Narrative filmmaking

Course Dates: 16/07/21 - 13/08/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: 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.
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Full fee £349.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £213.00

Course Code: VG303

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Fri, day, 16 Jul - 13 Aug '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

You will learn about essential stages of production from the 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 video cameras and record sound, and how to capture and edit your work using a professional industry standard editing application.

What will we cover?

- getting an idea
- different frame types and compositional elements
- recording with your camera
- Recording effective footage
- Recording audio
- Capturing and editing footage in Final Cut Pro X
- Exporting your movie.

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

- identify and name some elements in creating a story/narrative
- create a storyboard from an idea
- identify different camera frames and moves and their meaning
- shoot video footage and sound for editing
- Edit your sequence in Final Cut Pro X
- Export your sequence as a movie.

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

This is a beginners’ course. You are expected to have a basic knowledge of using computers including how to open applications, navigate, open and save files. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Film courses.

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

In each session there will be demonstrations, discussions and practical work including group and individual exercises, allowing for some individual tutorial support. Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of editing/ filmmaking in general and the post-production process. Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times. Handbooks, manuals and worksheets are available.

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

You cannot do the course if you do not have an updated version of the software Final Cut Pro X installed on your computer.
We recommend for you to purchase removable storage (fast enough to edit video and at least 500GB) to collect and keep your data safe.
You might also want to consider purchasing other books related to the subject of film making and editing. We will provide you with hand-outs to support your learning.

You will receive an email at least 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.

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

We offer a range of courses in Editing with Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve as well as After Effects CC at different levels to suit your needs. You can also develop your film making skills in courses in DSLR, HD and smart phone film making in a range of styles including Narrative, experimental, Documentary film making and Animation.

Lily Markiewicz Tutor Website

Lily is a freelance film editor and consultant. Her main work over the past 10 years has been in helping people turn their dreams and visions into interesting films and successful artworks. She specialises in film editing, but also consults on all other aspects of film making and fine art. “To me, helping people find the stories the really want to tell and turn them into enjoyable and interesting films is uniquely rewarding and deeply fulfilling. I am particularly interested in enabling people’s own capacity, teaching them both practical skills (e.g. use of software and technical aspects of filmmaking) alongside conceptual underpinnings and critical engagement (version of visual literacy).” She has been teaching film and video related subjects ever since her own postgraduate student days. She is also an award-winning and internationally exhibited/collected artist.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.