SUMMER SHORTS: 

Digital Filmmaking

Ages 7 - 13

Ages 14 - 19 (or a mix of both!)

Dates: 

Monday 19th July - Friday 23rd July, 2021 

Monday 26th July - Friday 30th July, 2021

Monday 2nd August - Friday 6th August, 2021

Monday 9th August - Friday 13th August, 2021

Monday 16th August - Friday 20th August, 2021

Monday 23rd August - Friday 27th August, 2021

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

 

Why do this course?

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

 

They will 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!They will iInspire 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 professional artist, the screenplay is specially scribed 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 - 16.00

  • 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 show them how a drone is used!

  • 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 - 16.00

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 and 4: 09.00 - 16.00

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

Day 5: 09.00 - 16.00

Students will be doing pick-ups/re-shoots. Then, at about 3.30 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! Sometime in September/October, we have a 

premiere evening, where we 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 be learning how to:

  • understand and deploy film language 

  • plan and develop a film 

  • work through creative (behind-the-camera) and talent (acting) roles

  • read and understood the demands of the screenplay

  • use digital pre-production apps.

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

  • work on team skills and individual initiative requirements

  • upload footage and use digital software to edit 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!