Cinematographers Gold Program


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Imagine that you have a chance to shoot a short film with the guidance of professional cinematographers and filmmakers. IMAGINE being mentored by working cinematographers on short films, while under the watchful eye of Tony Spiridakis, who has directed Academy Award winning actors Timothy Hutton and Richard Dreyfuss. IMAGINE getting hands on experience with cameras, lens packages and lighting equipment while getting credit on multiple films as a First Assistant Camera. IMAGINE all of that culminating with you getting to be the cinematographer on your own film, and then watching your film screened in full HD at the Greenport Theater. Can you imagine all that? Well, we do more than imagine it. We will provide exactly that. We feel confident your two-week experience at MFI Summer Camp will be transformational. This program offering is for beginning cinematographers/students with background/education in cinematography looking to expand their on-set knowledge of film, camera work, and lighting.

    Cinematographer course offering:
    • Tutorials will teach basics in camera, sound & lighting, editing
    • The opportunity to shoot a film with an experienced MFI cinematographer
    • Work on upwards of 8 sets as 1st AC
    • Film behind-the-scenes, documentary style footage of the workings of MFI
    • Shadow an experienced cinematographer, pre-through-post production
    • Screen your film on the big screen at the Greenport Movie Theater
MFI cinematographers live at the Silver Sands in Greenport, New York (Hour and a half from NYC) This is a beautiful bay front motel and beach cottage resort with its own clubhouse, which will be the headquarters for our program, meals, and evening meetings. There is a pool, with over a quarter-mile of private sandy beach directly on Peconic Bay, with magnificent views of Shelter Island. Lodging will be age and gender appropriate with adult supervision and security. Classes take place at the historic Brecknock Hall, a beautiful, renovated estate house. This serves as home base for all our production needs: Shot listing, rehearsals, classes, seminars and post-production (editing, color-correction, etc) SCHEDULE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHERS, DIRECTORS & ACTORS
  • 8:00am–9:00pm: Breakfast:  Daily Announcements
  • 9:30am–12:30pm: Workshops/Cinematographers, Actors & Directors
  • 12:30-1:30 LUNCH
  • 1:30–5:00pm: Workshops/Cinematographers, Actors & Directors
  • 5:00-6:30pm: FREE TIME
  • 6:30–7:30pm: DINNER
  • 8–10pm: Screenings/Lectures/Rehearsals/Writing Sessions
  • 10–11pm: WIND DOWN
  • 11pm:  Lights out.
  • SCREEN OUR MFI FILMS at the Greenport movie theater/FINAL DAY
  • Students will be supervised with a ratio of 5 students per 1 adult. Counselors have studied with our faculty, none are younger than 21 years of age, all outstanding role models. Along with having a personal relationship to faculty prior to coming, counselors are chosen for their ability to help students and for their talent as filmmakers. This way, they not only provide a safe environment but also support the ongoing work. Course and screening offerings subject to change at owners discretion and based on faculty and guest artists availability. Refund Policy: Upon acceptance into our program a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Our staff will begin working on writing, casting and location scouting prior to program commencement. In the event that a student cannot attend after an initial deposit has been paid, MFI will attempt to find a replacement, but a refund will occur only in the event that a replacement is found.
    Silver Sands Motel
    1400 Silvermere Rd, Greenport, NY 11944
    Map of 1400 Silvermere Rd, Greenport, NY 11944
    • CINEMATOGRAPHERS: We choose cinematographers on ability and passion. (*Space is Limited)
    • July 2nd - July 16th, 2017 (2 Wk Program)
    • Tuition, room, all meals, all film equipment: $4,195
    • Faculty: Tony Spiridakis, Shannon Goldman