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Introduction to Filmmaking (for ages 11-14)

Summer School for Young People

Introduction

If you want to start learning how to make your own films, this summer school will introduce you to the basics including how to shoot the best frame, work from a storyboard, write the strongest characters and teach you how to edit your finished film.

During the end of course project students will rotate through all the roles involved in the filmmaking process, allowing them first-hand experience of each of the roles and the responsibilities that these roles have. In previous years students have found a new passion for roles from 1st Assistant Director, to Script Supervisor to Boom operator.

The final production will involve re-shooting a classic or iconic scene from the world of film, chosen by the group. Previous years have re-shot the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ scene from Wayne’s World and the ‘Paris city folding’ scene from Inception.

This course is open to those who have shot various experimental films at home on their phones, to those who attend film clubs, to those who have never picked up a camera before. There is also an opportunity for those who are interested in acting to perform in the final projects.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 8 June 2018 at 12pm.

 

 

Introduction

If you want to start learning how to make your own films, this summer school will introduce you to the basics including how to shoot the best frame, work from a storyboard, write the strongest characters and teach you how to edit your finished film.

During the end of course project students will rotate through all the roles involved in the filmmaking process, allowing them first-hand experience of each of the roles and the responsibilities that these roles have. In previous years students have found a new passion for roles from 1st Assistant Director, to Script Supervisor to Boom operator.

The final production will involve re-shooting a classic or iconic scene from the world of film, chosen by the group. Previous years have re-shot the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ scene from Wayne’s World and the ‘Paris city folding’ scene from Inception.

This course is open to those who have shot various experimental films at home on their phones, to those who attend film clubs, to those who have never picked up a camera before. There is also an opportunity for those who are interested in acting to perform in the final projects.

The deadline for booking this course is Friday 8 June 2018 at 12pm.

 

 

Course outline

This one-week course will introduce participants to the skills required to make a short film. The first two days will be focused around how to build and use the camera equipment, with particular attention paid to the use of framing to help tell a visual story. These sessions will involve watching and analysing scenes of classic and contemporary cinema, using examples from iconic films to highlight different techniques for storytelling and filmmaking.

From the scenes presented to the group (see ‘Preparing for your Course’) the tutors will select two of them to be re-shot by the group. Crew roles will assigned and rolled, meaning that participants should be able to try out all the various production roles that make up a feature film.

On the final day the students will all get a chance to edit one of the two scenes.

The course is largely focused on practical exercises with scope to both pick up new skills and develop those that are pre-existing.

 

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 will be asked to discuss their favourite scene from a feature film and be prepared to explain why they like it and why we should re-shoot it. This will be part of an informal group discussion so there is no need for it to be polished, but they should have a scene in mind and know why they would want to film it.

If students would like to be able to take their footage away with them at the end of the final day then a hard drive or pen drive that is Mac formatted should be brought in.

Finished films will sent out to students via a private Vimeo page and will be downloadable.

 

Short course feedback

It was very enjoyable and interesting and definitely worth the money. I’ll be telling people how good the course was to others when I go back to school – 2017 student

A fun and in-depth look at the technical side of film, really interesting and filled with good information. – 2017 student

Literally it was just really good and exciting. 9.5/10 – 2017 student

The course was very educational. I came with hardly any knowledge on how to make a film and I’ve learnt a whole lot. It was also great fun and easy going. You didn’t feel like you had no one to turn to because everybody was so friendly and helpful. It really helped me in my decision to become a film maker and it would be a wonderful opportunity for young people with similar interests as me. – 2015 student

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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.