Advanced Filmmaking Workshop JULY 2020 - Modesto, CA

Advanced Filmmaking Workshop JULY 2020 - Modesto, CA

400.00 450.00

July 13-24, 2020!


Already complete the Filmmaker Boot Camp or you’re a young filmmaker who already has the basics down? Then it sounds like you’re ready for the next level. This is the Advanced Filmmaking Workshop.

Now that you know how to use a camera to tell a visual story, it’s time to learn how to write a story with good characters, how to pace your edit, and how to talk about your film to an audience.

In this whirlwind 2 week workshop, you and your crew will write, shoot, and edit your film with guidance from a professional filmmaker. You’ll learn how to do your specific job well and how that contributes to the overall success of the team. The skills you learn here aren’t just for filmmaking, the teamwork and communication skills you learn here translate to almost any career.

What We Do

The Advanced Workshop picks up where the Boot Camp leaves off. Over the course of 10 days (2 weeks) students will have their creativity challenged as they learn how to analyze films, apply what they learned to their own original short scripts, film their shorts, and edit everything from rough cut to color correction. This workshop is not for the faint of heart. We work as fast as a professional film set.

Students will learn how to develop their stories into scripts and then pitch them to their fellow students. The top three scripts will be produced into full-fledged short films by the student crews themselves.

On-set, filmmakers will learn the deeper responsibilities of each job. Afterwards, they’ll use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit picture to sound, color correct, and add motion graphics to their final films.

Students will be expected to step out of their comfort zone as they learn public speaking skills that are necessary for a filmmaker to introduce and discuss their films to a crowd. Those skills are then put the test at the Grand Finale event where Advanced students will introduce their short films and give a short Q&A panel to the audience.

Do You Qualify?

This workshop is designed for young filmmakers with prior experience. Those who have completed the Filmmaker Boot Camp are accepted automatically. Those who wish to skip the Boot Camp may do so if they submit their demo reel or short film they made for approval. We insist that you have prior experience because we start with advanced concepts and don’t cover the basics. This workshop moves fast and we expect our students to move at the same pace.

The ADV Workshop is July 13-24, meaning, if your students wants to, they can sign up for the Filmmaker Boot Camp the week prior and automatically get approved when they apply for the ADV Workshop.


Veterans of the Boot Camp will be familiar with the equipment we are using with the addition of new tools including the Zoom H4n audio recorder, pro level microphones, LED light panels, and an electronic camera stabilizer- the most cutting edge piece of equipment to hit the filmmaking industry. We chose equipment that is powerful and affordable for most students to be able to save up and buy themselves. The main tool the students learn with is the Panasonic Lumix G7 4k Mirrorless Camera. Students will be editing using Adobe Premiere Pro, one of the standards of the film industry.

As always, students only need to bring a notebook, pen, and passion.

When and Where

The Adv Workshop is held at the State Theatre of Modesto beginning Monday July 13 through Friday, July 24. Students have the weekend off.

Each day starts at 8am and ends at 12pm.

Parents/Guardians should plan to pick up their students between 12-12:30pm.

The workshop ends with a Premiere of the short films at the State Theatre of Modesto on Saturday, July 25th. All students are encouraged to bring their friends and families to see their work come to life.

Your Instructor

You will be guided through the workshop by an experienced filmmaker and Modesto local, Andrew Wong.

Andrew is the creator of the Filmmaker Boot Camp, the Modesto 48 Film Competition, and Re:Told Productions. For the past 10 years he has filmed dozens of short films, music videos, and promotional videos. In 2013 he directed a short that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and in 2015 filmed and edited a short documentary that won the AT&T Student Filmmaker Award at CAAM Film Fest 2017. He has two years of film education under his belt teaching elementary and high school students in the Bay Area with the Latino Film Institute and the California Film Institute. "My teachers gave me the knowledge and inspiration to succeed, now I want to give those same qualities to the next generation of young filmmakers."

Refund Policy

Find out you’re going on vacation and want to remove your student from the program? That’s totally fine! We ask that students attend all days of the workshop. Please let us know if your student cannot attend all days of the workshop and we will issue a refund if the request is made before the refund deadline.

A refund will be issued if the cancellation is made more than 1 week prior to the first day of the workshop. Final day to request a refund for this workshop is July 8th. A small processing fee will be applied. Cancellations after July 8th, a refund will not be issued.


Thank you for your interest in the ADV Workshop! We’re sorry to see that we sold out before you could get in. If you sign up for the wait list, we will let you know if another student cancels and you can take their spot. There is no fee for being on the waitlist, you only pay if you get into the ADV Workshop. Email me at with the subject line: WAITLIST ADV Workshop: (Student Name). Tell me the name of the student, high school currently attending, and parent/guardian name. I’ll email you back telling you your number in line.

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