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Introduction to Filmmaking: Story Development

Weekly Class for Adults

Introduction

This ten week course is directly connected to the Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes and the Introduction to Filmmaking: Editing evening courses. You can apply for the full year, or for individual terms depending on experience and interest.

Students will develop a full script from an original idea and then start planning the shoots in preparation for filming.

This is an introductory, open access course which will best suit students who have had no practical film training. Due to its modular format this course may also be suitable for student keen to develop and improving particular skills.

Introduction

This ten week course is directly connected to the Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes and the Introduction to Filmmaking: Editing evening courses. You can apply for the full year, or for individual terms depending on experience and interest.

Students will develop a full script from an original idea and then start planning the shoots in preparation for filming.

This is an introductory, open access course which will best suit students who have had no practical film training. Due to its modular format this course may also be suitable for student keen to develop and improving particular skills.

Course outline

You will all be given the chance to develop an original idea from a basic outline through to a full script. Focus will be paid to idea creation and development as the students go through several weeks of re-drafting, similar to the process professional writers follow after a script commission.

From here you will beginning planning the shoots. Classes will focus on the role and use of shot lists and shooting schedules, location hunting and set design and prop and costume sourcing. The Introduction to Filmmaking: Shooting Scenes course (January – March 2018) will give students the opportunity to use these plans in a practical setting.

By the end of this course students should

  • Understand how to write and develop an idea, from its beginning outline, through to a finished script
  • Understand how to use the three act structure within their film scripts
  • The various stages of the pre-production process, from the camera department through to the work of the director and producers in the lead up to a shoot
  • How to create and use the paperwork required for the pre-production process.
  • How to use set, costume and props to aid storytelling and character development

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this open access course, although an interest in film would be beneficial.

Preparing for your course

There is no preparation required before attending the course. Students are advised to bring a notepad and pen for note taking.

At a glance...

Introduction to Filmmaking: Story Development Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 8.30pm 20171213 345

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is both for people who have never picked up a camera before and for those who wish to develop skills in specific areas of filmmaking.

The most important student attribute is a passion for filmmaking and a desire to be creative.

The course will also suit professionals from other backgrounds who wish to gain experience in filmmaking.

Teaching staff

Duncan Sanders

Duncan Sanders graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with First Class Honours in Digital Film and Television. During his time at the Conservatoire he was lucky enough to meet and work with artists as diverse as Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, American Beauty) Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Ghandi) James McAvoy (X-Men Days of Future Past, Atonement) and Seamus McGarvey (Avengers Assemble, Godzilla)

Since graduation he has worked as a workshop facilitator and film maker, collaborating with companies such as the Lyceum Theatre, Fresh Creations and Short Courses, where he has been a Film Making tutor for the better part of four years. He has devised and delivered courses covering the practical, technical and theory side of film making.