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35mm Visual Storytelling at FAMU - Prague

Be a Master of Film. Learn 35MM in the Czech Republic.

Carry out the vision for your story in a city whose cinematic history stretches back to the early days of the art form itself. From the late 1800s, when the first Czech films were made in the region of Bohemia, through the political struggles of the 1960s that spawned the Czech New Wave, the film heritage of this country will give you a rich tapestry of material to draw from.

"You gotta be ready to work. It's a work program. You're there to make a movie, you're there to learn film. It's very much a 9:00 to 9:00 kind of schedule. On the weekends you're planning your movie. So it's pretty grueling, but it's the most enriching kind of program that's here. And I honestly think that this is the best program that NYU has."

          — Miko Reyes, 35mm Visual Storytelling
at FAMU - Prague, fall 2016

Program Overview

The Tisch School of the Arts and NYU Prague offer this program in collaboration with one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious film schools, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU). FAMU is an independent academy which focuses on audio and visual media. Their alumni include Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains), Milos Forman (Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Agnieszkha Holland (Europa Europa). The FAMU faculty are active members of the Czech filmmaking community (including established cinematographers, directors, editors, scholars, and writers).  Under their expert guidance, you will have the opportunity to branch out and study filmmaking from an entirely different tradition and culture. Most of the props and costumes for your film are available through Barrandov Studios, one of the largest and oldest film studios in Europe.

The 35mm Visual Storytelling Program offers the aspiring director the opportunity to study the traditions, technology, theory and practice of 35mm sync-sound film production techniques and storytelling. Students will direct one short 35mm film project and work as the director of photography on another. While shooting on 35mm film is the unique experience of this program, we must stress this is a 35mm writing/directing track with a cinematography component. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a supervised color correction telecine session when their original 35mm negative is transferred and color corrected. The allotment for this program consists of: camera package, film rolls and post-production services, as well as actors, production manager, camera assistants, location, props and costumes. Please note, itemized film budgeting is not a part of this curriculum.

Students on this program will round out their curricula experience with a Humanities and History and Criticism course at NYU Prague.


Your semester abroad consists of three core production courses delivered by FAMU and two additional companion courses delivered by NYU Prague, completing a full-time, semester.

Intermediate Production: 35mm Cinematography

IFMTV-UT 1202 | 4 units | Instructor: Michael Gahut

Focusing on the techniques and aesthetics of 35mm cinematography, students are trained for hands-on camera operating, exterior and studio lighting design, exponometry, and color correction, as well as mise-en-scène and the fundamentals of cinematic language. Through this course students will engage in 16mm exercises and 35mm exercises. This course is coordinated with Directing Traditions for the production of individual, 35mm narrative film projects and includes lectures, workshops, consultations, and on-the-set supervision.

This course is offered by FAMU.

Directing Traditions: Theories and Workshops

IFMTV-UT 1201 | 2 units | Instructor: Giovanni Robbiano

Students receive hands-on training in 16mm and 35mm filmmaking both as director and as director of photography on two separate (interior and exterior) individual projects. Using Intermediate Production as a conduit, this course includes workshops and theoretical seminars in screenwriting, directing, and editing and a weekly series of master classes. Rushes are screened with intensive faculty critique sessions, and students finish with a final off-line group edit. Each student completes a 35mm film with synchronous sound that may be submitted to various film festivals.

This course is offered by FAMU.

Screenwriting and Analysis

IDWPG-UT 1058 | 4 units | Instructors: Giovanni Robbiano and Pavel Marek

This course primarily prepares students for the production of their short narrative films. It explores feature-length and short films from a dramaturgical perspective to demonstrate diverse narrative techniques, dramatic structures, and genre forms as well as examines the craft of screenwriting. Aside from weekly lectures on script analysis, students prepare regular assignments. The course culminates with a production-ready short screenplay and final test in feature film analysis.

This course is offered by FAMU.

Elementary Czech I

RUSSN-UA 9201 | 4 units | Instructor: NYU Prague Faculty

Students work on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary enrichment. Emphasis is placed on developing and enhancing listening, comprehension and oral skills. Additional hours are offered to improve pronunciation. Written and oral examinations required.

Central European Film

SASEM-UG 9403 | 4 units | Instructor: Ivana Doležalová

This interdisciplinary seminar is designed to discuss and question the identity of specific nations in European space, which has always been a fascinating crossroad of ideas and ideologies as well as the birthplace of wars and totalitarian systems. The course will cover masterpieces of Russian, Hungarian, German, Polish and Czech cinematography, focusing on several crucial periods of history, in particular WWII and its aftermath, showing moral dilemmas of individuals and nations under the Nazi regime as well as revealing the bitter truth of the Stalinist years. Students will be exposed to brilliant and often controversial works of film art focusing on moral dilemmas of individuals under the stressful times of history. Participants of this course will thus map the European space through the means of film trying to analyze the individual approach to historical events while getting a general picture of Europe in its crucial periods of history - and last but not least learn to appreciate European film art.

This course is offered by NYU Prague.

Program Dates

Fall 2017

Student Arrival: Saturday, August 19, 2017 (not earlier)
Student Departure: Friday, December 15, 2017

Spring 2018

Student Arrival: Saturday, January 20, 2018 (not earlier) 
Student Departure: Friday, May 18, 2018

35mm Filmmaking in Prague



Film/TV majors: Sight & Sound Filmmaking and one more Sight & Sound of your choice, Production Safety & Set Protocol (FMTV-UT 101)
For Tisch Film majors in the cinematography concentration: It is suggested that you participate in Prague after taking Camera I.

NYU and Visiting students: Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking (OART-UT 560) and Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking II (OART-UT 561) or college level experience in film production.


Spring 2018: The application for spring 2018 is now closed.

For more information please view our Admissions Calendar.

Application: Please read the following admissions information before starting your application.


  • Academic Year 2017-2018 Full-time Tuition, 12-18 unit flat rate per term: $26,451

Additional Fees Include:

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Visit the Office of Global Programs for additional study abroad costs.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

There are opportunities for financial assistance to study abroad.

Please review the Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad page for more information.


Visit the NYU Prague website for housing options and descriptions.

Alana Bonilla Talks About 35MM Filmmaking in Prague