SUMMER SHORTS: 

Digital Filmmaking

Ages 8 - 14

Ages 15 - 19

Tuesday 26th May - Friday 29th May, 2019 (4 days)

 

Venue: Schools, youth theatres and community centres across the UK...

 

Why do this course?

Making digital videos is brilliant. It also gives kids the skills to have a digital video presence in the 21st century world. 

 

Develop their imagination. Look for new ways to exercise their critical thinking. They'll learn to use some cool technology. They'll take creative decisions. Shape things. Work in a team. Make some new friends with shared interests. They'll widen their horizons. Make something really memorable! Inspire and create fresh ideas!

Students will be working with film makers, teachers and instructors the entire week who can help nurture their creative skills. 

Written by a professionally trained writer, the screenplay is specially written for each group we work with. We will cast and assign technical roles at the beginning of the filmmaking week. 

So, here's how it works:

Day 1: 09.00 - 17.00

  • We start with 'chemistry' sessions, getting to know how your children work

  • They will learn film language, terminology and how to be creative 

  • We'll teach them how to how to act for the screen

  • We'll assign production roles and then assign performance roles

  • They will be make their First Day Films and 'cut their teeth' 

  • We'll show them how to use the digital pre-production apps

  • We will train them to us cameras, sound equipment and even the drone!

  • Some students will start filming a documentary project 'The Making of..." 

  • The day ends with a planning plenary, where costumes, props and facilities will be organised for the next day

Day 2: 09.00 - 17.00

First day of shooting on location, in non-chronological order. Some will be learning post-production skills - using Final Cut X, Viddyoze, selecting music and sound FX. They will be editing all the footage from the week.

Day 3: 09.00 - 17.00

Shooting on location/in the studio. Students will now be easing into their dual production and 'talent' (acting) roles

Day 4: 09.00 - 17.00

Students will be doing pick-ups/re-shoots. Then, at about 4.30 pm, we have a WRAP party! (Did you know that this is an abbreviation, from the old days of filming, for 'Wind, Reel And Print'?)

And what next...?

premiere, that's what! In early July, we have a premiere evening, and show:

  • First Day Films - cringe at the rather rusty films made on Day 1!

  • 'The Making of...', documentary, showing the chaos, interviews and more!

  • The Trailer - a sneak-peek at what is to come

  • 'The Finished Feature'  - the main film played to the audience, live. Exciting!

After the screening, everyone gets:

  • A beautifully embossed Certificate of Attendance

  • An engraved OSCAR-style statue recording technical skills learnt

After the screening, some will be presented with special awards:

  • Participants peer-vote for the most impressive performances across a range of acting and production roles

  • Prize winners receive a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution and a further OSCAR-style trophy for enthusiasm, skill and helpfulness across the week

What do you get out of this course?

In the space of just five days you will have learnt about:

  • film language skills

  • planning and development requirements

  • working through both creative and talent roles

  • marked up a screenplay

  • read and understood the demands of the screenplay

  • used several digital pre-production apps.

  • been instructed in using digital/technical equipment safely and creatively

  • been trained in 'acting for screen'

  • worked on team skills and individual initiative requirements

  • upload footage and use digital software to piece together the final film.

For further details and any other questions, contact us using the box to the left. We are ready and waiting to help!

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