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Film School in a Week

Film School in a Week (Online Short Course)

London College of Communication
Taught by
Abdul Rufai


Covering ideas generation, pre-production, shooting and post-production this course is designed for aspiring feature and documentary filmmakers.
Using a DSLR camera to illuminate the process, you will write, direct and edit a film. You’ll learn the visual language of filmmaking, camera settings, lighting control, framing, and getting to grips with technical equipment and editing software, enabling you to tell a story through film
You’ll work in a group, taking a variety of different roles to create a film you can use to apply for further study or work opportunities in the film industry.

At the end of the course there will be the opportunity to screen your film to friends and family. An opportunity to network, socialise and build contacts.

Watch films made by our previous students

Topics Covered

  • Ideas generation
  • Storytelling: Cast, Character and Script
  • Documentary story treatments
  • Introduction to equipment
  • Pre-production planning
  • Shooting on location
  • Editing (Adobe Premiere software)
  • Screening and group discussion

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Understand the visual language of filmmaking
  • Write a short script or documentary story treatment
  • Produce and edit a short scripted or documentary film
  • Present your work and your personal filmmaking “manifesto”

Who Should Attend
This course has been designed for people who want to know more about the film industry and filmmaking as a profession. It is perfect for you if you want to apply for further study in filmmaking, or are exploring a career in production, directing or editing.

Beginner: You do not need any previous experience but you should bring with you an idea for a film you would like to make. Please be informed that mirrorless cameras will be explained, but not the main focus on how to use a camera. The demonstration model of camera used on the course will be a Canon DSLR.

Follow Up Courses
If you want to learn how to create content for the web, you may be interested in Mobile Filmmaking.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page or view Mizuho Bank, UK: Film and Moving Image Training case study.

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Abdul Rufai is film maker specialised in the art of cinematography, working with clients such as Paul Smith, VOGUE, i-D Magazine, NOWNESS and others.

Educated at the Arts University of Bournemouth, under the training and tutelage of Witold Stok(BSC)

He is also an educator. Having worked with the Prince's Trust, BBC Blast, Eventful Workshops, The Accra Street Academy and now as an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communications | University of the Arts London

His longest working relationship has been with director/fashion photographer George Harvey.

Mentored by Simon Foxton, his research interests and self made work focuses and revolves around the idea of cultural - political norms and subverting those ideas, as well as; focusing stories and narratives on sexuality and QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) folk and centring those narratives.

Please view more of his work from the links provided.

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