Narrative filmmaking

Course Dates: 30/04/22 - 28/05/22
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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.
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Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00

Course Code: VG397

Sat, day, 30 Apr - 28 May '22

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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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 digital video cameras and record sound, and how to capture and edit your work using the professional editing application Final Cut.

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
- Recording sound
- Capturing and editing footage in Final Cut Pro
- Exporting your movie and burning DVDs.

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
- use a video camera to record scenes
- use a microphone to record sound
- edit your sequence in Final Cut Pro X
- export your sequence as a movie
- burn a DVD of your movie.

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

This is a beginner’s class open to all. You do need to be computer literate at a basic level - please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.
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?

You will be taught through a structured programme of lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises and film-based discussions. The digital arts studio uses a computer projector for presentations and viewing of films. Each student will have their own Apple Mac computer to work on.

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

All filmmaking and editing equipment will be provided but you will need to provide any props you want to use in your production. You may wish to bring your own portable hard drive to store your work. You may also wish to bring your own SD card to record onto as you can then ensure access and security of material. Your tutor will advise you at the start of the course.

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

You can develop your skills further in Digital video editing: stage 2.

City Lit offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.

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.