"I have taught film classes and workshops for more than 20 years. The FITP was the best experience of my professional filmmaking career. Everyone involved with the program, the other instructors, and especially the trainees were totally dedicated to the program. My camera students were serious about their training and worked hard from beginning to end."

David E. Elkins
2008-2009 Camera Instructor
Author: The Camera Assistant's Manual
IATSE Local 600
Old Saybrook


WEEK 1: Production Overview

The first week of the FITP, presented in classroom format, provides a detailed introduction to motion picture and episodic television production and a comprehensive overview of the movie-making process. Each day of this week features two daily introductory seminars focused on each of the production departments and places an emphasis on interactions and communication between these departments. Guest lecturers will speak regarding disciplines and crafts not included in the general curriculum.

Each Week 1 half-day seminar is led by the same instructor who will teach the concentrated class during later weeks. Each course description will vary somewhat according to the instructor's teaching style and content preferences. In most cases, trainees will elect to stay with their initial course selection. At the end of Week 1, there is a limited opportunity to switch to an alternate course.

Week 2: Concentrated Training

During the second week, FITP trainees will pursue their selected area of concentration, participating in intensive, hands-on training in the classroom, studio and on location. The assistant direction, production office coordination and script supervision courses will plan and organize the upcoming production. The location management course will scout locations. The lighting & grip, camera, sound, props and set dressing, and wardrobe courses will be introduced to production equipment and receive extended practice in set techniques. Repeated hands-on experience will be emphasized. Guest lecturers will speak regarding disciplines and crafts not included in the general curriculum, and related courses will meet together to explore the importance of interdepartmental communications.

Week 3: Pre-Production

Final organization, scheduling planning, takes place throughout Week 3. All elements of the upcoming production are put on paper and communicated with the entire crew. Led by the assistant director instructor, a production meeting will take place. Held a few days prior to commencing the shoot, this critical meeting is where all departments come together with questions and comments for the director. The script will be reviewed line by line to assure that all elements are in place to begin the shoot. Guest lecturers will again speak regarding disciplines and crafts not included in the general curriculum.

Week 4: Production

During the last week of the program, each campus will carry out a five-day film shoot of a short narrative script. Led by an experienced DGA director for the full week, with each course instructor serving as a department head, all FITP trainees will work together to produce, manage and coordinate this weeklong effort. Trainees will get first-hand experience in each of the disciplines offered during the program, using the latest professional equipment and technology. After wrap of the shoot and the FITP program, the footage will be edited and mixed into a finished project, with DVD copies distributed to all trainees.

All course descriptions and curriculum detail herein are subject to change. Instructors may present course content in different sequence and/or otherwise vary course content and structure according to their wishes. Specific classes may or may not be taught on all campuses, and may be consolidated and/or eliminated due to demands of attendance, staffing, equipment, facilities, and/or space. 

All applications for the Summer Film Industry Training Program must be submitted electronically.  An announcement will likely be made after January, 2013.  Please consult this website page again at that time.

Quinnipiac University