Introduction to Film-Making (PLA)

Students on this course could be eligible for funding help through Welsh Government's Personal Learning Accounts (PLAs). A PLA allows you to access free training on selected courses, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Check out our PLA page to see if you can apply.

Course Overview

Week 1: The basics

  • Introduction to the camera, tripods, memory cards, downloading video, editing software

Week 2: Making a film montage

  • 10 second film-making: 10 shots, 10 different camera shot-types (EST, LS, MS, CU, etc.), download, edit in sequence

Week 3: Storyboarding and making a (silent) narrative film

  • Using a storyboard for pre-production of a film shoot. Leading to…
  • 10 second narrative film. Todorov film structure – balance, disruption, acknowledgement of disruption, struggle, new balance – minimum six shots, minimum six shot types. Download and edit

Week 4: Making a narrative film with sound – part one

  • 10 second narrative film with diegetic sound (actor voices, on-screen sound) and non-diegetic sound (soundtrack/voiceover) – as week 3: six shots, Todorov structure, six shot types

Weeks 5 and 6: Storyboarding and making a narrative film with sound - part two

  • Storyboarding a 20 second film, including where sound/track is needed
  • 20 second narrative film with sound. Minimum 12 shots, six shot-types per film.
  • Film must include a (minimum three second) flashback and be stylised differently from the rest of the film through colour / edit / camera effects and sound.

Week 6: Screenings of films to group

Weeks 7 - 10: Short film-making – the discipline

  • Extending the 20 sec film of weeks 5/6 to a one minute film with a three act structure

Added March 2021

Course deliverable in Welsh:

Detailed Course Information

Where and when can I study?

Start Date: Tue 11 Jan 2022 | Course Code: ZA439 ETB2 | Cost: £0

Level -   Tue   5-7.30pm   16 weeks   Tycoch