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Filmmaking (for ages 15-17)

Summer School for Young People

Introduction

This two-week course is perfect for anyone just beginning their journey into the art of filmmaking. Learn all the practical and creative skills you need to make your dream film a reality.

Over the two weeks you will work across the various departments within a film crew to write, develop, film and edit a short film. The course is largely focused on practical exercises with scope to both pick up new skills and develop those that are pre-existing.

This course is open to students who have never picked up a camera before, to those who have shot short films with friends and at school.

The main goal of this course is to develop student’s visual storytelling skills, so they understand how to bring all aspects of filmmaking together to create the strongest film possible.

This course will be split into introduction to the basic skills and development in week one and production, where students will shoot their films, in week two.

Week one will introduce the students to the equipment they will be using, and will go through how, as young filmmakers, the participants can create strong, visual stories.

In week two students will be assigned crew roles on various productions and will be given the week to plan, shoot and edit their finished film.

By the end of the course there should be a multitude of filmed pieces of work for the students to use for their own portfolios.

By the end of the course student should:

  • Be confident in the use and operation of film equipment from the cameras through to editing software.
  • Be able to create a strong, visual piece of cinema
  • Develop collaboration skills
  • Understand the various roles and responsibilities of a film crew
  • Improve their critical analysis of classic and contemporary cinema.
  • Have developed an original idea for a short film into a script treatment.

 

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 15 June 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This two-week course is perfect for anyone just beginning their journey into the art of filmmaking. Learn all the practical and creative skills you need to make your dream film a reality.

Over the two weeks you will work across the various departments within a film crew to write, develop, film and edit a short film. The course is largely focused on practical exercises with scope to both pick up new skills and develop those that are pre-existing.

This course is open to students who have never picked up a camera before, to those who have shot short films with friends and at school.

The main goal of this course is to develop student’s visual storytelling skills, so they understand how to bring all aspects of filmmaking together to create the strongest film possible.

This course will be split into introduction to the basic skills and development in week one and production, where students will shoot their films, in week two.

Week one will introduce the students to the equipment they will be using, and will go through how, as young filmmakers, the participants can create strong, visual stories.

In week two students will be assigned crew roles on various productions and will be given the week to plan, shoot and edit their finished film.

By the end of the course there should be a multitude of filmed pieces of work for the students to use for their own portfolios.

By the end of the course student should:

  • Be confident in the use and operation of film equipment from the cameras through to editing software.
  • Be able to create a strong, visual piece of cinema
  • Develop collaboration skills
  • Understand the various roles and responsibilities of a film crew
  • Improve their critical analysis of classic and contemporary cinema.
  • Have developed an original idea for a short film into a script treatment.

 

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 15 June 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Week 1:

Students will work on cinematography, editing, production design, story structure and on set roles and etiquette. During week one students will present their ideas (see ‘Preparing for your Course’) and the tutors will commission a select number to be shot and edited in week two.

The mornings will largely focus on analysis of classic and contemporary cinema, using examples from iconic films to highlight different techniques for storytelling and filmmaking. To assist the students in their development they will get the chance to put these skills into practice as they have to turn around 2 short film projects during this first week.

Week 2:

In week two students will be assigned crew roles on various productions and will be given the week to plan, shoot and edit their film. The last two days will allow student to not only complete their short film, but they will have access to all footage shot during the course. Any and all of this can be used for students to create or develop projects that can be used for personal portfolios.

 

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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Preparing for your course

Students should prepare an outline for a short film. This idea will be presented to the group, developed over the first week and then a select number will be commissioned. This outline only needs to be a rough idea, no more than a paragraph is required. However if students wish to write a script, they are more than welcome.

If students wish to take any footage or work away with them, at the end of the course, a hard drive/pen drive that is Mac formatted should be brought.

A pen and notebook should also be brought for note taking.

 

At a glance...

Filmmaking (for ages 15-17) 10am to 5pm 20180727 490 Application Deadline: 20180615

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before booking a course.

 

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 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, Lifelong Learning and the Junior Conservatoire of Film, where he has been a Filmmaking tutor and lecturer for the better part of six years. He has devised and delivered courses covering the practical, technical and theory side of film making.