Director’s Cut: Fundamentals of Filmmaking



This course will be taught by Anthony Q. Artis, NYU Adjunct Faculty and author of the Shut Up and Shoot Video Production Guide.


Director’s Cut: Fundamentals of Filmmaking

Grades: 9th—12th
Time: 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Dates: April 6—May 23*
Session Length: 13 Classes. Two Days/Week, Mondays and Thursdays
Classes Offered: 1
Size: 12 Students Max

*The first day of class will be a 6 hour session on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 10:00 AM—4:00 PM. The remaining classes will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 PM—7:00 PM. The last class will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, and will include a presentation at the JBFC Theater. Class will not be held on April 11 and April 22. 


$1900 (members), $2000 (nonmembers)

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Director’s Cut: Fundamentals of Filmmaking

In this intensive pre-collegiate course, participants will learn the craft of filmmaking through the creation of an original short film. Guided by Anthony Q. Artis, NYU Adjunct Faculty, and collaborating in crews, students will engage in a series of practical exercises and activities aimed at mastering the core components of crafting a visual narrative. Tailored guidance will be provided to enhance each student’s existing skills, with sessions featuring live demonstrations, hands-on test shoots, film screenings… and always plenty of fun. On the last day of class, students will showcase their work for family and friends at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Theater.

Working in small crews, students will:

  • Pitch and storyboard ideas
  • Learn composition do’s and don’ts
  • Learn core camera, lighting, and audio skills
  • Expand their video production skill sets
  • Perform and/or direct others on camera
  • Receive peer and instructor feedback
  • Learn to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Screen their final project at the Jacob Burns Film Center Theater!

Soft Skills:

  • Collaborate as part of a film crew
  • Adapt to and implement peer and instructor feedback
  • Use critical thinking to solve dynamic on-set problems

Technical Skills:

  • Storyboarding and pre-production planning
  • Shot composition
  • Cinematography
  • 4-point lighting setups
  • On-location/live audio recording




Anthony Q. Artis


Anthony Q. Artis is the author of the bestselling film books, “The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide”, “The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide” and “The Shut Up and Shoot Video Production Guide” as well as a featured video instructor on LinkedIn Learning where he has more than 20 hours of filmmaking instruction. Anthony has been teaching documentary camera, lighting and audio production as an adjunct faculty member of the Film and TV Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for more than two decades. His engaging and energetic hands-on approach to teaching makes the complicated subject of filmmaking accessible, fun and memorable.

As a 30-year veteran of the film and TV industry Anthony’s feature films and TV shows have won the IFP Market and been screened at the Tribeca and Slamdance Film Festivals as well as on MTV and the Independent Film Channel. Anthony works professionally as a creative producer, director, and cinematographer at his production company and as a camera operator on the weekly tv show, “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”.


This year we are excited to partner with CampDoc, a third party program we will be using to collect and consolidate student registration information in order to streamline the registration process, and enhance the parent and guardian experience while your child is participating in our program(s). CampDoc will give parents and guardians full access to their own participant portal which they can log into at any time to view course details and information, and previously submitted documents.

Once a course has been purchased on the JBFC website, an email from CampDoc will follow within a few days with instructions on how to create a CampDoc account and submit additional required registration information, such as an updated immunization record, a list of allergies, names of individuals who are authorized to pick your child up, doctor and insurance information, etc., and the deadlines by which this information must be received. We look forward to seeing your child this year.

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