Make a Movie

Ref: C3671031

Whether you want to learn the key elements of making a film or simply have a story to tell, this workshop is for you! Over the course of 11 weeks you will be instructed on the basics of script writing, filming, directing and editing. Everyone will have the chance to practice writing their own scripts whilst receiving feedback, as well as learning about different filming techniques. By the end of the course, either individually or in In groups, you will have produced, directed, shot and edited your own short films. You will also get the chance to act in films created by other members of the group! The course will be run by Amy Charles, a photographer and filmmaker from Wakefield. Amy started her filmmaking journey as Senior Videographer for P&O Cruises and now co-runs the West Yorkshire based film company Fly Girl Films. Amy has a passion for telling stories and helping others tell theirs, so come join her in September and try something new!

Course aim

To provide an outlet for creative expression and for the group to produce a series of short films.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of key elements in film-making such as dialogue, camera angles, composition and lighting.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrate understanding of various roles required whilst filming such as actors, directors, cinematographers and lighting-person.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the editing stage and how this impacts on the film.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Make a Movie Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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