Hands On 2 Week Intensive Film School

(3 customer reviews)


Next start date: Saturday 5th October 2019 
2 weeks, variable times.
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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2 weeks of hands-on learning and filmmaking in London

See what our 2018 students did HERE

Want to make a film and don’t know where to start? The Hands On 2 Week Intensive Film School is an intensive hands-on course hosted by the world famous Raindance Film Festival in the heart of London. This two-week workshop is taught by some of the industry’s top tutors.

Learn how to how to write, produce and shoot your very own short film. Included are professional workshops on screenwriting, producing and directing a short film,  a one day Acting Masterclass and a 2 day Directing Masterclass. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes in Cinematography, writing and directing.

For more information call us 020 7930 3412 to discuss how the Hands On 2 Week Film School can enhance your career.

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Who should attend Hands On 2 Week Intensive Film School

Anyone with the ambition of learning how to write, direct and produce a film, completed at industry standard. No previous experience is required.

Course Description

Raindance believes the best way to learn how to drive a car is to drive one! During this course, you will get real hands-on practical experience led by industry professionals.

Learn the fundamentals of filmmaking from production to post-production. You’ll have the chance to experiment with creating a film from script to post production and experimental filmmaking focusing on sound, lighting and editing. The practical skills you learn will help you launch a career in film or moving image.

*This course is suitable for you if you are applying for further study on the Raindance HND Level 5 in Moving Image, but does not guarantee entry.

Please note that class times vary between 10.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday with optional weekends and evening classes included.

Topics Covered

  • Current practices and context
  • Documentary and fiction filmmaking
  • Cameras and film skills
  • 360/VR
  • Sound and lighting
  • Special effects
  • Editing
  • Film project
  • Presentation and feedback

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand editing basics enabling you to edit your own short films
  • Master basic sound recording and editing techniques
  • Learn how professional films are budgeted and scheduled
  • Discover the tips professional filmmakers use to sell and distribute their films
  • Have the confidence to make your own films.

The Tutors

Each of our tutors is a working filmmaker who knows how to teach.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has directed over fifty TV commercials and three feature films. His directing debut was the horror movie LIGHTHOUSE which was released theatrically in 2002. He subsequently became a much sought after commercials director before returning to features with Edward R Pressman’s visual effects-laden, sci-fi movie The Mutant Chronicles in 2008.In 2016 Simon directed his passion project, Edie which took the Edinburgh International Film Festival by storm.

Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for Raindance and other organisations.

Justin Shevlin

Justin Shevlin originally trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (now Central School of Speech and Drama) and upon graduation joined the Royal Shakespeare Company under the Artistic Directorship of Adrian Noble. Justin is a freelance filmmaker and has directed viral adverts, music videos and corporate films for the advertising agency Blueprint-London. He’s been teaching the Raindance HND courses since last year.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills. He has created classes both practical and inspirational. The camera classes he runs place weight upon storytelling and understanding visual grammar from a psychological and creative perspective.

As a teacher, Chris, has always prioritised clear communication of the techniques he has learnt and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He believes learning is a two-way process and as a filmmaker it never ends, however there is a place to begin and his courses offer up an opportunity to do so.

Ufuk Gky

Ufuk Gky is an independent filmmaker & freelance videographer with over a decade of experience in creative visual production. He’s been actively involved in film education and have taught with institutes such as the New Film Academy, Al Jazeera, Istanbul Media Academy, London Film School, and more recently with the National Youth Film Academy. This summer is his first time teaching at Raindance.

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3 reviews for


Hands On 2 Week Intensive Film School

  1. Dr Carolyn Currie (verified owner)

    Have been studying all aspects of film production and scripting and this course taught me more in 2 weeks than my formal courses did in 18 months

  2. Lula (verified owner)

    I didn’t realize how much could be learned, and accomplished, in such a short amount of time! Very fortunate that I got to study under Charlotte, and thankful for all the diverse classmates that made the experience uniquely insightful. Definitely glad I came.

  3. Hugo Santa Cruz

    I came in with a curious mind, I left with momentous inspiration. I don’t know what I’ll get up to but in my mindset there’s definitely a before and after Raindance and all of the lovely people who make it real. Thank you.

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