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Film School in a Week Short Course

Course description

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.

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methodologies will be explained or demonstrated
  • We also offer learning resources for you to access outside of the classroom

All our on campus courses include:

  • Networking opportunities and the chance to share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access to the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Access to our college shops for any materials you might need
  • The chance to ask questions to your tutor in real time
  • Feedback and critique on your assignments
  • The opportunity to experience the many sights of London on your down time

All our online short courses include:

  • Live and interactive online lessons with classmates from around the world
  • The same course content and learning outcomes as our face to face courses 
  • Lesson recordings, for review, so you never have to miss a class 
  • Access to the virtual learning environment with course content 
  • Forums for support 
  • 2 weeks online access to the recordings of the live classroom sessions 
  • The opportunity to ask questions to your tutor in real time 

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it! 
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.  
  • However we always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!  
  • Certificates are a great addition to your CV. 

Available dates

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Make an enquiry or call us on 0207 514 7015.


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


On campus materials:

  • 4 AA batteries
  • Headphones, with a standard mini jack connection (3.5mm).

Online 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)
  • Webcam
  • 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 -

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.

Equipment recommendation:

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Covering ideas generation, pre-production, shooting and post-production this course is designed for aspiring feature and documentary filmmakers.

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