The Merge Summit Extension Program

 

introduction to television & film

The world of television and film entertainment is an onion with unlimited layers. This module will provide a brief overview of some of the key elements and processes of developing an original idea into a screenplay, script, or treatment, and continuing development through to final studio/network delivery. Students will have guided development through their own project throughout the course.

Course Price — $1000 (10% discount for 2 courses or more)


Entertainment & artistry

The genre of entertainment is no longer linear and confined to small stages and screens. Today entertainers can be found in every field, from music to film to television to theater to wrestling and tennis. Still, there remains a differentiation between entertainment and artistry. This course will provide an in-depth study on building amazing careers in entertainment, expanding on the general industry knowledge of students interested in professional performance-based careers in music, television or film. Students will expand their knowledge on honing their craft, finding and building a lucrative management team, understanding “the business” and the changing standards of Hollywood, and continue to chart their own success plans. Through class readings, class collaboration, discussion and lectures from leading entrepreneurs in the music business, you will leave with an expanded view of how to visualize and establish a foundation for a career in the music industry, gain strategies to help you move closer towards your goals, and turn your passion into a money-making business.

Course Price — $1000 (10% discount for 2 courses or more)


The independent way

From script to screen, studio to airway, and treatment to series, the worlds of film and music have shifted. There is more room today for you to chart your own pathway than ever. You must learn how to navigate The Independent Way! This module explores the avenues artists and content makers have to take in order to chart their own paths in film and music. Aspiring filmmakers will learn about the innovative ways independent filmmakers are creating business models outside the studio system's tangle of finance and distribution. Aspiring artists will study success models of some of today’s and yesterday's biggest artists who have proven that indie can still be major. Students will study independent distribution channels, hear from professionals that have found success in independent commerce, and other moguls and content giants.

Course Price — $1000 (10% discount for 2 courses or more)


Entertainment forward

If you are not in front of the trends, you are behind them. Learn how to stay ahead of the curve and remain relevant in an ever-evolving social culture. This module is an introduction to mediums, platforms, and formats of artistic expression that are constantly evolving in the digital space. During the tenure of this course, students will do intense studies on industry trends, budding new media, and the projected growth of generations in consumer marketing, digital financing and more. Industry experts will share their insights and experiential knowledge to help students master navigating the social and digital worlds for themselves.

Course Price — $1000 (10% discount for 2 courses or more)