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Making a Film

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Making a Film

Tutors: Nigel Wattis (BAFTA MA)
Weeks: 2 and 3

Course Details

The BAFTA winning director returns with his ever-popular filmmaking course. If you have never made a film before, this is where to start. If you already make films, this course will help you make them better. Use your imagination and learn new skills while making a film, from writing the script, acting and shooting, through to the final cut. This course is a brilliant way to have fun, learn industry secrets and insider tips as well as getting to grips with the basics. There will also be technical guidance in camera operation and editing. By the end of the week, you will have a copy of your film to take home.

Course Notes

The course will be led by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Nigel Wattis, who has produced and directed over fifty one-hour documentaries for ITV, BBC and Channel 4, winning over twenty awards at festivals around the world. He has been a Series Producer for ITV and Channel 4, an Executive Producer and Head of Arts and Features for LWT and Granada Productions. Nigel also has an MA in teaching media from the Institute of Education at University College London.

This is a "hands-on” course. Participants will make an original short film during the week, using their imaginations to build on an initial brief. No previous film experience is needed and everyone gets a chance to help write the script, direct, act and operate the camera. No equipment is needed as cameras, tripods, microphones etc. will be provided, as well as computers with simple editing software. However you may wish to bring along costumes, props etc. to use in your film.

1. Monday.

  • Introduction to the course and cameras.
  • Initial camera exercise and evaluation
  • Developing ideas.
  • Telling a story in pictures - size, angle and framing.
  • Thinking in sequences

2. Tuesday.

  • Equipment instruction -using the camera and tripod.
  • Writing a script. 
  • Going on a recce.
  • Planning the shoot.

3. Wednesday.

  • Upload rushes to edit.

4. Thursday.

  • Editing instruction.
  • Edit films.
  • Add music and effects as appropriate.

5. Friday.

  • Editing completed to fine cut.
  • Sound mix.
  • Watch and discuss completed films.
  • Create a copy of your film to take home.