Introduction To Filmmaking - Essential Techniques

Introduction To Filmmaking - Essential Techniques

Introduction To Filmmaking

Saturday 1st April & Sunday 2nd April 2023

£499 per student – for students aged 18+

At Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, SL0 0NH

Want to learn the essentials of filmmaking in a 2 day workshop?

This course will equip you with the basic tools you need to start your journey in film and hit the ground running. You will work closely with industry professionals in a small group to devise, shoot and edit a piece of film footage. This course is intensive, creative and highly practical. It has been designed for people who want a crash course in all aspects of the filmmaking process. By the end of the course you will have developed your filmmaking skills and experienced working in collaboration with like-minded filmmakers to create a short film.

  • Devise, Film and Edit a short film
  • For students including beginners who want to learn the basic techniques of filmmaking in an intensive, practical, 2 day course
  • Ideal for those starting their journey in filmmaking who want to develop their skills and experience
  • You’ll be working in a small group with a high ratio of mentors to student (max. 12 students to 1 mentor)

Outline Timetable

Day One Session 9.00am-4.00pm

  • General introduction to filmmaking and how to run a successful production
  • An introduction to film making equipment; the essential kit you’ll need to get started and the roles of the film crew
  • Health & Safety Briefing
  • Brainstorming session to generate ideas and discussion of how to achieve your goals through film
  • The importance of Narrative and Storyboarding- how it can enhance your film
  • Location scouting- the do’s and don’ts
  • The importance of stock footage and what to shoot e.g. how to add interest through the use of cut aways
  • Using foley to bring your soundscape alive
  • Tips and shortcuts

Day Two Morning session 9.00am-1.00pm

Make a short Film

The best and most rewarding way for a group to learn filmmaking is by making a short film. Therefore day two will be dedicated to making and editing a short piece of film using some of the methods and ideas outlined on day one.

Our work with the group is very ‘hands on’ and each member will have an important role to play as part of the crew e.g. operating the camera, sound equipment, clapper board etc.

Crew roles will be rotated as much as possible so that the group will experience every aspect of the process. The group will use broadcast quality equipment and state of the art technology and be mentored by a professional director (Gary Halliday) and one of our team of senior Camera Operator/Mentors.

Day Two Afternoon Session 2pm-4.00pm

Editing Workshop

We will demonstrate how  the footage shot in the morning session, together with stock footage, stills images and music can be crafted into an engaging, entertaining and informative short film. The finished film will be uploaded to our social media channels and will be available for student’s to upload to their channels. A handout covering the workshop will be given to all students. There will be the opportunity for a Q&A session with our mentors.

Book Your Place

You can secure your place with a deposit of £100 or pay the full amount of £499.