Director Plans and executes the overall artistic direction of a film, including approving every detail of every shot and nurturing the onscreen performances of the actors. Responsible for the the way a film looks, feels and communicates. The artistic commander in chief, with a signature style unto his or her own.
Producer Literally responsible for delivering a final picture, or producing a film for a studio or investors by managing the entire film making process from pre-production to sale or distribution. A producer oversees all the non-artistic aspects of a film from initial fundraising, to budgeting and scheduling, hiring and firing, to making sure that a finished film is delivered as promised. The power-brokers of Hollywood.
Cinematographer The Director of Photography. Responsible for capturing the director's vision onto moving picture, whether film or video. Works closely with the director to frame the on-screen action, and to design the lighting for a specific scene. The true artistes of filmmaking.
Gaffer The chief lighting technician on a set, a gaffer is a member of the electrical department who is responsible for operating lights and lighting equipment on a set. Will assist the cinematographer achieve their artistic vision for a scene by collaborating on the lighting design.
Key grip The chief of a group of grips, responsible for the mechancial stagings on-set, whether they be cranes, camera dollies and track, pyrotechnics, etc. Grips are the mechanical engineer and muscle behind the scenes -- often doubling as a construction co-ordinator and a backup for the camera crew. Key grips work closely with the gaffer.
Editor Under the tutelege of the director, responsible for artfully assembling all of the production footage into a finished movie over the course of months, and sometimes years. Where editors used to literally "cut" the film and splice it together in a painstaking analogue process, now all their work in the cutting room is done on computers. Editors are key-contributers to a film's final form, oftentimes making artistic contributions equal to that of the director.
Post Production Supervisor The person responsible for overseeing the entire post-production of a project. Helps to ensure that the film is delivered on time and on budget while satisfying the sometimes-competing needs of the director and the producers.
WE ARE ALL FILM, ALL THE TIME.
The NFI curriculum gives you a total immersion in hands-on filmmaking. Here’s what is covered in your coursework:
• Video production Basics of camera operation, lighting, and sound recording and then from basics to the advanced. You’ll start with short films, then on to documentaries, and the final group film project;
• Screenwriting The essentials of screenwriting, including story structure, character development, the traditional 3 act structure of screenplays, and the proper formatting of your script using Final Draft software;
• Visual communications and digital imaging Today’s filmmakers also need to be skilled at the use of Photoshop and Illustrator, and we’ll teach you both programs;
• Sound production Film isn’t just a visual medium: ever since 1929 it’s also been about sound! You’ll get a solid foundation in the practical, technical, and aesthetic aspects of sound production;
• Film history This isn’t about watching old movies, it’s seeing how the great movies of the past have brought us to where we are today. If you don’t think that’s important, talk to Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino;
• Budgeting and business planning As a filmmaker, you need to know how to break down a script for budgeting and scheduling purposes. You also need to know the different ways to obtain financing for your film, and all the legal issues involved;
• Editing As one great filmmaker said, “Editing is the foundation of film art.” You’ll learn the theory behind editing decisions, along with the skills and technologies involved in editing;
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