Film School in a Week Online Short Course
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.
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.
All our Online Short Courses include:
- Live online lessons with the same tutors
- The same course content and learning outcomes
- Lesson recordings, for review
- Access to VLE with course content
- Forums for support
- 2 weeks online access
- Certificate upon completion
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.
Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.
Online short course materials
To take part in the Online sessions you will need:
- An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
- Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
- Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net
Please bring for the first session
- DSLR camera with HD Filming capabilities. eg: from the Canon 550D, released in 2008 - to the most recent canon release. (The tutor will be working with Canon DSLR cameras for demonstration on the course, but any other DSLR camera brand with HD Filming capabilities would be sufficient, eg: Nikon, Panasonic Lumix, etc).
- Spare batteries and battery charger for your Camera.
- Lenses for your Camera. Standard Zoom Kit lens is sufficient to learn the basics.
- SD Card a speed of with Class 10, U1 or 90MB/s.
- SD Card should be 32GB or larger.
- Pen, Pencil, Notebook.
- Adobe Premiere Pro on Apple Mac OS. (The tutor will be working with Apple Mac OS and Adobe Premiere Pro on Apple Mac OS for demonstration on the course.)
- Portable Hard Drive USB Harddrive of at least 250GB.
- Laptop with fast enough capability. see chart attached. Or see the link.
- Tripod, LED Lights, etc would be great, but are not essential.
- Sound equipment would be great, but is not essential.
- Camera: DSLR Camera eg: Canon DSLR range
- Tripod: Manfrotto Befree live compact and lightweight fluid video head MVH400AH or equivalent (sufficient for the weight of small DSLR cameras). If you require support for heavier cameras, find a tripod that is bigger and sturdier - check out the manfrotto 055 and fluid video head MVH502AH or equivalent.
- Lighting: Aputure MC, Aputure Amaran 100X or equivalent
- Sound: Zoom H4N, Rode VideoMic Micro, etc or equivalent
- 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
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”
Meet the Tutor:
Film School in a Week Online Short Course is an intensive, practical introduction to the practice of filmmaking. Covering pre-production, character development and editing youll finish the week with a short film for your portfolio.