6 Months Diploma in Filmmaking
- Six-month full-time course for students looking for an intensive and practical alternative to traditional academic routes
- The Six Month Independent Filmmaking course is designed to provide students with hands- on, practical experience as an independent filmmaker. Students learn how to develop their own voice and style, whilst learning the key aspects of collaborative filmmaking, and the role of the Writer/Director. The emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’ and while there are no formal assessments on the programme, the exchange of feedback between tutor and student on each module is critical for student development throughout the course.
- Covers creative and technical aspects of key screen disciplines, from screenwriting to editing
- Our students now work for companies like Sky and Channel 4
- Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required
WHY TAKE THE COURSE?
Six-Month Practical Filmmaking is a highly practical course for students looking to kick-start their career in the business of screen.
The programme equips you with technical, creative and business skills in disciplines such as screenwriting, directing, camera operating, cinematography, producing and postproduction.
- Write and direct your first industry-standard short film
- Work as part of a creative crew on a variety of different roles, including Director, Screenwriter, Camera Operator, Cinematographer and Editor
- Make a short documentary within a small team outside of school premises
- Work with professional actors and receive guidance from working industry tutors
- Build connections and collaborate with the creative student community
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
Below you will find the areas you will study on our six-month practical filmmaking course.
- Ideas and story
- Character and performance
- Image and sound
- Screen Business
- Working with actors
- Camera operating
MFTS believes that filmmakers find their voice by having a thorough understanding of the technical processes involved in the telling of the story. Hence, the course familiarises students in the following roles:
- Directing ( Director, 1st Assistant Director, Script Supervisor)
- Cinematography (Director of Photography, Camera Operator)
- Sound (Sound Mixer, Boom Operator)
- Producing (Producer, Production Manager, Location Manager)
- Editing (Editor, Sound Designer)
- Scriptwriting (Screenwriter)
By the end of the course students will:
- Have a working understanding of everything from how to assess the dramatic and filmic merits of a script to adjusting the sound design of the final version of their film.
- Have gained practical skills in all major departments of filmmaking.
- Have hands on experience with Adobe products such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Developed a detailed understanding of the schedule and workflow required to make a high quality narrative short film.
- Have the opportunity to work alongside a Professional Director and DOP on your first film project.
- Gain invaluable collaborative skills and the professionalism necessary to pursue a career in film.
Students will have gained in excess of 2 film credits through the short films they write, direct, produce and crew on during their time on the course. These films are designed to provide the opportunity for students to apply the training they receive throughout the course. Student films are regularly submitted successfully to film festivals and can sometimes provide strong showreel material.
MODULE 1 - GROUP FILM(STAGE 1)
In the Group Film, students focus on visual storytelling as they develop their understanding of the fundamental nature of narrative and cinema, and receive a solid foundation in essential technical skills. Topics covered at this stage include Directing, visual storytelling, casting, shooting on location and post-production.
MODULE 2 - STUDIO FILM (STAGE 2)
This stage gives students the opportunity to develop, direct and edit a 1-2 minute film, shot in the Studio at the school. The focus is on directing a crew and actors and developing a communicable vision statement. Directors will learn how to prepare their approach thoroughly and how to communicate their vision with other Heads Of Departments and well as their cast. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding and ability to create, facilitate and direct ‘mise-en-scene’ i.e. Setting, Staging and Production Design.
MODULE 3 - INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT (STAGE 3)
With development of the final project script beginning in the first weeks of the course, by this stage students have a script that’s been developed to a workable draft. Once the project has been green-lit, after final script development and pre-production, students will have two days in which to shoot their films. The final weeks of the course are dedicated to post-production and feedback, with a screening event taking place at the end in our on-site Screening Theatre.