Learn the art and science of filmmaking at the NSLC Film Intensive.

This 18-day film intensive is designed to take students from script to screen and everything in-between. Using the standard three-act Hollywood movie structure, students learn how to transform their ideas and stories into short-form fiction screenplays and then professionally produce, shoot and edit their films with state-of-the-art film and digital production equipment.

Program Highlights

Discover your filming style
Industry professionals guide you through hands-on workshops that help you develop your own unique approach to the filmmaking process.

Create a film
Collaborate with your team to professionally produce, shoot, and edit an original short film that will be showcased to your peers.

Learn skills from pre to post production
Workshops in storyboarding, cinematic storytelling, Foley sound effects, and camera angles help you translate your creativity to the screen.

Marketing your movie
Analyze well-known movie posters and trailers to discover the best ways to effectively engage audiences with your project.

Interactive Coursework

Partnered with American University’s School of Communication, the NSLC provides a unique opportunity to spend eighteen days working in real classrooms, labs, and in the field. You will work closely with professors in AU’s School of Communication and experience college-level film studies and media arts classes.

During the program each student will work with a small team to produce a short film. Along with AU faculty, students will be mentored by undergraduates and graduates in film studies programs.

During their class and film project, students will:

  • Experience the filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production
  • Have access to professional equipment and editing software
  • Learn story arc and three act structure
  • Learn the art of the film critique
  • Bring your film to life through the use of scripting, story boarding, and shot lists
  • Practice directing and acting for the camera
  • Learn about careers in sound and lighting
  • Learn to transfer new skills to smart phone filming

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC Film Intensive, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the filmmaking community.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Mr. Robert Askins

Ms. Sarah McCammon
National Correspondent, National Public Radio

Mr. Matthew Reyes
Creative Video Producer, Gizmodo Media Group

Mr. Paul Smithyman
Production Manager, Lincoln Center Theater

Mr. Chip Somodevilla
Staff Photographer, Getty Images

Ms. Rachel Karpf

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of filmmaking.

These trips may include:

University of California, Los Angeles

Dolby Theater | Warner Brothers Studio Tour | Academy Museum | Hollywood Walk of Fame | Santa Monica Pier

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the International Business program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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Los Angeles$6,495