Certificate in Practical Filmmaking
Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking
The One Month Practical Filmmaking Course (OMPF) is designed for people with little or no filmmaking experience, and offers students an opportunity to work through a full production cycle on a short film- from script development through to post-production.
Our one-month course offers students a variety of documentary practices, and considers the broader context of documentary, by teaching current approaches: from the development phase through to platform delivery. Students will deliver a short documentary film at the end of the programme.
Week 1 - Theory & Practical Training
Week 1 - Theory and Practice Training
The first week of the course is all about the theory and practice of filmmaking, focussing on the key elements of the filmmaking process. Subjects covered include script structure and development, directing and visual storytelling.
The first week of the course is about theory and practice associated with Documentary filmmaking. Students will experience a range of documentary work, in readiness for the technical training in Documentary Camera and Sound. The theme of the student Documentary project is locked.
Week 2 - Practical Training & The Shoot
Week 2 - Practical Training
During the second week of the course students receive a more intensive series of practical workshops on several aspects of film production, including producing, cinematography, sound, editing and casting. The shoot takes place by the end of the week, under the supervision of a tutor.
In the second week, students will receive in- depth training in editing for Documentary form. Tutorial support will further develop the student project, alongside Documentary Production training and Scripting.
Week 3 - Post Production & Screening
Week 3 - Pre-Production and The Shoots
In the final week after the shoot wraps, students enter the post-production phase of their course. Students learn about logging rushes, post- production sound and picture editing. On the final day students are invited to bring their family and friends to the première screening of their film.
Students will finalise their pre-production materials and receive final tutorial support, and production tutorials in Risk Assessment writing. The Documentary Shoots then follow with observations by a course tutor.
Week 4 - Post-Production and Delivery
In the final week, the Documentary crews will work in Post Production to edit and sound mix their films. On the final day, the films will be screened to Industry Professionals, family and friends.
- understand various documentary approaches in relation to your chosen subject matter
- relate and apply ethical issues to your projects including the completion of Ethics & Diversity legal paperwork and Risk Assessments
- produce professional standard work covering scripting, technical, editorial
- work professionally in a location documentary shoot
- critically reflect on your work as a maker of documentary, and the work of your peers and wider context
- Practical tuition from working film industry professionals
- Learn to shoot on film & professional high definition digital formats
- Shooting on location in and around London
- Smallest class sizes of any film school in London
- Learn to write and direct as well as working on your own short film
- Meet high-profile working industry professionals who tutor on the course
- Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class times
July, August 2019
£1,595 + £100
July & August
£2,195 + £100