2018.01.23


Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate

Rated 4.50 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

$311.35

Raindance members get 20% off this course.

Next start date: Tuesday 23 January 2018, 6.30pm – 9pm
Duration:
 Five Tuesday evenings
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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Description

About the Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate

The filmmaking process, all in all, is made up of countless different steps and processes. Starting with development, financing, pre-production, production and post-production, distribution to name just a few. On the Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate Learn the fundamental skills and knowledge essential to making films – from the screenplay to the screen.

The five-week Tuesday evening course is designed to provide new filmmakers with the skills and knowledge required to tackle their first short or feature film and launch their filmmaking career. The course covers: writing for low-budget films, making movies with no money, the basics of film directing, and breaking into the film industry.

What you will learn on the Filmmakers Foundation Certificate

Week 1: Writing for Low Budget Films

How to get the most out of your script, locations and actors and also ensure these elements are in line with a low budget. Students will develop the tools to turn a script into a unique and saleable story.
With Elliot Grove

  • Writing for low budget films
  • Creating characters that grab the audience’s attention
  • Essentials of screen dialogue
  • Story structure explained

Week 2: Essentials of Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking

Making films can be very expensive but debut films are usually made on minuscule budgets. A successful filmmaker can make the ordinary seem extraordinary and offer exceptional production values.
With Elliot Grove

  • Finding and securing locations on a budget
  • Low-budget shooting tips
  • Working with crew and actors with little money
  • Negotiations and communication skills

Week 3: Director’s Toolkit

The relationship between the actor, cinematographer and director is the most important relationship on a film set. New directors need to learn to communicate their vision to their cast and crew in order to get the best results on screen.
With ChrisThomas

  • Finding a cast
  • Using and maximising the rehearsal process
  • On-set protocol
  • Basics of camera placement and shooting

Week 4: The Director’s Role

There are now more low-cost, high-quality editing suites and cameras available than ever before. Learn how to choose the right equipment and maximise its potential for the edit of your movie.
With ChrisThomas

  • Basics of the picture and image capture equipment
  • Introduction to digital video equipment
  • Working with sound
  • Limitations and benefits of desktop editing

Week 5: Breaking Into The Film Industry

If you really want to work in the film industry as a writer, director or producer, then your chances of success will succeed if you make a plan of attack.
With Elliot Grove

  • Creating a showreel
  • Presenting yourself: CV’s and query letters
  • How to break in as a writer, director or producer
  • Getting jobs in film crews: sound, camera, art department, post-production etc.

* Take this class on it’s own – book online here

What will you achieve?

On completion of the Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate, students will have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to then undertake their first short or feature film, or find work on a film set.

How will you be taught?

A mix of lecture-style and demonstration. In addition, there will also be some further reading and additional activities suggested.
Each week will include a simple homework assignment designed to reenforce the learning of each of the week’s classes. Upon completion all participants will receive a Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate suitable for framing.

Who should attend?

The Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate is suitable for beginner filmmakers, as well as those interested in finding out more about the filmmaking process. It is also suitable for those seeking to refresh or expand their existing knowledge.

What they’re saying

I loved hearing about simple techniques to make shoestring budget films look professional. The tutors had humorous anecdotes about their own experiences starting out making films. Also, he practical exercises were challenging and fun.
Stella Macdonald

The teachers were passionate, knowledgeable and informative. I just sat their glued to what they were saying, soaking it all up. On the whole, the experience totally rocked!
Glen MacKay

Did you know?

  • Raindance members save 20% on this course? You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately
  • This course is FREE for our HND and postgraduate/MA/ students
  • The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know at the break and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund
  • We don’t teach ‘filmmaking’ at Raindance. At Raindance we make filmmakers.

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4 reviews for

2018.01.23


Filmmaker’s Foundation Certificate

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mike O

    I enjoyed this course A LOT! The tutors were engaging and experienced and they added this throughout the content so making this personal and value-added. Even though I’ve been involved in video maing for some time I still found new ideas and new ways to look at familiar ideas through this course. I did the course online with little problem – notes were emailed in advance and we had our own little online learners community going on. If you’re thinking about taking this course my advice would be DO IT! It’s a great way to network and meet people with experience and enthusiasm for all things film and video – maybe just like yourself!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joan Ventura (verified owner)

    I enjoyed all the lessons and it gave me a pretty good understanding about what film making is about. It was a very good overview for beginners.
    I am looking forward to doing more courses in Raindance to start learning the specifics (writing, directing, production…)
    If you love all about cinema and don’t know how to start, this is your initiation course.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Nelson

    I was lucky enough to attend the Filmmakers and Directors Foundation run by Elliot and Chris. I have a background in VFX and even though I’ve had a lot of exposure to film and many hours on set, I never really felt I obtained the full knowledge required to put my filmmaking into practice.

    Both Elliot and Chris are both engaging and entertaining and are happy to share their many years of experience.

    The course is catered for many different levels of experience and is broken down in a way that is easily understood. I thoroughly enjoyed the courses, and I feel it’s given me the tools that I need to go out there and become a filmmaker.

    I cannot recommend these courses highly enough.

    Paul Nelson
    CG Build Supervisor

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Øyvind

    This course is both brilliant if you know nothing and if you know something about about filmmaking. The lectures move fast but covers the most important areas and gives room for questions to lecturers that work in the industry. A great way to explore a career in film and create a network of likeminded filmmakers.

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