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Make your 1st movie in 27 days including 2 weeks filming in Cuba for £TBA

DV Camera and Scott


The training weekends will all take place in our learning centre based in Battersea, South West London. The learning centre is equipped with conference / seminar facilities and a state-of-the-art digital computer editing suites. The centre is conveniently located close to the centre of London and local transport amenities.

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The cost of the holiday does not include transport to and from the training events; or accommodation in London during the pre and post production weekends.

Students must provide their own Digital Video camera (miniDV format); for use throughout the entire programme (training and filming).

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The first weekend's study is an introduction to film theory. We will be deconstructing and demystifying the filmmaking process. The aim is to provide a solid understanding of the medium of film and illuminate important areas for consideration when creating a movie.

DAY 1 : Saturday 26 April 2003

Introduction : 10am-1pm

A chance to meet Nigel, Scott, and the other filmmakers on the holiday. An Outline of the aims and objectives of the courses, further explanation of the programme of learning and holiday. Q & A session.

Film Form : 2pm – 5pm

What makes a movie?
We will examine and investigate the concepts of ‘film form’ and mise en scene. We will do this by separating and describing the various elements that film consists of; namely: Setting; Props; Costume; Performance and Movement; Lighting; Camera and Camera Movement; Editing; Sound.
We will look at how filmmakers employ these different elements in order to achieve a desired message.

DAY 2 : Sunday 27 April

Narrative and Scripting : 10am – 1pm

This session will examine contemporary theories of narrative and look at methods filmmakers use to tell us a story. We will consider how narratives are constructed in non-fiction forms and how we can adopt these techniques in our own practice.

Later in the session we will be looking at ways of developing a story into a workable script; and holding a workshop exploring different ways of communicating our desired message.

Directing, Storyboarding and Cinematography : 2pm – 5pm

This final session will examine techniques of film form used in the construction of narrative. We will also examine some ‘rules’ of composition; and how they affect peoples understanding of a movie. It will introduce the concept of storyboarding; a visual script.

The latter part of the session will consist of a ‘directing’ workshop based around a movie extract.



This weekend is about getting to grips with the camera ! It will focus on the practical sides of filmmaking. All students are asked to bring their DV cameras and tripods with them.

DAY 3: Saturday 3 May

Practical Camera Skills : 11am – 1pm

An introduction to the use of digital video cameras. How to handle the camera. Basic operation of the camera. Manual functions - white balance, shutter speed, manual focus, zoom, etc; Digital and special effects. Use of tripods. Automatic vs. Manual.

Advanced Camera Skills : 2pm – 5pm

A continuation of the mornings session. Applying the skills in a directorial sense. How to use the functions of the camera to contribute to our creativity. Considering Lighting. Exploring possibilities offered by the portability and light sensitivity of digital video cameras: understanding the opportunities that digital video can offer us in our filmmaking practice.

DAY 4: Sunday 4 May

Sound : 10am – 1pm

Exploring the use of sound in movies. The critical importance of good sound recording. Use of microphones. Use of music in film.

Cinematography : 2pm – 5pm

Practical exploration of different ways of framing, composing and focusing shots. ‘Rules’ of composition. Setting up 2 cameras for interview situations. Communicating meaning visually.

Organisation into production teams of four.





DAY 5 : Saturday 10 May

Research : 10am – 1pm

Production Groups meeting and comparing notes. Using the internet and other resources to research the chosen topic. Formulate basic narrative.

Create Narrative : 2pm – 5pm

Each group creating possible narrative structure. Identifying shots needed and areas of further research.

DAY 6 : Sunday 11 May

Seminars and Presentations : 10am –1pm

Production groups meet to prepare presentations. Each group presenting ideas to other groups.

Logistics and Final Preparations : 2pm - 5pm

Expedition planning. Equipment needed for filmmaking. Location considerations. Facts and tips about Cuba.


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There are places for only 16 persons. Enrolment is starting 11 Sept. 04

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