripts
Program participants will earn units of credit on a letter-grading basis and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. To request a transcript, please contact the UCLA Registrar’s Office.
Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls for students age 16 and older. You can view the various housing options and rates.
“I’d heard films have the power to transform an audience, I didn’t know just how much filmmaking could transform the people behind the scenes. I am a better person for this program, and I can’t recommend it enough. A great way to spend summer time getting to know wonderful people and honing my skills.”
-Chelsea Giles, Film Production 2018
“Before attending the UCLA Film and Television Film Production Summer Institute, I never thought I'd be a filmmaker. Once I arrived, I knew that was going to change. The instructors are extremely supportive and experienced in their fields, providing applicable real world knowledge. I now have the skills it takes to enter this highly competitive industry and make movies!”
-Joseph Mueller, Film Production 2018
“The UCLA Film and Television Production Summer Institute was a life changing experience that not only gave me hands on experience with equipment that most film students could only dream of having access to, but also exposed me to an entire group of motivated and wonderful people to share the fun with. I made some of my closest friends at UCLA that summer, and we continue to collaborate on film work today."
-Evelyn Davis, Film Production 2018
“It was an amazing experience and I had tremendous fun!!”
-Jose Correa, Film Production 2015
“The UCLA Film and Television Film Production Summer Institute was one of the best choices I ever made. It was an incredible stepping-stone to what I hope will be an amazing career. I would not have started a production company or worked as a D.P., if I had not taken this program. The institute gave me both the technical skills and creative freedom to express who I am as a filmmaker. I am now producing a short film every other week with a group of friends including a couple of alumni of the Institute! Even though the program ended, we stayed in touch, and I consider some of them to be family. Re(Set), the collaborative short we filmed at the Institute, is still one of the first pieces I show to industry professionals when I'm asked for examples of my work!”
-Amy Li, Film Production 2017
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