N.Y. school adds masters in short film

Program to launch in fall 2010

Beginning in fall 2010, the School of Visual Arts in New York City will offer a Master of Professional Studies in Live Action Short Film, a one-year degree program featuring an intensive studio-based approach to short, narrative film production. The program will be chaired by TV and film director and longtime SVA faculty member Bob Giraldi.

"Many established and successful directors, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, first began by making short films--it served as a way for them to hone their craft and gain entrance into the industry," Giraldi said. "The short film is a vehicle for experimentation with new technologies and offers a freedom of ideas that cannot easily be realized in a longer format. Digital media and editing equipment have made the genre an accessible, economical way for filmmakers to articulate ideas that might otherwise be deemed too challenging or untenable."

The program will culminate in a thesis-based short film festival at the SVA Theatre in New York City.

Faculty members will include: Patrick Burns, Jr., editor and director; Jon Kane, editor, director and visual designer; Frederick Kaufman, author; David Nugent, director of programming, Newport International Film Festival and programming consultant, Hamptons International Film Festival; Peter Repplier, assistant director, producer and director; Rajendra Roy, chief curator, Department of Film, the Museum of Modern Art; Amresh Sinha, filmmaker; and Alex Tanaka, screenwriter.

The MPS in Live Action Short Film is the fourth film program at SVA, which currently offers a BFA in Film and Video, an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media and an MFA in Social Documentary Film, in addition to more than 40 courses and workshops offered by the Division of Continuing Education.