Photography and Film Making

Ref: C3671067

This course will look at the medium of photography and film as an art form with the aim to develop a series of short films and/or a portfolio of photographs. Portraiture, architectural, conceptual/art, street photography and landscape photography will be explored, looking at how a single image can tell a story. Script writing will also be covered, as well as filming techniques, all the while establishing how colour, framing and composition effect both photography and film. After choosing your preferred medium to explore further, you will either individually or in In groups produce, direct and shoot your own short films or collate a portfolio of photographs. 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 career as Senior Photographer & Videographer for P&O Cruises and now co-runs the West Yorkshire based film company Fly Girl Films.

Course aim

To provide an outlet for creative expression and for the group to produce a portfolio of short films and/or photographs

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.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key elements that make a photograph; framing, lighting, colour, angles, and composition.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Demonstrate creative thinking when producing photography and film work to a set amount of time.
  • Benefit from improvements to confidence and self esteem as a result of engaging with the activity.

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
  • Although Amy's camera can be used for filming projects, this course is ideal for those who already have a compact/DSLR camera to photograph with.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Photography and Film Making

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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