Films can be incredibly powerful both to watch and be involved in. The WEA have designed this course to use the key aspects of film making to help develop employability, confidence, self awareness skills and general well being. No previous experience is required.
Additional information about this course
WEA is working in partnership with HIP to offer this eight weeks film-making course. Participants (who need to be 19 years old or above) will enjoy the challenge of making a film based on a set theme. The course structure will follow – identifying the topic, discussing it, writing a script around it, understanding the equipment, location filming and then editing it all together to fit into the scripted outline.
The aim of the course is to make a short film on a set theme using students' shared personal experiences of life in Harleston. The course will provide students with both basic film skills and help to develop key employability skills that employers look for.
Who is the course for?
The course is for anyone with no previous knowledge or experience of film making.
What topics will this course cover
Over eight sessions of 4-hours duration, participants will enjoy the challenge of making a film based on a set theme. The course structure will follow: identifying the topic, discussing it, writing a script based on the ideas discussed, understanding the equipment, location filming in and around Harleston, and then editing the footage into a finished film that accords with the script. The process of making the film is at the heart of this course. Through taking part in an enjoyable creative activity, participants will acquire skills relevant to the workplace and be better placed to deal with the day-to-day pressures of working & everyday life.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Know the non-technical basics of how films are made. 2. Acquire experience of working as part of a team. 3. Gain the self-confidence to express their thoughts and ideas to others. 4. Experience the kind of discipline needed in the workplace. 5. Be better prepared to face job interviews, having performed the roles of interviewer and interviewee in the course of making a film.
How will I know I'm making progress?
The course involves constant feedback and interaction with the tutor at every stage. Students will know how they have progressed by screening of their film work and discussion of it with fellow students.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
All students need to bring is themselves. If you own a camcorder or 'phone capable of shooting video then bring this with you. You may be asked to use them. If you don't own these, no need to worry - the tutor and the WEA will provide equipment.
Reading and information sources
No reading or any previous knowledge is required.
What could the course lead to?
The course leads to enhanced self-confidence and therefore better performance at job interviews. There is no formal progression to academic or craft qualifications.