Duration: 10 days, 6 consecutive weekends - for four weekends the course runs on both days (Saturday and Sunday), and for two weekends on one day only (Saturday)
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Plus additional hours incl. evenings and weekends)
SAMPLE arrangement as follows:
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Curious about directing drama for the screen? Whether you’ve made a film before or not, this course is aimed at those wanting to explore the possibilities of the digital filmmaking age by shooting a film on a high end HD camera.
• Practical training by practising Film and TV industry professionals with a good tutor-to-student ratio
• Intensive introduction to all key filmmaking disciplines behind the camera
• Great opportunity to get hands-on with a high end HD camera
• Learn to team technical skills with visual communication and narrative storytelling
• Project work in pairs means you have an excellent chance of directing your own script
• Shoot your scene in the LFA studio with professional actors
• Experience the latest in digital acquisition by shooting your film in full HD with sync sound dialogue recording
• Work on several films in different crew roles to gain an amazing on-set experience
• An experienced editor guides you in editing your film in pairs in full HD-quality
• All films made on the course are screened in the LFA screening theatre with an after-course celebration
• All materials included in the course fees
• Certification and a DVD showreel on successful completion of the course
• Leave equipped with practical and theoretical skills and experience in preparation for further training or entry-level work in film & TV industry
• Gain enough experience to make your own films through ClubPanico@LFA
This multi-disciplinary course provides an overview of the whole process of shooting drama for the screen and offers an opportunity to shoot a high resolution short film on a high definition camera. You will experience the collaborative nature of film making through the pre-production, production and post-production of studio-shot scenes.
Throughout a number of practical sessions you cover the key disciplines: screenwriting, directing, camera and lighting, sound recording, shooting on HD, editing, producing and production management.
• Write a short interior scene in pairs to film with professional actors – excellent preparation for learning how to write and direct longer pieces by building scene sequences and story events
• Learn how to write and direct story ‘beats’ and develop your sense of character-led storytelling
• Practise directing professional actors in a short scene workshop guided by an experienced film director
• Get hands-on camera operating or directing a scene in a studio shoot crewed by fellow students under tutor supervision
• Experience a variety of on-set roles on other students’ films under tutor supervision
• Learn about different digital acquisition formats, camera sensor sizes and the impact on lens choices, data rates and recording media, broadcast requirements, digital workflows as well as fundamental concepts of cinematography
• Explore the potential of a large format digital camera to deliver visual storytelling options such as differential focus and the sought-after shallow depth of field look
Who is it for?
The course is suitable for new entrants into the film industry, film enthusiasts, and for those of you who want to make your own independent films or are considering a career change. It is also for actors, writers and aspiring directors who want to know more about working behind the camera as well as those with some experience of a single area of film production who want an overview of the whole process.
The Filmmaking Foundation has a proud history of association with the Monty Python filmmakers - they first ran it from their studios in Camden, London, more than 20 years ago. We have been providing practical film training ever since and our patrons include: Terry Gilliam, Sir Ben Kingsley and Terry Jones. Where the Python producers had only to decide between film formats, the world of digital filmmaking opens up a bewildering array of camera technical specifications.
• All applicants must be fluent in English (English Language level: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
• Minimum age 18
Course Aims & Outcomes
The broad aim of the course is to help students keep up with some of the recent developments in digital filmmaking and to explore how knowing what your camera is capable of can give you the freedom to create the images you want.
Students will acquire and apply knowledge in scripting, directing, working with actors, HD camera and lighting and non-linear Final Cut Pro digital editing.
Students should leave the Academy with:
• a foundation of up-to-date knowledge and practical skills that can be applied in the ever-changing world of digital filmmaking
• vastly improved chances of gaining entry level jobs into the industry and establishing a career
• a short film on DVD to aid successful applications for further training
• certification on successful completion of the course
• professional network of contacts for the future
• a fast-track onto the LFA Filmmaking Diploma selection process
• opportunity to become a part of a wider network of filmmakers - Club Panico@LFA