Filmmaking – Fall & Spring semesters

Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy

Spring Filmmaking Semester Dates: Saturdays, February 16 – May 11, 2019
(2/16,  2/23,  3/2,  3/9,  3/16,  3/23,  3/30,  4/6,  4/13,  4/27,  5/4,  5/11)

Class Time: 10:15 am- 12:15 pm
Ages: 14 – 18

FEES:  $800 per semester (includes all equipment and materials)

Class location: Fordham Media Library, Douglass Campus, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

3/16 and 3/23 class meetings will take place at the Civic Square Building in Downtown New Brunswick at 33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, in Room 331

Register for the spring semester today!

Payment Plans available, for more information contact:
Mason Gross Extension Division Administration
Phone: 848-932-1500

The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education and summer programs! If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application. Click on the logo below to go to the Rutgers Federal Credit Union website for more information!


The Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy features a comprehensive curriculum that allows participants the opportunity to focus on various areas of interest.  The purpose of this course is to introduce students to industry standards of filmmaking; a solid foundation in the core concepts and principles of filmmaking will be stressed. Focusing on the importance of organization and experimentation within the filmmaking process will allow students to expand their creativity while giving them a solid foundation and a working knowledge of project management.

This curriculum gives the students lessons that are currently applied in today’s industry and will continue to apply even as the technology associated with filmmaking is upgraded. Technologies will change and progress through time so this curriculum will give students the tools they need to navigate the changes in the industry as they occur. This curriculum encompasses film studies through the pre-production to post-production process including writing, directing, shooting, editing, and hands-on-exercises geared towards industry production standards.  All materials, equipment, and software are included; no prior experience is required.

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Our filmmaking program is designed to prepare students to become proficient in various areas of production. Students will work on writing, shooting, and directing projects assigned by the instructors, while participating as crew members. Topics covered throughout the course will include producing, directing, casting, cinematography, dialogue recording, production, post production, sound design, clearing music rights, contracts, and distribution options. This course introduces students to cinematography, including an overview of HD and HDSLR camera operation, lighting equipment, lenses, and aesthetic principles. Students will learn using digital and film cameras in a hands-on environment. This class teaches students the essential elements to produce a short film for festivals and competitions. Past and current students have won numerous local and national awards for their work.

Throughout the course, students will learn how to break down a script into a shooting script with a shot list and estimated production budget. Cinematography techniques covered during this course including image control through lighting, selecting exposure and lens types. On-set duties of the camera assistant and camera operator are also addressed. They will also have instruction in the use of the jib, dolly, slider, video assist, slate and glidecam. Students will participate in exercises with cameras, lighting and the camera support equipment. At the end of our semester, films will be screened in a final presentation.


  • Digital Cameras
  • Sync-Sound Audio Packages
  • Grip Gear
  • Lighting Packages
  • Editing Workstations
  • Dolly & Track
  • Jib
  • Slider
  • Glidecam Smooth Shooter
  • LED Lighting Packages