Identify the key ingredients involved in building compelling and meaningful stories
Reflect critically about the ethical practice of film and filmmaking
Describe and analyse a range of filmmaking concepts, practicalities and techniques from pre- to post-production
Reflect upon and apply these concepts, practicalities and techniques to the development of a short form digital film
The University of Birmingham, the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset have combined forces, to create this four-week, free online course.
It will look at filmmaking theory and practice, and how they interact to produce good and even meaningful stories, helping you develop short films for digital platforms.
Whether fact or fiction, there are many principles and processes that make a story work on film, so that what viewers see is more than just a sequence of events, but is instead a compelling narrative, which holds their attention, makes them think and keeps them coming back for more.
We will cover all aspects of production – from how to research your story to adding the finishing touches in the edit. The course will address many issues along the way, including critical thinking; story structure; style; genre; ethics; legalities; practical techniques for camera, sound and lighting; and more.
Critical understandings of storytelling, meaning making and all aspects of production
Structuring and designing effective narratives: style, genre and digital films
Pre-production: research, ethics, legalities and planning
Filmmaking Techniques: ethical practice, sound, lighting, framing, interviewing
Post-production: editing and online distribution
This course is for those who want to start creating and distributing their own film content online.
You could be a graduate or already working within the television industry, either as a new entrant or an established freelancer wanting to expand your skillset.
You may have hobbies, places, causes or a business that you wish to promote online. It’s for anyone who has a story to tell and wants to use the medium of film to tell it, but doesn’t quite know where to start.