Ideal for those with an interest in pursuing film making, a comprehensive course on how to create, shoot and complete a short film.
21st July-7th August 2020
Course Fees: £2295
Including residential programme: £3,495
For students aged 15+
Developing a film showreel and the ability to demonstrate your knowledge of the film making process are vital components for budding filmmakers who wish to pursue this subject at university level, or join the film industry. Working in small groups, students will be led by our experienced tutors through the processes of creating a film from initial script ideas through to the finished film product.
You will explore important pre-production techniques of how to work with a script, storyboarding and developing a narrative story before moving on to shooting your own short film. Working together as a film crew you will rotate roles to get varied experience of the entire film process, covering important aspects such as how to light a scene and gain practical experience using professional camera and sound equipment. You will also have the opportunity to work with live actors on set and learn the art of directing. During post-production, you will explore and experiment with image and sound editing software in our film digital suites to get your short film ready for screening at the end of the course.
- Create a short film from initial idea through to post-production
- Learn the fundamentals of filmmaking
- Storyboard development: narrative techniques
- Scriptwriting and developing drafts
- Production design
- Casting and rehearsals
- The art of directing; working with actors
- Lighting a scene
- Camera angles and shot selection
- Two-three days live film shooting
- Editing and post-production techniques
- Sound editing
- Film screening with group critique
The course aims to:
- Develop your understanding of storytelling principles and strategies specific to the short fiction film.
- Enhance your understanding of narrative techniques; how to communicate visually and respond creatively to a brief.
- Enable you to produce a short fiction film and understand the process from storyboard through to finished screening.
- Provide participants with the opportunity to explore different roles of a film crew, gaining an understanding of film crew responsibilities and skills.
- Enhance your understanding of film technical processes and cinematic terminology (e.g. mise-en-scène, editing, sound, etc.).
- Enable you to explore industry standard film equipment, developing your confidence and understanding of cinematic equipment and best practice.
- Encourage your reflective skills through the critique of your own and others’ work, as well as through the critical study of film.
- Develop your practical experience and understanding of post-production techniques and processes, including sound editing.
Course materials and resources
All course materials are included in the course fee, students will have access to use specialist film-making equipment in the studio or on location. Resources available include:
Arriflex SR 16mm and Alexa classic camera kits, Bolex 16mmm cameras, Sony FS 7 cameras, digital recording kits with flash cards, full range of microphones, booms and stands.
A wide range of tungsten and HMI studio and location lighting, fluorescent soft lighting, stands, reflectors, C-stands, arms and knuckles.
Post-production and digital resources include Avid and Final Cut Pro.
Course outcomes and assessments
There will be a screening of the completed films with AUB staff, and students invited for a private screening. You will receive a copy of your completed film to add to your portfolio or showreel.
All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official Summer Course Certificate detailing course contents and study hours.