Alfred Hitchcock knew that effective horror requires timing, patience, and an absolutely terrifying silhouette. Learn from the masters with today’s Groupon: for $75, you get two weeks of scary film directing classes at the International Academy of Film and Television on Westwood Boulevard (a $300 value). All students are required to use their own equipment.
The International Academy of Film and Television molds the raw talent of fledgling filmmakers with hands-on learning techniques and healthy competition. Art of the Scream steers future Wes Cravens and Uwe Bolls onto the blood-red carpet in a two-week horror filmmaking course that teaches jolting scare tactics and tension-ratcheting techniques without resorting to cheap shocks like having violins jump out of cupboards. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on May 15, industry veteran Lewis Teague dissects the skeleton of cinematic suspense, engrossing students in the sharply honed craft of shriek extraction. After learning the gallows ropes, slaughter auteurs get to exercise their newfound thriller skills by shooting their own 30-second to three-minute scary scene for competition. The May 22 class reconvenes from 9:30 a.m. to noon for assignment advice, discussions, and Q&A to help students get their chiller reels ready before the May 31 submission deadline. Five winners will be chosen based on talent, creativity, mastery of theory, or the ability to elicit jumps with a chainsaw-wielding toaster.
On June 5, each mini macabre will be showcased on the giant screen of the glamorously preserved Bigfoot Crest Theater in Westwood during the Art of the Scream Film Forum. The winner from the top five also gets to see his scene screened at the Spirits in the Dark: Horror at the Crest festival this summer, plus a chance to spend two hours giving butterfly kisses to Stephen King.
International Academy of Film and Television
With schools on the shores of the United States, China, and the Philippines, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) works to nurture the next generation of Hollywood’s elite. The academy's hands-on training, one-on-one attention, quality gear, and focus on all aspects of the craft, from writing to directing to performing, have earned it praise from the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Best Film Schools in the World. To put these means to use, IAFT hosts programs that can lead to certification or a diploma, as well as workshops that sharpen skills or introduce beginners to the world of the silver screen.
Yet for a student few things are more important than having a stolen answer key to their finals and an influential mentor. So IAFT stocks their faculty with experienced professionals such as Frederick Bailey. Bailey has directed more than 100 stage plays in theaters across the United States and has seen more than 20 of his screenplays become movies. He also holds a recurring role on the television soap Days of Our Lives and has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting in Japan and the Philippines.