Tisch Online High School Filmmakers Workshop
Learn to write, direct, shoot, and edit your own films at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
The emphasis of the Online High School Filmmakers Workshops is storytelling through visual language. Through online courses and skill-building projects, high school students develop their writing, directing, shooting, and editing skills as they produce a variety of short films.
Students deliver a crew-based documentary, a crew-based music video, three technical assignments, and a final narrative film. This online workshop is delivered through an asynchronous model, with pre-recorded video lectures and modules. Students watch the videos at their own pace and complete daily and/or weekly assignments. Students will schedule real-time video meetings with their instructor and film crew.
This workshop is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and culminates in four college credits. This workshop is offered in the spring, summer, and fall.
How to Apply
Eligible applicants will be high school students currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Admissions materials include the following:
- Online application form
- Personal statement
- Creative résumé
- English language proficiency test results (non-native English-speaking applicants)
- Official high school transcripts
- $75 non-refundable application fee
Please visit the Tisch Special Programs website for full Online High School Filmmakers Workshop admissions requirements and eligibility.
Who You'll Study With
Gay Abel-Bey is a full-time faculty member of the Tisch Undergraduate Division of Film & Television and previous to joing NYU in 1995, taught at UCLA's Film & Television Department.
Ms. Abel-Bey is the recipient of The Dorothy Arzner Award for high recognition of a dramatic piece by a woman director, with her thesis film, Fragrance. She has also produced several award-winning independent productions: Father & Son, A Sony Innovator Award recipient; Running 4 My Life and When It's Your Turn, produced for WPVI-TV, Philadelphia; Stone Cold Hustler produced for I.A.T.S.E., winning an local Emmy in Washington, D.C. for the "Drug Free School Zone" campaign, and Kiss Grandmother Goodbye.
Chris Chan Roberson
Chris Chan Roberson is a 15-year veteran editor, digital content strategist, cinematographer, college professor and project manager.
He has been teaching cinematography and editing at Tisch School of the Arts since 1999 and served as NYU’s Executive Director of Post Production for over two years. Currently he is the Freshman Area Head.
Philip DeRise is a filmmaker trained in the Graduate Film program of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. He is currently a Senior Producer/Director within the Group Nine Media's Brandshop.
Philip has directed and produced over 70 documentary, narrative, and branded films for clients that include Grey Advertising, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Paul Newman Charity's Serious Fun Group, Audible, Coca-Cola, Longwave, Doctors of the World, and the United Nations. His broadcast commercial work has been featured within Creativity-Online's best of the week of advertising and made the AICP Awards shortlist.
Shivani Khattar is a New York-based independent filmmaker whose work ranges from feature films to branded content and commercials. Until recently, she made future-forward documentaries for NBC News’ streaming platforms. Previously, she worked as the New York Lead Video Producer for Engadget.com.
She earned her MFA degree in Film Directing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she received the Paulette Godard Scholarship two years in a row. Her short films have been screened at film festivals around the world, including SXSW and the Palm Springs Short Film Festival. Her feature script "The Absent State and the Idealistic Junkie" was shortlisted for the Cannes Residence du Festival in 2012.
Darrell Wilson is a film/video artist and sculptor whose work has been exhibited at The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, The Collective for the Living Cinema & The Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, The Cinematheque in Montreal, Gallerie Maximilien Guillot in Paris and various independent film festivals and galleries throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Darrell has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council on the Arts and the Jerome Foundation for Experimental Film. He has worked as production designer and artistic consultant for numerous independent film and video productions.
Schedule and Deadlines
|Spring||Feb - April||January|
|Summer||July 9 - August 4||May 12|
Do I earn college credit after participating in the Online High School Filmmakers Workshop?
Yes, students earn four college credits.
What is the course schedule?
The Online High School Filmmakers Workshop is asynchronous, meaning you watch the pre-recorded lectures at your own pace. There is not a designated course day/time. There are opportunities to schedule live video one-on-one meetings with your instructor. You may also schedule live video chats with students in your film crew to collaborate on projects.
Will NYU Tisch School of the Arts provide students with film equipment for the workshop?
No, students are required to supply their own technology (camera, sound, and editing) for this course). Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR, or cellphone that can shoot high quality footage.
What type of equipment do I need for the Online High School Filmmakers Workshop?
- Students can shoot with their own prosumer camera, DSLR or cell phone that can shoot high quality footage.
- Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability.
- This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
July 9 - August 4
Summer Session Deadline: May 12
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