Video & film making courses

Video, Filmmaking Courses in London

Do you want to make films? Whether you want to make documentaries, dramas, training or infotainment videos, experimental or fine art film installations, video blogs or Instagram posts, we have the video or film making course to suit your needs. You will be guided through all the processes and techniques from pre-production, filming and recording sound, video editing through to rendering your own finished film.

HD camcorders, DSLR cameras, smart phones and tablets are all used in contemporary film making practice and we offer different courses specialising in these different recording devices.

Whether you're a beginner, or you would like to advance your current knowledge, our part-time courses delivered by expert tutors and film practitioners could be exactly what you're looking for. Our courses are offered during the evenings, daytime and weekends.

We’re very proud of our student’s successes in gaining commissions and being selected for local, national and international Film festivals, join in our vibrant film making culture.

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  1. Discover moving image at City Lit: What moves you?
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Film maker and animator Litza Jansz introduces you to the world of film making at City Lit. Explore the different genres and approaches to film making and animation and find out which kind of film making moves you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  2. Documentary film shorts: essential techniques for high impact short filmmaking
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    The short Documentary film form is the most popular format in today’s programming - on Social Media, on TV, in Film festivals. Come and learn about what makes a good short film.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  3. Documentary film shorts: everything you need to know about B-roll
    Course Date: Mon 26 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    It’s B roll, the footage you cut away to from your interviews, that adds dimension to your story. Find out more about how to find, shoot and use good B-roll, including sound.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  4. Filming for social media in a day
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Video is everywhere. But what are the differences between the different platforms and how do you tell what kind of video works for you and your target audience and what doesn’t? Enjoy learning essential camera and editing skills to make your posts impactful, relevant and engaging.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Special effects for film and video using Adobe After Effects
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to give your videos a professional edge? Learn how to use Adobe After Effects to apply a range of animated effects to enhance your video projects. Get to grips with the tools of the software, learn to organise your workflow and come up with great creative ideas, and develop your own project with an expert filmmaker on hand to guide you.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £150.00
  6. Documentary film shorts: interview tips every filmmaker should know
    Course Date: Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Good interviews provide the foundation to most successful documentaries. This class offers essential tips on how to approach your subject, how to shoot great interviews and secret tips to improve your chance of better coverage.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  7. Narrative filmmaking
    Course Date: Fri 16 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn to produce, shoot and edit your own short film. Explore what steps are necessary to construct an exciting narrative. Learn about preparation, storyboarding, experimenting with different shots and camera movements, and the basics of digital editing to produce your own short movie to use as a film festival entry or a path to Higher level film courses.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00
  8. A short introduction to recording sound for film
    Course Date: Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to record professional sound for your film making projects. This intensive short course introduces you to the different equipment you will need to ensure good quality sound in different recording situations and how it impacts on quality.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  9. Start filming and compositing with green screen
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    Compositing, or seamlessly layering images, is a visual effect used in all film making. Learn effective green screen filming, how to composite images and how to improve the process and workflow on this practical course.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £149.00
  10. DSLR for video: shoot and edit
    Course Date: Wed 11 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio

    Think quality video production needs a whole film crew? Think again! Discover how you can easily shoot and edit professional-level video on your own digital SLR camera; get expert guidance on the whole process and find out why DSLRs have become the camera of choice for many broadcast professionals.

    This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £100.00

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