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Filmmaking

Weekly Class for Young People

Introduction

This course is now accepting bookings to start in term 2 (January 2018)

This course is part of our exciting Saturdays at RCS programme. If you choose to attend an afternoon course in addition to this one, you will receive a 20% discount off the afternoon course. Read more about your study options and how the discount works here.

Filmmaking

On this year long course students will learn the skills to feel confident and comfortable with all the different aspects of the film making process. Beginning from the development of an original idea students will have the opportunity to takes the idea from a story outline, all the way through to an edited film, which could be used for audition pieces, or parts of a professional portfolio.

By the end of this course students should:

  • Understand how to create and develop and original idea, into a formatted, finished script
  • Understand the role of pre-production in preparing a script to be filmed
  • On set roles and responsibilities
  • How to build and operate all the equipment on a film shoot
  • How to load in and safely back up footage for an editor
  • How to edit a film using Final Cut Pro 7
  • How to create a DVD/create files for upload.

This is an open access, introductory course which will hugely benefit students with little to no practical filmmaking experience. This course may also be suitable for students keen to develop and improving particular skills or create material for portfolios and showreels.

Pre-Production (Term One)

Students will all be given the chance to develop an original idea from a basic outline, to a full script. The students will learn techniques for generating ideas, story and script structure and how to introduce characters. Once the scripts have been written, the students will pitch their ideas to the group, and from this a number of films will be commissioned to be shot. From here students will begin planning the shoots (which will take place the following term) focusing on areas such as:

  • Props and costume
  • Location scouting
  • Casting calls
  • Scheduling

Production (Term Two)

This term will be based entirely on set. Classes will focus on the operation of the various pieces of equipment that are used on film sets. Student will also be taught the roles within various departments and the responsibilities that come with these roles. This term will mix the technical (how to build and use the camera, sound equipment) and the creative (how do you use these to tell the audience a story)

Students will work in the following areas

  • Camera
  • Sound
  • Assistant Directing
  • Directing
  • Continuity
  • Script Supervision
  • Art Department

The students will be shooting scripts that were selected during the previous term.

Post-Production (Term Three)

The students will edit together the footage from the previous term and will finish with a completed short film that will be shown to an invited audience.

Classes will focus on:

  • How to load and log footage
  • Editing styles and techniques
  • Adding effects
  • Audio mixing
  • How to export a film to a personal website, compress footage and create a DVD.

Introduction

This course is now accepting bookings to start in term 2 (January 2018)

This course is part of our exciting Saturdays at RCS programme. If you choose to attend an afternoon course in addition to this one, you will receive a 20% discount off the afternoon course. Read more about your study options and how the discount works here.

Filmmaking

On this year long course students will learn the skills to feel confident and comfortable with all the different aspects of the film making process. Beginning from the development of an original idea students will have the opportunity to takes the idea from a story outline, all the way through to an edited film, which could be used for audition pieces, or parts of a professional portfolio.

By the end of this course students should:

  • Understand how to create and develop and original idea, into a formatted, finished script
  • Understand the role of pre-production in preparing a script to be filmed
  • On set roles and responsibilities
  • How to build and operate all the equipment on a film shoot
  • How to load in and safely back up footage for an editor
  • How to edit a film using Final Cut Pro 7
  • How to create a DVD/create files for upload.

This is an open access, introductory course which will hugely benefit students with little to no practical filmmaking experience. This course may also be suitable for students keen to develop and improving particular skills or create material for portfolios and showreels.

Pre-Production (Term One)

Students will all be given the chance to develop an original idea from a basic outline, to a full script. The students will learn techniques for generating ideas, story and script structure and how to introduce characters. Once the scripts have been written, the students will pitch their ideas to the group, and from this a number of films will be commissioned to be shot. From here students will begin planning the shoots (which will take place the following term) focusing on areas such as:

  • Props and costume
  • Location scouting
  • Casting calls
  • Scheduling

Production (Term Two)

This term will be based entirely on set. Classes will focus on the operation of the various pieces of equipment that are used on film sets. Student will also be taught the roles within various departments and the responsibilities that come with these roles. This term will mix the technical (how to build and use the camera, sound equipment) and the creative (how do you use these to tell the audience a story)

Students will work in the following areas

  • Camera
  • Sound
  • Assistant Directing
  • Directing
  • Continuity
  • Script Supervision
  • Art Department

The students will be shooting scripts that were selected during the previous term.

Post-Production (Term Three)

The students will edit together the footage from the previous term and will finish with a completed short film that will be shown to an invited audience.

Classes will focus on:

  • How to load and log footage
  • Editing styles and techniques
  • Adding effects
  • Audio mixing
  • How to export a film to a personal website, compress footage and create a DVD.

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





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



Entry requirements

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

Participants should come to the course expecting to attend regularly, work hard, be challenged and have lots of fun working with other young people of the same age.

Preparing for your course

No previous filmmaking experience is required for these classes but enthusiasm, energy and an interest in trying new things is essential.

Please bring a folder, a notepad and pen to the class.

The Conservatoire’s cafe will be open during these classes, though students are encouraged to bring snacks and water with them.

We request that no valuable belongings are brought to the classes and mobile phones are switched off except during breaks.

At a glance...

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Term dates and tuition fees

Tuition fee for whole year is £540, which can be paid in instalments.

Term 1: 2 September –16 December 2017 (excluding 14 and 21 October)
Term 2: 13 January – 24 March 2018 (excluding 10 February)
Term 3: 21 April – 16 June 2018 (excluding 26 May)

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?

The course is ideal for any person aged 12-17 with an interest in developing their skills in film-making.

This is an open access, introductory course which will hugely benefit students with little to no practical filmmaking experience.

This course may also be suitable for students keen to develop and improving particular skills or create material for portfolios and showreels.

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.

Chris Nelms

Chris Nelms is a film maker hailing originally from Australia. Has worked in the Film and Music industry for over 16 years. Directing Films, live concerts, Corporate Events and Gala performances, music videos and Documentaries. He also ran an independent film festival in Sydney and co-ran an online music portal in the early days of the Internet.

Since moving to Scotland over 10 years ago Chris has continued to work extensively in Film production and expanded dance, experimental and artist films as well as the cross over areas of theatre and new Media.

Chris has been teaching for 8 years teaching film and media within Schools and Higher Education Institutions, delivering CPD training for staff, training students, school leavers and adults in a learning environment. He has been film tutor with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for the past four years.