Introduction to Film Making (pre-GCSE)
Who is the course for?
Edukus teachers have experience of teaching performing arts skills in a number of colleges and private weekend clubs. It was clear that these clubs failed in one particular aspect - by combining a number of classes together (such as dance, singing, acting and film & TV), they alienated students who purely wanted to learn how to make films. Having little interest in singing and dancing, many students dropped out and missed their goal.
This class is intended to rectify that situation - offering a chance to learn all of the basic skills to become a film maker.
Now is one of the best times in Film Making history to do so. Equipment is cheap. It is possible to make quality films with small numbers of cast and crew. There are plenty of distribution avenues, such as YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. A film maker in the current climate need never look for financial backing to achieve their dream - at least on the small scale.
As a general guide, this course is aimed at UK year groups 7,8 and 9 (pre-GCSE) mainly to ensure that the experience of the course is similar across all students. The course is able to accommodate students outside this range with prior arrangement.
Students do not need their own equipment, unless they wish to practice film making on their mobile-phones. As part of the class, students are introduced to a range of film making equipment including a range of cameras, lighting, audio and green-screen kit.
What will I learn?
Students cover each of the key areas of what it takes to make a film properly, without intruding on the more adult aspects of finance and distribution. While law is covered, this is done in a simple, need-to-know manner.
- Structure of a film - how do we put together a filmable story, at low cost?
- Cameras - an introduction to a range of cameras from the common 'HandyCam' format, up to professional digital film cameras in the EOS and Blackmagic range
- Sound - how important is sound? How do we get good sound?
- Cast & Crew - What does a director (or anyone) really do on set? How do we get good performances, probably from amateur actors?
- Editing - how do we put together our film to best effect?
- Viewing - the different ways in which we can show our films, from projection to loading it onto the internet.
How long is this course?
This course is structured as 6 sessions, each lasting 90 minutes in length.
All computer equipment is provided in class as part of the course, and all software used is freely available from the Internet for use at home.
Is there additional learning?
Because of the modern world of data protection, the course touches on the idea of patents, copyrights and the rights and wrongs of distribution, but in a way that is understandable to younger film makers. By the very nature of film making, the course also covers aspects of communication such as presentation (of ideas) and working as a team.
Where might this course lead?
This course is intended as a means by which young film makers can start to make their own films, even if they stay amateur, but also acts as a a means to decide whether they wish to enter the film making or creative industry though their elective GCSEs and further education.
This course is also ideal as an introduction to the other more specialised creative media courses offered by Edukus, such as digital computer graphics.
- Because this course uses course members for practicals, students will be on camera as much as off. So that all students are able to retain copies of their work and/or so that practical work can be reviewed in class, this course requires a parent or guardian to sign a release allowing the student to be recorded and retained on film only for this purpose.
- Acting on camera is purely voluntary.
- If all students agree on publishing their work, a separate release form will be supplied for this purpose.
- This release is course based, and is independent from any photography release that may be requested from time to time by Edukus in regards promotion.