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SKS Summer Film School

Summer 2019 dates to be announced soon!

From Script to Screen and Everything in Between

Learn to write, direct, act, edit, produce, and present a short film in three weeks!

Week 1: Screenwriting

The opening week is dedicated to screenwriting. Students will learn all stages of the process including pitching and developing ideas, learning the basics of script formatting, and writing multiple drafts of the script. Excerpts from the produced scripts and films of high quality will be studied. By the end of the first week we will have at least one shooting script ready to go in production.

Week 2: Filming

The 2nd week is dedicated to filming our projects. The process will begin with completing the essentials of pre-production including casting, assembling a crew, scouting and choosing locations, devising shot lists and storyboards, and scheduling the shoot. All students will also learn how to operate basic video, audio and lighting equipment and the fundamentals of directing actors. During the shoot every student will have a chance to work in at least one key production position including directing, producing, acting, camera operation, and sound recording.

Week 3: Post Production

During the 3rd week we will edit our films. Students will learn the basics of video editing using Premiere Pro software, including picture/sound editing, creating titles, using effects, choosing music, and mixing sound. On the final Saturday students will present their work in the Walter Reed Jr. theater. The screening will include a small reception, and a presentation of the film, followed by a Q&A session with the film makers.

Learn the art of filmmaking at one of New York's top boarding schools

Summer Film School offers an intensive hands-on 3 week filmmaking workshop for high school students. Working in teams, the students will go through all stages of making their own short films from pitching/writing/revising the scripts to pre-production (casting, assembling a crew, scheduling, location scouting, devising shot lists and storyboards, etc.) to filming, editing and mixing their projects.

Taught by the award-winning filmmaker Zhenya Kiperman, this experiential project based 3 week workshop will give you more practical filmmaking skills than a full semester in a traditional classroom setting. The course concludes with a public screening of student work for the cast, crew, faculty, family and friends. The best films may also be submitted to international film festivals and featured on the Storm King School’s web site and media channels.

Students can register for the entire 3 weeks or choose any one or two weeks of the program depending on their availability or specific areas of interest. Students have the option to board at Storm King School for the duration of the program. Enrollment is limited to 16 students for each session.

Program Open to Boarding or Day Students Ages: 13 - 19

The film created during the 2017 Summer Film School has been selected for the New York Short Film Festival!

Read what the local press is saying!


Zhenya Kiperman is an award-winning filmmaker, author, film professor, and the founder of Kiperfilms, a production company that makes fictional and documentary films of various genres.

Mr. Kiperman has taught at NYU, New School, Fordham, St. John’s, Drexel, and Kutztown universities. In 2015 he joined the Storm King School where he serves as the Director of Film/Video Production.

Zhenya Kiperman

Program Director 

M.F.A. Film, Columbia University

B.A. Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Our scenic campus is located 55 miles north of New York City on the crest of majestic Storm King Mountain overlooking the Hudson River and surrounded by thousands of acres of protected forestland.

Classes take place in our modern, air-conditioned Digital Media Laboratory. Dormitory facilities are clean and comfortable. Healthy, delicious meals and snacks are served in the beautiful Henderson Dining Hall.

During the weekends boarding students may take the opportunity to relax on campus, access exercise facilities, hike Black Rock Forest, or visit the world famous Storm King Art Center. 

Boarding: Sunday June 24th - Saturday July 14th

Fee: $350 / week

Film Cover

Sample Daily Schedule

Please note, the schedule is subject to change based on the the needs of the program, particularly shooting schedules. Parents of day students will always receive advance notice.

  • 7:30 – 9:00         Breakfast
  • 9:00 - 10:30        Class
  • 10:30 – 11:00       Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00       Class
  • 12:00 – 1:30         Lunch/Break
  • 1:30 – 3:00          Class
  • 3:00 – 4:00         Break
  • 4:00 – 6:00         Recreation/Sports/Fun
  • 6:00 – 7:00         Dinner
  • 7:00 – 10:00        Free Time/Occasional Evening Film Shoots
  • 10:30                    Lights Out

Tuition & Fees

Register by April 1st and receive 10% off the program price

Three Weeks

  • Price with Boarding: $3,000
  • Materials & Instruction
  • Lunches
  • Breakfast & Dinner w/ Boarding
  • Campus Wide Wi-fi


Please, let us answer any questions you may have about the Storm King Film School. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Benjamin Harnick
Director of Summer Programs


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