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The summer intensive film program at Sarah Lawrence was fantastic. We were taught by industry professionals, whom had many years of experience. They gave insight that I learned a lot from. The access to equipment allowed me to learn gear I had not been exposed to before. I thought the ability to make our own film, with the guidance of a supervisor, was very important as it opened my eyes to what running a set is like. Overall a great program great for aspiring filmmakers.
I experienced the most incredible summer at IFI, and I wish I could relive it every day! however, since I cannot , I make do by taking what I learned, and using it to fuel my passion for film. Having the IFI teachers as reliable contacts, and my new friends to share this experience with, I am anxious to see where each of us ends up as story tellers and filmmakers.
On set equipment can be improved (but not necessary for young inexperienced students)
I have been engaged with filmmaking since the age of 9 and was searching for a course that could further my knoll which is not always easy to find. I feel IFI was a perfect match. The classes were great where you could always pick something new up no matter how much you feel you know. The timetables were devided up very well giving time for you to study a lot while also socializing with your mates. The theory and practical parts of the course were balanced. Equipment used to shoot with were not industry standard or very high end, but for students first introduced to filmmaking it works fine as it is easy to master.
The instructors were very helpful and a joy to work with!
Overall the IFI program is an amazing program for everyone and actually encourages you to study film at college, opening your eyes to the advantages of lessons everyday.
Highly recommend it!
Extremely helpful instructors, who put in a lot of effort to make the program as interesting as possible.
The Sarah Lawrence Filmmaker's Collective was the top experience I've had at a summer film program. Start to finish, their top priority was that we were making films at a near-professional level. All scripts were written to the industry standard, filming schedules established, casting calls made, and professional equipment was utilized. It certainly didn't hurt that we had an extremely positive crew of instructors guiding us through each early process, but what made the program so helpful was that it left room for things to go wrong. When I had actors dropping for my shoot and planned locations being shut down, they left it mainly in my hands to fix. That is the single most important thing a film school can do for you—give you real field experiences, mistakes and all—cause you'll be better prepared for the real thing on the other end.
Excellent facilities and availability of recources
Real industry experience
I went into this camp uncertain of what I wanted to do in college. When I finished the five week intensive program, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I felt like my instructors really cared about my project and were willing to spend time just to make it perfect. C.C Webster, the screenwriting teacher, was amazing. If you enjoy screenwriting, go to this camp. Beyond screenwriting, the program offers excellent classes in directing, working the camera, and even acting. This gives students the entire film experience. We even went to casting calls in the middle of New York City, which was an experience that you can't get very many other places. Overall, if you like film, this is the place to go.
Being a part of IFI’s summer film program has truly changed my life. When I first entered, I knew I was interested in writing but I had barely held a camera in my hand and had zero interest in anything other than writing. However, with the help of some wonderful professors, I found a new passion for being a Director of Photography. Not only did they help me develop the skills necessary to begin as a DP, but they have helped me in finding an internship and writing me a letter of recommendation, truly highlighting the supportive environment that follows you outside of the program.
No matter what level of experience you have or what you plan to do in the future, I highly recommend being a part of such a fantastic program.