Europe’s Most Popular One Day Filmmaking Course
This is the film school course that has launched the careers of British independent filmmakers. The techniques and tools described in this information packed day are the ones used by filmmakers like Edgar Wright and Christopher Nolan. It has been taken by over 15,000 filmmakers and screenwriters worldwide.
About the Course
This information-packed day will give you the tools you need to establish yourself as a screenwriter, director, producer or filmmaker. Divided into 4 parts, this course starts at the very beginning with Writing the Screenplay before explaining the processes, tools and jobs of actually Making the Movie for whatever budget you can achieve.
After lunch, veteran screen and stage director Patrick Tucker takes the stage to ask So You Want To Direct? His entertaining and revealing session will uncover some of the secrets behind framing and directing actors, followed by Raindance founder Elliot Grove explaining how to Break Into the Film Industry, touching on CVs, pitching, negotiating and personal branding.
Who is it for?
The Saturday Film School is the ideal class for anyone wanting to get to know the film industry, whether they have previous experience or not. At our classes we regularly see:
Passionate young newcomers looking to break into the film industry
Interested filmmaking fans coming to see what it’s all about
Independent filmmakers seeking inspiration and clarification
Film Industry professionals looking for a new direction
Other industry professionals hoping for a new career!
This event is aimed at adult audience. Under 16s must be accompanied by paying adults
What will I get?
Every attendant is provided with a 16-page handout containing filmmaking tips, tricks, resources and more. The day after each participant will receive a followup email with additional links to valuable information about movies and filmmaking.
10:00 – 11:30am Writing The Screenplay
Have you ever had an idea for a movie?
Let Elliot Grove help you get that idea onto the page by explaining to you the basic principles of writing screenplays, and demonstrating the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.
Finding an idea
Creating memorable characters
Playing with story structure
Copyright and legal basics
How movies are bought and sold
11:45 – 1:00pm Making the movie
Making movies is not complicated. It is hard work.
We tell you how movies are produced and will give dozens of shooting tips that will save you money and make it easier to get your movie made.
Creating a budget
Chosing a camera
Shooting on locations
Securing permissions for shooting in public
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 – 3:45pm So you want to direct?
Why is it that everyone want to direct, but no one ever takes the time to learn how?
Our tutor Patrick Tucker is a veteran of the British film industry and will outline the principle basics of directing, and how to get the actors and crew to do what you want.
Basics of film directing
Crossing the line
Camera placement and why it is important
Communicating with your cast and crew
4:00 – 5:00pm Breaking Into the film industry
If you would like paid work in the film industry, this is the session for you. Elliot’s back and teaches how to prepare yourself for work as a writer, producer, director, technician, editor or art director.
Showreels and CVs explained
Choosing your field
Marketing and promoting yourself
Negotiating pay and what you can expect to earn
5 – 7 Networking drinks
We retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks.
[This event has become very popular – bring lots of business cards and find a collaborator]