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Mount Vernon Square
1003 K St NW
Btwn 10th & 11th Streets NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Al Hallak

What you'll learn in this film production class:

This 5-Day Intensive Workshop will give filmmaking students the tools and information to excel at each stage of the filmmaking process. Students will learn from the process of producing your own projects and master every aspect of the filmmaking process. Students will rotate among crew positions and learn how to write, direct, shoot and edit a one-minute scene. This scene will be a pitch for a feature film or TV series.

In day one and two, students will develop their scripts and plan their shoots. In day three, students will film their movies and rotates among crew positions. In day four students will edit their movies and screen them at the end of day five.

Topics to be covered during the Workshop:
  • Writing a one-page script
  • Planning your shoot
  • Working with actors
  • Essentials of Directing
  • Hands-on Camera and Lighting
  • Adobe Premiere editing tools and techniques

Course Outline

Day One: Script Writing

Students will develop their one-page scripts and write treatments of their projects. Students will be instructed in story structure, dramatic arc, creating characters, text and subtext, refining stories, and scriptwriting style. Students pitch their projects in front of his or her instructor and crew.

Day Two: Planning and Rehearsals

Students will rehearse their scenes with their cast and crew, work on script breakdown, shooting schedule, costumes, props and decisions. Students will take a quick introduction to directing, working with actors, camera and lighting techniques that would help them film successful scenes.

Day Three: Filming

Students will work in groups, and rotate among crew positions to film their scenes.

Day Four: Editing

Students will learn how to use the digital editing system, Adobe Premiere. Each student edits his or her own film. Students are taught the fundamental concepts of film editing, both practical and aesthetic.

Day Five: Packaging and Screening

Students will learn few techniques in Photoshop to create a poster and printout their treatment and visual package. Students will add their IMDb credits, start social media pages and start promoting their concepts.


Q: What camera gear and editing software will be used during the training?

We offer high-end 4K camera gear and lighting equipment and we use Adobe Premiere to edit.

Q: What Production recourses will be offered?
We will offer a location, camera and lighting gear and editing workstations. Students would need to pay if they wish to hire extra actors, crew and buy extra costumes and props.

Q: Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the Workshop?
18 years and above

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the Workshop?
We recommend taking the metro, the nearest is Metro Center, MT Vernon Sq/Convention Center, Chinatown 

Q: What can I bring into the Workshop? 
A: No previous video experience is required. No technical knowledge is needed. This course will walk you through every step.

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If notice is given 5 or more calendar days before the start of a class, the student may receive a full refund. If notice is given less than 5 calendar days no rescheduling or refunds are permitted. All cancellations and registration changes must be received in writing to [email protected] 


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Many of us have concepts and compelling stories that the world should hear about them. Have you considered making them into movies? We at Pitch to Screen can help. We package your concept in a visual presentation, from a professional treatment of your concept to an edited teaser....

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