Introduction To Filmmaking – Essential Techniques

This introduction to filmmaking course is intensive, creative and highly practical. It has been designed for people who want a crash course in all aspects of the filmmaking process.

Location: The Coach House, Delapre Abbey, Northampton, NN4 8AW

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Date: 7th April 2020

Duration: 1 Day 9.30am-4.30pm

Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

Devise, Film and Edit a short film

The Course

  • For students including beginners who want to learn the basic techniques of filmmaking in an intensive, practical, 1 day course.
  • Recommended to photographers, businesses who want a useful, team building exercise and those starting their journey in filmmaking who want to develop their skills and experience.
  • You’ll be working in a small group with a high ratio of mentors to student (max. 12 students to 2 mentors).
  • Cost £295.00 to include all materials, equipment, handouts, refreshments and a light lunch

For Businesses

Customers and audiences are interacting with videos today more than ever before. Video has a compelling way of engaging your target audience in turn making it vital to boost and expand your video marketing skills to connect with your audience.

You can do this course both on-site at our Delapre Abbey, Northampton venue or off-site in your office, place of work or a location of your choice. This introduction to filmmaking course is ideal as an innovative and dynamic team building activity and CPD.

Contact us for information about off-site and team building experiences.

Want to learn the essentials of filmmaking in a 1 day workshop?
This course will equip you with the basic tools you need to start your journey in film and hit the ground running. You will work closely with industry professionals in a small group to devise, shoot and edit a piece of film footage.

By the end of the course you will have developed your filmmaking skills and experienced working in collaboration with like-minded filmmakers to create a short film.

Location; Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Tea, coffee and a light lunch is provided.

This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However, to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.

In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate a first come, first served basis.

Course structure

Morning Session 9.30am-1.00pm

  • General introduction to filmmaking and how to run a successful production
  • An introduction to the filmmaking equipment; the essential kit you’ll need to get started and the roles of the film crew
  • Health & Safety Briefing
  • Brainstorming session to generate ideas and discussion of how to achieve your goals through film
  • The importance of Narrative and Storyboarding- how it is essential to your film
  • Location scouting- the do’s and don’ts
  • Tips and shortcuts to enhance your film

Making a short Film

The best and most rewarding way for a group to learn filmmaking is by making a short film. Therefore this part of the morning session will be dedicated to making a film using some of the methods and ideas outlined at the beginning of the session.
Our work with the group is very ‘hands on’ and each member will have an important role to play as part of the crew e.g. operating the camera, sound equipment, clapper board etc.

Crew roles will be rotated as much as possible so that the group will experience every aspect of the process.

The group will use broadcast quality equipment and state of the art technology and be mentored by a professional director (Gary Halliday) and one of our team of senior Camera Operator/Mentors.

Lunch 1.00pm-2.00pm

Afternoon Session Editing Workshop 2pm-4.30pm

We will demonstrate how the footage shot in the morning session together with music can be crafted into an engaging, entertaining and informative short film.

The finished film will be uploaded to our social media channels and will be available for student’s to upload to their channels.

A handout covering the workshop will be given to all students.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A session with our mentors.


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“Very helpful and relaxed mentors with lots of knowledge and skill.”

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