Filmmaking for Beginners

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Course description

Filmmaking For Beginners has been designed to help you release your inner filmmaker. In this course you will explore influences, learn about the craft of filmmaking, and devise, shoot and edit a short piece. Learn to construct a video from the concept to the final cut! Have you got an idea for a film? Maybe you like the idea of entering TropFest, but have no idea where to start? Then this course can help get you started and give you all the skills you need to create your own film from concept, to script and shooting, to final production!

  • Inspiration
  • Roles – definitions and explanations
  • Definitions – Short, Feature, Documentary
  • Film Grammar
  • Writers
  • Storytelling
  • Script writing
  • Script analysis
  • Pre-Production
  • Practical – Filming (1)
  • Practical – Filming (2)
  • Practical – Post Production – in the edit suite
  • Post Production – Review edited footage with tutor and class feedback
  • Distribution – how to prepare your film for presentation and distribution
  • Industry information and links
Learning Outcomes:

Over the duration of this Filmmaking for Beginners Class students will:

  • Look at the history of filmmaking
  • Explore methods of funding
  • Explore pre-production, production, post production
  • Study film grammar and terminology
  • Begin to develop an analytical and critical eye in order to process of visual storytelling
  • Identify their preferred role in the filmmaking process
  • Gain practical experience
  • Learn how to prepare digital packages for festivals and distribution
Additional Information

As part of homework students will be required to view a movie and some selected scenes from movies.
Students are free to shoot their pieces on a mobile phone, tablet, DSLR or video camera.

Please bring
  • Note pad and pen or tablet to take notes
  • Water and snacks
  • A hard drive and headphones to the editing class

City Campus is on level 3 of the Holmes Institute at 91 York Street in the CBD. For more information please click here

Feedback from Past Students

"Everything was perfect!... I learned some interesting insights about filmmaking."

"Fantastic course. Really valueable and suited my needs."

"This course was very extensive... I am very inspired by (the tutor) and how much I’ve learned in this time. So much fun."

" Rachel provided excellent resources and was a wealth of information. She also was very encouraging and supportive of
all the student’s endeavours. She always went above and beyond to help provide a good experience."

"Everything was perfect!"

"Facilities were great :)"

"(The tutor was) very engaging and knowledgeable... Interesting insights about film making"

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