Message From Director

Welcome to Marist College and our Pre-College Summer Institute in Digital Movie Making. Here, over an exciting and intensive two-week period, you will be immersed in the movie making process – from pre-production through post-production. You will work as a team with other students and with experts in both the technical and creative aspects of movie making to write and produce a short narrative movie in the style and using the methods of professionals in the entertainment industry.

Marist full time faculty and audio/video technical staff will train you in the crafts of story development and scriptwriting, lighting and cinematography, directing, acting, art design, costume and make-up, and nonlinear digital editing. You will have the opportunity to explore your creative interests and develop technical skills as you work in various traditional roles throughout the creative process of bringing ideas to the screen. You will edit your project in industry-standard Avid nonlinear editing suites, guided by an Avid Certified Instructor. As you earn college credits and gain invaluable experience working with your peers under the guidance of experienced of knowledgeable faculty and staff, you will also be creating a polished final project that you can add to your creative digital portfolio.

While living on Marist’s scenic Hudson River campus, you will have access to division one athletic facilities and state of the art technological resources. A movie-themed field trip to New York City will be included in the two-week program. Please join us for an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Josh Robbins received his BA in Film Production from Hunter College, CUNY, and his MFA in Writing for Cinema and Television from the University of Southern California, where he received departmental honors and won the 2004 Jack Nicholson Award for best screenplay.

Robbins has worked in the entertainment industry in pre-production as a script reader, in production as a script supervisor, and in post-production as an assistant editor.

At Marist college, Robbins teaches classes in screenwriting, film aesthetics, and video production.

He has written six feature film screenplays and two television spec scripts. His most recent script, "I'm Not Down," won first prize in both the Woods Hole and Landlocked Film Festivals' screenplay competitions. He has presented papers on screenwriting and story structure for movies at conferences of the University Film and Video Association.