Week 1: June 26 - July 1, 2017


Week 2: July 3 - July 8, 2017


Week 3: July 10 - July 15, 2017

Age Group: 13-19

Open to Day Students and Boarding Students


Daily Schedule

* applies to day students

schedule may occasionally be changed depending on individual shooting schedules – parents of day students will always get advance notice.

7.30 - 8.30                 Breakfast

8.30 - 10.00               Class*

10.00 – 10.30            Break*

10.30 – 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


Learn the art of filmmaking at one of New York's top boarding schools. Sign up for one week, two weeks or all three!!

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 learn-by-doing 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 youtube channel. Students can register for the entire 3 weeks or choose any one or two weeks of the program depending on their availability and specific areas of interest (the 1st week will primarily focus on screenwriting, the 2nd on filming, the 3rd – on editing). The enrollment is limited to 16 students for each session.

Meet the Summer Film School Director


Zhenya Kiperman

Program Director

M.F.A., Film, Columbia University
B.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia University

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.


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 two shooting scripts 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.


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. Healthy, delicious meals and snacks are served in beautiful Henderson Dining Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Registration is now open.

One Week

  • Instruction and all required materials
  • Lunch Included
  • Wifi

Two Weeks

  • Instruction and all required materials
  • Lunch Included
  • Wifi
  • Save $100 off the regular price

Three Weeks

  • Instruction and all required materials
  • Lunch Included
  • Wifi
  • Save $200 off the regular price

Room and Board Fee: $500 / week

Have questions?

Please, let us answer any questions you may have about the Summer Film School 2017. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Zhenya Kiperman

Director of Summer Film School


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