Narrative filmmaking

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 17/02/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Peter Gomes

Learn to produce your own short fiction film, from storyboards and pre-production to shooting and editing. Explore how to construct an exciting narrative, experiment with different shots and camera movements, and get to grips with recording and editing technology, producing your own professional-looking short movie. Invaluable as a film festival entry or a path to Higher level film courses.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

You will learn about all the stages of production from the planning pre-production stage through production shooting to post-production editing and rendering movies. You will learn the conventions of constructing an effective narrative, the meanings and uses of different shots and camera movements and how to get the best from your subject. You will also learn how to use HD video cameras and record sound, and how to capture and edit your work using the professional editing application Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- The conventions of narrative film making
- The meanings and uses of different shots
- The persuasive camera: meanings and uses of different camera angles and movements
- Storyboarding
- Recording video and sound
- Capturing and editing footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
- Exporting your movie using the appropriate format and codec.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- storyboard a narrative sequence noting different shots, camera movements, action and sound
- plan and schedule all stages of production
- - shoot video footage and sound for editing
- edit your sequence in Premiere Pro CC
- export your film as a movie using the appropriate format and codec.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner’s class open to all. You are expected to have a basic computer literacy including opening applications, navigating, opening and saving files - Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Film and Animation.

You need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Learners will be expected to join and participate in activities posted on the shared Google Classroom. Full details of this will be provided on enrolment and a reminder email sent out 3 days before the course starts. You will be taught using a range of techniques including online workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, tutorials, group and individual assistance, peer feedback and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Film and Animation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

• You will be taught using Google Meet / Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window.
• We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
• You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser and capable of running Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
• Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
• You cannot use a tablet or mobile device on this course.
• You will require a good broadband connection.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your film making skills further through a range of City Lit courses in DSLR and HD video film making, editing, lighting and video SFX with Adobe After Effects. Your film could be an invaluable part of your showreel for festivals or Higher level courses in film making.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VG173

Wed, eve, 13 Jan - 17 Feb '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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