The Filmmaker's Intensive 2015 (TFMI), is a one week program that was designed for a select number of people (up to 20), who want to learn the craft of lighting & shooting for narrative & documentary filmmaking. 

TFMI is an immersive environment. Students learn and work together. It is truly a unique learning experience which will prepare you for shooting in the real world & your further education in this field.


Hendersonville, NC

This year we have chosen Flat Rock Playhouse - The State Theatre of North Carolina as the home for TFMI. Probably one of the most beautiful and ideal environments for learning the craft of filmmaking and the area where such films as The Hunger Games, The Last of the Mohicans, Cold Mountain, Dirty Dancing and Forest Gump were shot.


The 2015 Filmmaker's Intensive includes workshops and on-location sessions that are primarily focused on learning to light & shoot for projects (the skills learned can directly be applied to narrative, documentary, corporate and commercial projects).

Each class has been thought out as a progression so that you can get the most out of the program.

Please click on the schedule below to see a larger version of the 2015 schedule.

Additionally, this particular intensive is focused on learning to effectively approach different types of production. It is not designed to be a 48 film contest or a filmmaking exercise where the final result is an edited piece to screen to other students. This particular intensive is focused on craft and helping you get better at lighting and shooting in different scenarios (interiors, exteriors, day, night, etc.). It will also focus on pre-production (the planning stage), working with actors and talent in your productions and going from production to post (with focus on shooting for the edit stage of your projects).


We understand that the program requires a commitment in terms of time, energy and finances. As a result, we have worked hard to make this unique program as rewarding and financially feasible as possible. We have instructors and students come from all over the world and have designed the program to be as immersive as possible. It's not a program for the faint of heart. Come prepared to learn & then do! Focus will be on learning for application. No tests here. Just getting your hands dirty and getting better at your craft.

Please ask us questions that you have about the program by using the contact form on this site or if you are ready to apply, click here to fill out the application form

We only have 20 spots for this year's program and that's it. Applying, being accepted and registering early will ensure your spot in the program. We also only run The Filmmaker's Intensive once a year so the next program won't take place until 2016.


The total cost for The Filmmaker's Intensive 2015 is $1,500 USD (with a 20% early bird discount if you sign up by June 1st, 2015), which includes all classes, instruction and crafty each day (coffee, tea and snacks). You are responsible for all meals, accommodations and your transportation to and from the program. We have arranged for special rates at local hotels if you are coming from out of town or abroad. We can also recommend airports to arrive in (Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC), and make suggestions in terms of car hire/rental.














Prior filmmaking experience is not required to be accepted into TFMI but some prior, basic production skills will be necessary to help you get the most out of the program. You will also be encouraged to bring your own large sensor, interchangeable lens system camera. HD-DSLRs and large sensor mirrorless cameras from Canon, Sony, Panasonic & Nikon & the newer crop of smaller format, digital cinema cameras are ideal tools to learn the language of cinematography. 


This environment is a thrilling and totally unique place to work with colleagues, share ideas and master new skills.

We're looking forward to your application and seeing you there!