Four Day Filmmaking Course

Our Four Day Filmmaking Course takes participants through the entire digital video production and video editing process, from start to finish; that means we cover planning, filming on location, video editing using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, and delivery of a final edit online and on DVD, all in just four days. 

The course is unique in that it is centred around a 'real life' project. This means that we create a real world production process by collaborating with a mock client - usually a local charity or community group. This gives participants an unparalleled opportunity to gain meaningful, 'on the job' experience.

The 'real life' project also means the Four Day Filmmaking Course is extremely hands-on; practical exercises on location are complemented by 'view and critique' and editing sessions in a workshop environment. 

As our most complete training programme, the Four Day Filmmaking Course is aimed at those who want to be introduced to a full set of digital media skills in a short space of time. Our aim is for participants to leave feeling confident enough in all their new skills to carry on practicing on their own, without the need for additional training.

Each participant will have the opportunity to practice all aspects of filmmaking - camera, sound, directing, interviewing, lighting etc. There will be a maximum of 3 people to each camera set up. We use HD camcorders and DSLR cameras.

The Four Day Filmmaking Course reiterates, puts into practice and develops the skills and techniques gained in our Video Production Weekend Course and can be taken either in addition to or instead of this.

Professional filmmaker and teacher Mark Saunders leads all sessions himself. 

What you WILL learn on the course

Pre-production:

- How to use the production equipment
- How to work to a brief
- How to make the most of a recce
- How to plan interviews and location shoots
- Interview techniques
- Research and research with camera

Production:

- How to conduct a recce and exploratory shoot, establishing shots
- How to view and critique shots
- How to shoot action, locations and interviews

Post-production:

- Uploading material to computer for editing
- How to use Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, an introduction
- How to import and organise material
- How to edit
- Cutting, transitions, sequences, 
- Basic colour correction
- How to add captions, titles, transitions and colour correction 
- Codecs, exporting to DVD and online

The workshop will also touch on aspects of budgeting, copyright, use of archive and industry language.

SUITABILITY

Complete beginners through to people with basic or intermediate skills, from any background.

COURSE SIZE

There will be between 4 and 8 participants on each course.

COURSE DATES

All course dates run from 10am to 5pm

Monday to Thursday 11-14 Sept 2017 BOOK NOW

Monday to Thursday 16-19 Oct 2017 BOOK NOW

Monday to Thursday 4-7 Dec 2017 BOOK NOW

If you're interested in taking the course but can't make any of the dates listed, please get in touch anyway - we may be able to schedule additional dates if we receive sufficient interest.

You can also look at the dates of all our different courses on our course Calendar

PRICE

£500/£350 concessions

For information on the payment methods we accept, please click here.

Please note:  Concession rates are offered to full-time students and registered unemployed who are paying for themselves only. Proof is required at the time of booking. If you have any questions about concession eligibility please see our FAQs or email us.

LOCATION

The course is based at our premises in Battersea, South London, close to Clapham Junction station. We are in unit 25 of the Battersea Business Centre, 99-109 Lavender Hill, SW11 5QL. Detailed travel instructions are included in our  FAQs and will be sent to all enrolled participants on booking and a week before the course begins.