The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) Media Workshops take place in the evenings and on weekends on the UT Austin campus. These workshops are designed for adult learners; mature teens are also welcome. If you are interested in summer classes for teenagers, please explore RTF's exciting array of summer day camps.
Note: Current UT students interested in learning filmmaking are encouraged to enroll in the RTF 318, Intro to Image and Sound (Intro to Filmmaking) summer course, and not in the film production workshop.
*UT employees may qualify for additional discounts.
Narrative Film Production Workshop
This course covers the basics of all facets of narrative fiction filmmaking. Graduates of the Film Production Workshop have a working comprehension of preproduction, production, and postproduction. This includes, but is not limited to, screenwriting, professional digital camera operation, lighting, sound recording, directing actors, editing, and mastering. Each graduate leaves the program with the experience of working with a small crew to produce two narrative fiction short films.
Dates: 7/9-8/9. Meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00-10:00 pm); workshop on Sat Jul 20, 9a-5p; Final screening on Fri Aug 9, 7pm.
Do you have a great idea for a feature film? Many have great ideas; only few craft them into screenplays. In this workshop, learn screenwriting fundamentals as you develop your idea from pitch to outline to screenplay. While no previous screenwriting experience is required, you should come to the workshop with ideas for feature films, TV pilots, short films, or web series. Having completed a college English course is recommended.
Dates: 6/19–7/27. Meets twice a week: Wednesdays (6:30-9:30 pm) and Saturdays (9 am-12 pm); no classes July 3, July 6.
Documentary Production Workshop
Documentary film is a process of curiosity, discovery, and storytelling. In this workshop, we will explore the many different types of documentaries and build the basic technical skills to create successful nonfiction films, including selecting compelling topics based on available resources, pre-production, lighting, sound recording, cinematography, interviewing, finding the story, and editing. Over the course of the workshop, participants will each create their own short documentaries (max 10-12 min) and will leave the course with the skills and experience to make many more.
Dates: Meets 12 times, from June 10–July 19.
WEEK 1 (2x): 10-Jun, Mon (6-10 pm); 12-Jun, Wed (6-10 pm)
WEEK 2 (3x): 17-Jun, Mon (6-10 pm); 19-Jun, Wed (6-10 pm); 22-Jun, Sat (9 am-5 pm)
WEEK 3 (2x): 24-Jun, Mon (6-10 pm); 26-Jun, Wed (6-10 pm)
WEEK 4 (1x): 29-Jun, Sat (9 am-5 pm)
[No class for holiday week]
WEEK 5 (1x): 8-Jul, Mon (6-10 pm)
WEEK 6 (3x): 15-Jul, Mon (6-10 pm); 17-Jul, Wed (6-10 pm); 19-Jul, Fri (7 -10 pm) -- Final Screening
Editing Workshop: Digital Storytelling with DaVinci Resolve
Do you have personal footage in VHS or mini DV formats, or maybe video from your friends' wedding or a big adventure trip you shot on your iPad, but you didn’t know how to edit the material into a story? This editing workshop is designed for anyone who wants to tell his or her own digital story using pre-existing material. Bring digital footage in whatever format you have or use material provided by the workshop and have fun learning to use DaVinci Resolve to craft your own self-portrait, family movie, documentary, personal essay, music video, etc. In addition to assembling the material into a coherent narrative, you’ll learn to do a basic sound mix, perform some color correction, and add titles to your project. Turn your material into a digital story and gain editing skills for future digital projects.
Dates: Meets four days over two weekends, 7/13, 7/14 and 7/20, 7/21, 9 am - 5 pm each day.