I have a son who is a junior and looking into summer film programs. He will have finished his third year of video production in school, has been editing on Final Cut Pro all three years and creates about 5-6 very short films each year. Each year culminates in a short (5 minute) documentary project. This son is interested in looking at colleges with film studies/production programs and I think a good summer program might help him focus on whether he wants a strong studies program or a great production program.
I have been reading up on many programs throughout the country and was wondering which ones might be best suited to his experience. I don't think he will learn anything new in a one-week program with inexperienced filmmakers. But he doesn't seem to want to go away for more than three weeks (NYS School of the Arts and UNC School of the Arts are both longer programs). He would consider specializing (SLR, documentary).
We live in the NYC area. Does anyone have experience with:
- Columbia University's high school summer session film program?
- SOCAPA program in VT or NYC
- Maine Media Workshops (especially the SLR workshop)
- Film program at American Unversity
- Programs especially designed for documentary filmmakers
- Adjudicated programs for high schoolers