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Introduction to Filmmaking

Summer School for Adults

Introduction

This two week course would be ideal for anyone who has a passion for filmmaking but doesn’t know where to begin when it comes to realising this passion. Students will have the opportunity to follow a professional platform of film production to take a short script and develop it into a fully realised short film.

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. These films can be used for personal portfolios, websites and be entered for short film festivals.

Over the two weeks participants will follow an abridged version of the production process, beginning in pre-production, moving into the shoot and then going into post production.

The students will be assigned roles that will rotate throughout the two weeks, ideally allowing them the opportunity to get hands on experience within all departments.

Students will have the opportunity to shoot the final film using a RED camera, and will have access to the Conservatoire’s Digital Training Unit and professional edit suites to complete the film.

As students will be working on personal and group projects throughout the course, it is suitable for a variety of learners including those who:

  • have never picked up a camera before
  • have shot short experimental videos in their personal time
  • are more experienced filmmakers who want to challenge themselves creatively and develop their storytelling abilities
  • are looking to boost their confidence and develop skills they already have

The course will provide a supportive environment for each individual learner to challenge themselves.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 16th July 2018 at 12pm.

Introduction

This two week course would be ideal for anyone who has a passion for filmmaking but doesn’t know where to begin when it comes to realising this passion. Students will have the opportunity to follow a professional platform of film production to take a short script and develop it into a fully realised short film.

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. These films can be used for personal portfolios, websites and be entered for short film festivals.

Over the two weeks participants will follow an abridged version of the production process, beginning in pre-production, moving into the shoot and then going into post production.

The students will be assigned roles that will rotate throughout the two weeks, ideally allowing them the opportunity to get hands on experience within all departments.

Students will have the opportunity to shoot the final film using a RED camera, and will have access to the Conservatoire’s Digital Training Unit and professional edit suites to complete the film.

As students will be working on personal and group projects throughout the course, it is suitable for a variety of learners including those who:

  • have never picked up a camera before
  • have shot short experimental videos in their personal time
  • are more experienced filmmakers who want to challenge themselves creatively and develop their storytelling abilities
  • are looking to boost their confidence and develop skills they already have

The course will provide a supportive environment for each individual learner to challenge themselves.

The deadline for booking this course is Monday 16th July 2018 at 12pm.

Course outline

Schedule

Depending on the script that is selected, the schedule will be kept loose to allow for a personalised production process that best suits the film. However the two weeks will be broken down into three clear stages, pre-production, the shoot and post production.

Pre-Production

Students will begin with a script (see Course Preparation tab). There will be an opportunity for the group to redraft and make any final changes before the script is locked. At this point the group will complete all the necessary production paperwork (script breakdown, location scouting, set and costume prep) cast and rehearse with actors, complete shooting schedules, shot lists and storyboards for the finished film. Students will also be given sessions on the how to build and operate all the equipment.

The Shoot

During this stage the film will be shot. Students will work as a professional crew, rotating around all the roles that make up a film crew so they get a full understanding of each of the roles and the responsibilities. They will get first hand insight into the processes of a film shoot.

Post-Production

During this stage each student will get a chance to create there own version of the finished film. They will cover how to create and load a project into editing software, how to log and store footage, how and when to use cuts, how to import and use music and sound effects. Students will also be introduced to processes such as A.D.R and Foley, re-shoot and pickups.

By the end of this stage students will be shown how to export the finished film and compress the files for upload to a personal website.

 

Financial support



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 full short film script that they have written and which follows these parameters:

  • Be a maximum of five pages
  • Feature 2/3 characters, maximum
  • Feature at least one interior and one exterior location (only one scene can be exterior)

These are to be submitted one week prior to the course beginning so the tutors can select one script to be commissioned for the project.

Scripts do not need to be formatted and if participants are unable to complete a script a full story outline will be accepted. If neither can be submitted this will have no impact on the students place on the course.

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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.