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Smartphone movie making: Saturday short - Morley College, London

Smartphone movie making: Saturday short - Morley College, London

About the Course

Everyone with a Smartphone already has access to an HD video camera capable of shooting great film! This course teaches you to plan, shoot, edit and launch a short film using a Smartphone or DSLR as your main video camera.

There is no longer the need for expensive, cumbersome equipment to shoot good film. Everyone with a Smartphone or DSLR Camera already has access to an HD video camera. Furthermore, many well-known filmmakers are now using Smartphone devices to make their own short movies, including Sin City director Robert Rodriguez. There is even a channel on YouTube dedicated to this medium. This practical course teaches you how to plan, shoot, edit and launch a short film using a Smartphone or DSLR as your main video camera. You will learn how to professionally plan your idea, compose and shoot HD quality footage, then edit the sequence to produce a finished film, ready to launch to your worldwide audience!

By the end of the course you will be able to
Know a range of filmmaking models and approaches relating to short films
Gain an understanding of the type of footage needed to tell your story
Know how to plan (carry out pre-production) and create a storyboard for a film
Be able to apply skills and knowledge to set up and shoot footage for a short film
Know how to import and organise video clips into a video sequence
Be able to add, edit and sync sound to a video sequence
Know how to create and apply text titling to a video sequence
Be able to export a self contained film into an appropriate video format
Upload a finished video sequence (short film) to an online platform
Class format and activities
The course will start with a series of workshops, where you will learn about filming techniques, eg: storyboarding, setting up shots, framing, lighting a scene, etc. And in small groups, analyse and discuss video sequences and how they have been put together. Then through a series of exercises, you will learn how to set-up, import and edit a film sequence using Premiere Pro. Following this, you will learn about adding transitions, effects, sound and encoding (streaming) video.

You will then begin working on your own short film project, utilising these new skills and techniques. The tutor will provide one-to-one guidance through each phase of this process (pre-production, production & post-production) and hold regular group discussions and Q&A sessions relating to each of these phases. The tutor will also provide online resources and information, and give regular feedback on your progress. At the end of the course there will a screening session, when the class will have an opportunity to watch and discuss all of the films that have been produced during the course. There will be the opportunity to submit the best films to the iPhone film festival or other such Smartphone film festivals.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
No, although you will need to own a Smartphone or DLSR and have a genuine interest in this subject area. You will ideally have some experience of using a computer but this aspect will be taught in class. The ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!

What you need to know before you enrol
You should also have access to the Internet at home and be comfortable with using it to practice and access course resources. Some project work may be shot on location, not far from the College so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

What you will need for your class
Please bring in your Smartphone, with at least 3GB memory remaining.
It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive, for storage during the course and final export of your work at the end. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this. An A4 lever arch file or folder to store your notes and handouts.

What you can do next:
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Pedro Diego at Morley College London
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London
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