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Track 4: Advanced Filmmaking Lab

This eight-week intensive immersion filmmaking lab is intended for intermediate to advanced filmmakers of all ages (20+). Students in this track are expected to have previous experience in film production and a working knowledge of film theory, aesthetics, history and practices. Through lectures, discussions, workshops, field experiences, individual and group projects, students in the Advanced Filmmaking Lab will refine and broaden their filmmaking practice.

Students are immersed in the aesthetics, techniques and professional practices of filmmaking from conceptualization to postproduction using UCLA equipment and sound stages. Students work together in creative collaboration under the direction of UCLA faculty, to study directing, advanced cinematography, advanced editing, and production. The program culminates in a screening of student work in a state-of-the-art theater at the end of the program.

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 and network with students from the Creative Producing, Film Production, and Animation tracks.

This eight-week 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)
    An in-depth look into 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 AVID and DaVinci Resolve.
  • 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, and multiple-camera shooting.
  • FTV 178 Film and Television Production Laboratory (4)
    Students refine their storytelling abilities with multiple exercises and develop their own individual short film from script to post production. Students experience practical training in all aspects of production, from story pitching to directing the actor to color correction. Each individual directs their own short film, and students are assigned crew positions based on their interests and aptitude. The final project is filmed 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 at the end of the program in a state-of-the-art theater.

This track is open to college students and aspiring filmmakers (ages 20 +), including international students. Applicants must have completed three college level courses in film/TV production, or commensurate professional experience. Additionally, students must provide two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and an example of previous work.

View the program layout for
Advanced Filmmaking Lab (June 26 – August 18, 2017)

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.

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.

Housing is available in the UCLA Residence Halls for students age 16 and older. You can view the various housing options and rates. You will need UCLA Logon ID and Password in order to access the online housing application.

Contact Us
UCLA Summer Institutes
1332 Murphy Hall
Box 951418
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1418
Tel: (310) 825-4101
Fax: (310) 825-1528
E-mail: institutes@summer.ucla.edu