WEEK 1 - PRE PRODUCTION
DAY 1 CAMERA THEORY + LENSES. EXPOSURE TESTS
Morning : Introduction to camera / exposure theory. Colour temperature. Framing, depth of field, lens choice.
Afternoon: Camera practical. Shoot in small groups with long and wide lenses balancing depth of field, aperture, ISO shutter speed. View results at end of day.
DAY 2 CUT IN CAMERA + SIMPLE EDIT + SOUND INTRO
Morning: Plan and shoot a short mute chronological sequence using six shots. Incorporate The invisible cut + dynamic shot sequences.
Afternoon: Introduction to Editing. Assemble shot sequences. Sound Intro.
DAY 3 COVERING A SEQUENCE, PLANNING AND STORYBOARDING
Morning: Sound Practical. Group exercise shooting Interviews with each other. Synch Sound using FCPX
Afternoon: How to cover a scene effectively. Angles, cutaways, crossing the line
DAY 4 TEST SHOOT DRAMA SCENES WITH SYNCH SOUND
Morning: Make shot list / Storyboard for scenes. Rehearse Actors + Crew
Afternoon: Shoot two Test shoots for simple scenes with group split in half
DAY 5 CUT SEQUENCES AND PITCH STORIES FOR NEXT WEEK
Morning: Cut test shoots. Using Synch sound/ clapper – Advanced Synch Editing on FCPX
Afternoon: The Principals of Screenwriting. Ideas workshops and exercises to prepare for next weeks Pitching . Pre – Pitching session
WEEK 2 - PRODUCTION
DAY 6 PITCH DAY
Morning : Students pitch individually or in Pairs. Crew-up for end of course short films
Afternoon: Pre –Production meetings with camera and sound tests. Casting and Locations
DAY 7 PLANNING THE SHOOT
Morning : ‘Working with Actors’ workshop using scripted dialogue and improvisation. Incorporating - Blocking , camera angles, coverage and continuity.
Afternoon: Final Script development. Pre –Production with Recces / Final Casting and Exercise editing - with advanced editing techniques using FCPX
DAY 8 TEST SHOOT DAY
Morning : Final Pre-Production documents assembled. Call sheets. Release Forms. Risk Assessment forms
Afternoon: Test shoots or pre-shoots on set / location or actors rehearsal. Volunteers – for next weeks “Shooting from the Hip” Quick Doc Project.
DAY 9 DRAMA SHOOT DAY 1
DAY 10 DRAMA SHOOT DAY 2
WEEK 3 - POST PRODUCTION + QUICK DOCS
Morning: First Assembly of final films. Syncing and Workflow established
Afternoon: Documentary Team Assembled + Projects decided for ‘Shooting from the Hip’
Morning : Short Film viewings and an overview of editors workflow and technique with
video material from Walter Murch. Short film viewings
Afternoon: All Students Editing Drama shorts and Exercises. Docs In Pre-production
Morning: Documentary Team on Location with ‘Shooting from the Hip
Afternoon: All Students on camera tests or Editing Drama shorts and Exercises
Morning: ‘Straight 8’ Cut in Camera exercise
Afternoon: All Students Editing Drama shorts and Exercises and Documentaries
Morning: Final cuts – Sound Mixing – Colour grading and outputting
Afternoon: Final Film Screenings from the course