Filmmaking for Beginners: Summer Short
What you will learn
This intensive course will introduce you to HD video production through a series of exercises and workshops. You will learn how to organise your ideas, plan and shoot sequences as well as develop your camera, sound and editing skills. By the end of the course you should have successfully shot and edited a short film project. This course is an ideal primer for those interested in starting out with filmmaking. As a student of Morley College you are also entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Use digital video cameras
- Use basic post-production techniques (e.g. transitions, titles)
- Use sound for video production
- Plan and develop ideas for moving image sequences
- Use software to import and export video and other material
- Edit a short video project
- Work harmoniously as part of a team.
Class format and activities
In this course you will be using digital video cameras, computers and video software. A busy and productive class taught in a professional, well-equipped studio. The class will be taught via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, pair working and group discussion. One to one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills and project work assigned to help you progress. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects as well as provide assessment and feedback on your progress. Projects will regularly be given to allow for the sharing of your progress, some use of web-based presentation tools will be encouraged. Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources. There will be an emphasis on sharing knowledge and experience through discussion, show and tell, and group crit. The tutor will facilitate group discussions, and work with students one-to-one and in groups.
Learning will be supported by course hand-outs, and the tutor will provide links to online resources.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
The course is suitable for complete beginners, or those with some experience in film and video-making who want to learn new skills or explore new ideas. A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!
What you need to know before you enrol
During the course we may be going out to take photographs or film around the college and some lessons may be outside on location. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and carrying equipment such as tripods. The studio also contains Apple MacBooks for uploading and working with sequences. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands, however this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor. Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 0207 450 1934 or Learning Support on 0207 450 1835 before enrolling.
What you will need for your class
To get the most from your learning it would be helpful to have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls for video shooting. We have a number of college cameras and other equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. If you are using software on your course it would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this.
What you can do next
After your course ends why not continue to build your skills? We offer a wide range of courses in Filmmaking running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include Documentary Filmmaking, Video Blogging and Techniques for the filming of Interviews. Making movies on your Smartphone allows you to get the most out of small device filmmaking. NEW for 2018 is our Adobe Video Pack: After Effects and Premiere Pro course. And don’t forget our Stop Motion Workshops where hand crafted skills meet digital technology to create great animated films
Video Editing with Premiere Pro will shape your footage into a production. After Effects is a great tool for animating footage and creating films that will surely impress!
To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Wordpress.Org and Wordpress.Org.
Why not see what our students have produced by heading over to the Morley Digital Blog: www.morleydigitalteam.com where you can read success stories and catch up on new course information, news and events.