MEWshop and theC47 Present: The Filmmaker's Intensive 2012

February 21, 2012 in Educational (E)

[] New York, New York - Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWshop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, is pleased to announce its partnership with theC47 for The Filmmaker's Intensive, an annual two-week filmmaking workshop scheduled for June 9-24, 2012. The program allows both aspiring filmmakers and working professionals to immerse themselves in the multiple disciplines of cinematography, providing a true narrative filmmaking experience from pre- to post-production. Over the course of two weeks, students will live and work together, and gain a deep understanding of both the technical and artistic aspects of filmmaking.

Taught by top instructors and working industry professionals, the two-week program consists of three three-hour filmmaking sessions each day. In week one of The Filmmaker's Intensive, students work with new video and filmmaking technologies that make it possible for filmmakers to launch projects, film, edit and distribute them on multiple platforms or as submissions to film festivals. Led by Jem Schofield and a team of expert teachers, through hands-on instruction students learn shooting, lighting, recording location sound, editing and more. Week one topics include:

* Collaborative Filmmaking
* Pre-Production
* Camera
* Lighting
* Sound
* Workflow
* Screenwriting
* Developing Scripts
* Pre-Lighting
* Rehearsals
* Directing
* Working with Actors
* Intro to Editing Narrative

Students apply their technical expertise during week two, shooting a short narrative film with a team of filmmakers. Attendees work with scripts and actors, learning to direct them in ways that inject life into the writer's dialogue and fulfill the collaborative, creative vision for the production. Topics during week two cover:

* Pitching Projects
* Casting
* The Creative Flow: Storyboards, Shot Lists, etc.
* Shooting Techniques for Narrative Film
* Working On Set
* Blocking & Rehearsing
* Directing The Scene
* Processing Dailies
* Editing for Narrative
* Screening

"The Filmmaker's Intensive is a completely unique program that was designed to give creative people from all over the world the opportunity to learn the process of narrative filmmaking in a completely immersive environment," says Jem Schofield, founder and director of The Filmmaker's Intensive. "Its purpose is to help people understand and then apply the principles of film directing, cinematography and editing. The instructors are picked not only because of their experience, but because they are great educators. This gives people a chance to go to film school when they may have not had that opportunity in the past."

"The Filmmaker's Intensive is the only program of its kind that allows aspiring filmmakers a truly immersive filmmaking experience. When we say it's intense, we mean it's intense - but every single student who's participated has walked away with an immeasurable wealth of knowledge because of it," says Josh Apter, founder and president, Manhattan Edit Workshop. "Students travel from all over the world to be a part of The Filmmaker's Intensive, not only because of the impressive lineup of instructors, but also for the opportunity to work with and learn from their peers. Not a moment goes by during these two weeks that the students aren't learning. The program is simply invaluable to these filmmakers."

Echoing the immense value of the program is former Filmmaker Intensive student Angus Oborn. "As completely satisfying as the course was, the greatest pleasures came later. When I walked onto the set of my first big video shoot after TFMI, it was incredibly reassuring to know how it all worked, so I could concentrate on shooting great work," says Oborn. "The payoff has been huge - not only in terms of raw knowledge, but also in gaining the confidence to take on jobs that only months ago seemed beyond my reach. I can't imagine how else I would've gotten up to speed so quickly."

This year, The Filmmaker's Intensive will take place at the SUNY Purchase campus, just a stone's throw away from the world's most inspiring city - New York. Students will learn and live together in the university environment, and some of the program's sessions and exercises will be taking place in the heart of Manhattan.

theC47 and The Filmmaker's Intensive are proud to be sponsored by AbelCine, Kessler Crane, Kino Flo, Manfrotto, RDE, Sekonic and Zeiss.

Pricing and Registration:
The total cost for The Filmmaker's Intensive is $4,250. The fee includes all courses and room and board. There is a limited number of spots, and prospective students are encouraged to apply early at The Filmmaker's Intensive website.

About the Instructors:

Josh Apter:
Josh has served as editor on over eight feature films including The Holy Land (winner Slamdance 2002/Cavu Pictures Distributor), Kaaterskill Falls and Barbecue is a Noun (Audience Award for best Documentary at the Rome International Film Festival and the River Run Film Festival). As a filmmaker, Josh is always producing, shooting and editing projects of all shapes and sizes. He recently completed principal photography on Out of Many, a documentary that follows five people as they travel across the country to the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Jem Schofield:
Jem Schofield, producer and educator, is the founder and director of The Filmmaker's Intensive and the founder of theC47. Jem's company, Buttons Productions, produces projects and provides training for clients that include Apple, Inc., CNN, The New York Times, Manfrotto, Abel Cine and Canon U.S.A. Jem is an Apple Mentor Trainer and co-author of the Apple Pro Training Series book entitled Motion 4 Quick-Reference Guide. He is also the co-author of the Apple Pro Training Series book entitled Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Studio 2. For more about Jem and his whereabouts visit

Skipp Sudduth:
A well-known actor and director, Skipp Sudduth brings years of television and film experience to The Filmmaker's Intensive. Skipp has acted in films including Flawless, Clockers, Money Train and My Little Happiness and television shows including Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, and Oz. Skipp has directed many episodic television shows including ER, Third Watch, and CSI: NY.

Giuseppe Malpasso:
Giuseppe began his career as a filmmaker in 1990 in Rome and now lives and works in New York. He has been working with major Italian broadcasting networks such as: RAI (the biggest television company in Italy), Mediaset, Sky Italia, LA7, and MTV (Italy). When he moved to New York, he began working with international broadcasting networks such as: RTL ( Europe's largest TV-based network in Germany), MTV (England), National Geographic International, TSI (Switzerland) Seven Network (Australia), and TVNZ (New Zealand). In 2008, he covered much of the presidential campaign in America.

About theC47:
theC47 is an online and offline resource for production-based training and information. More specifically, theC47 produces and provides educational content that focuses on the craft of both video production and filmmaking. As an "education only" brand, theC47 is solely focused on this purpose. To find out more about theC47, visit

Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing cutting-edge instruction on Apple, Adobe and Avid platforms. In 2011 Mewshop added Avid Pro Tools, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk Smoke and ASSIMILATE SCRATCH training to its already impressive curriculum. Mewshop's signature Six-Week Intensive is a jump-start for anyone looking for a career in post-production, while weekend and one-week courses introduce and solidify core-editing concepts. Corporate and group training offers a customized curriculum, either in-house or on-site, for professionals eager to learn a new skill or to build on existing ones. The facility's focus on small workshops, highly skilled and certified faculty, and a results-oriented curriculum, have quickly won it the reputation as New York's premier post-production teaching facility. For more information on Manhattan Edit Workshop, please visit our website. Copyright (C) 2012 Manhattan Edit Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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