Uk Film School – FAQs

Student Welfare & Health & Safety 

The health, safety & welfare of students is our main priority. To ensure everyone’s safety risk assessments are regularly reviewed with our team. They cover all aspects of Film School from facilities to activities. We have an excellent health and safety record.

All UK Film School mentors are suitably qualified and have enhanced DBS (Police) checks. Every member of the team at UK Film School works professionally within the film and TV industry and has a wealth of experience of working with, mentoring and inspiring, young people.

A suitably qualified and experienced member of our team is responsible for every student’s pastoral care throughout the duration of the residential.

UK Film School have been running a successful Film School for young people for over 10 years and during that time have hosted hundreds of students from all over the world. Our team is skilled and experienced in looking after young people in a residential environment.

Insurance

UK Film School and YHA have all necessary insurances including Public Liability Insurance.

However, our insurance does not cover for personal accident or loss or damage to personal property. We advise you to take out insurance if you wish to have cover for personal accident or loss or damage to personal property or for cancellation through sickness, injury or any other reasons, as we are not able to offer a refund in these circumstances.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for details of our Cancellation Policy.

What will students be doing during the course?

The course provides a creative and very practical experience of how the filmmaking process works. Our ethos is to treat students as a professional film crew from the outset. Students receive expert mentoring throughout the course and will be shown how to produce a film and use all the filmmaking equipment.

Student’s work in groups of a maximum of 12 (the ‘film crew’) and the film crew make a film from start to finish over the 5 days of the course.

You can view a detailed Timetable on the Course Info page.

The filmmaking runs from 9am until 4pm Monday to Friday.

Monday and Tuesday are pre-production days, which include an introduction to the filmmaking equipment with a Health and Safety briefing, pitching ideas for the film, script development, casting the film, scheduling the shoot and location scouting.

Wednesday through to Friday are filming days, during this time the student film crew will act in and film the scenes they devised during days 1 and 2.

The cast and crew are rotated during the 3 filming days so that everyone gets an opportunity to experience the many different aspects of filmmaking. The finished film footage is then taken away and edited at our studio.

Once the filmmaking has finished at 4pm students have some unsupervised free time before supper.

Students often use this time to relax and socialise with their group. During this time students are free to leave Hemmingford House if they wish provided that they are over the age of 13 and in groups of at least 3 students. Students aged 12 must be acompanied by one of our team. No one is allowed to be on his or her own. Students wishing to leave Hemmingford House during free time must sign out when they leave and sign in when they return for supper.

Opt Out

If you do NOT wish your son or daughter to be allowed to leave Hemmingford House in small groups without the supervision of an adult then please email Jacqueline Edge at info@ukfilmschool.org.uk prior to the commencement of the course.

After supper the evenings are taken up with activities and an excursion. The excursion and activities are always planned, organised and risk assessed for safety. There is always a minimum of one adult to every 20 students during activities and on excursions.

On two evenings there are film related activities; an interactive SFX Make Up Workshop and an Acting to Camera & Filming Fight Scenes Workshop and on the other 3 evenings students enjoy a cinema night a walking tour through historic Stratford Upon Avon and a Wrap Party on the final night.

All the evening activities and excursion are included in the cost of the course.

What time does the course start & finish?

We ask students to arrive between 4pm-6pm on Sunday 9th August.

The course finishes at 4.00pm on Friday 14th August.

There is a short presentation on Friday between 4.00pm-4.30pm which parents are invited to attend.

What do students need to bring?

We have provided a suggested Kit List on the Course Info page.

Generally comfortable, practical clothing is best for filmmaking e.g. jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirts and trainers.

Students must wear sensible footwear and please don’t forget a warm hoodie/jumper and a waterproof coat and footwear, just in case the weather is wet. 

Please don’t forget to pack toiletries and a towel. Bed linen is provided.

All filmmaking equipment is supplied by UK Film School. The filmmaking equipment our student’s use is professional, broadcast, quality.

We recommend that students do not bring any personal items of value to the Hemmingford House as we cannot be responsible for any personal items lost or damaged.

We recommend that students bring some spending money to spend in the café and during the tour of Stratford Upon Avon and if they want to buy a UK Film School hoodie, T-shirt or Beanie hat.

Accommodation 

All students are accommodated at Hemmingford House in dormitory style accommodation. The student accommodation is supervised at all times, day and night by our and YHA staff. Males and females are accommodated in separate dorms with other students of the same age group. Every bedroom is warm, comfortable and fully equipped. Some rooms have an ensuite shower room and toilet and there are additional showers and toilets in each of the male and female dorms. There are also meeting rooms, a café, kitchen, dining room and a laundry/drying room.

Free WiFi is provided in the accommodation.

If students wish to share a room with a friend of the same age group and gender then please let us know and we can arrange that.

Meals 

Hemmingford House provides three meals per day in its comfortable dining room. This includes a full English and continental breakfast, packed lunch and 2 course evening meal. There is also a café where drinks and cakes can be purchased.

The food is tasty, healthy and nutritionally balanced. They also provide vegetarian options and can cater for students with food allergies and special diets by prior arrangement.

Further information about Hemmingford House can be found at;  http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-stratford-upon-avon

Contacting a student whilst on the residential 

If you need to contact a student during the residential please call Gary Halliday on

Tel: +44 (0) 7768 201500.

Travelling by train/plane

The nearest train station is Stratford Upon Avon. Hemmingford House is about 15 minutes from the train station. Taxis can be picked up from outside the station.

The nearest airport is Birmingham International.

FREE SHUTTLE BUS To assist students with their arrival and departure we run a free shuttle between Birmingham Train Station and Birmingham International Airport and Hemmingford House. Contact us for details and to book.

How can students access a copy of their film once they have made it?

Once the film has been professionally edited at our production office it will be uploaded to our YouTube channel and a link to the film will be posted to our social media. Students receive a full credit in their film and can use the film that they have made to support and enhance their applications to Film School, University and College etc.

Benefits of the Course

Students will experience the thrill of being part of a professional production and film crew, working as a team and co-operating and collaborating with each other. Each student is of equal value and has a valuable contribution to make in the filmmaking process.

Students will be able to enjoy the extensive facilities and activities provided during the course, make new like-minded friends and grow in confidence away from home.

For those considering a career in film and TV this course provides an excellent introduction and our mentors are on hand throughout the week to provide expert careers advice and guidance.

We can also provide references for applications to Film School, University and College etc.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer sibling and group discounts. Please contact us for details.

International Students

International Students are very welcome however to get the most from the course they do need to speak English to an intermediate standard.

We can arrange transfers to and from UK airports on request.