Introduction to Filmmaking

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A part-time evening short course available at:

This 10-week short course is perfect for students who are passionate about film and would like to explore different aspects of filmmaking in a fun, practical and creative manner. You will be given the opportunity to work with professional actors to shoot your first short film.

Using a combination of practical workshops, presentations and film analysis, the course will provide you with experience and support in writing for the screen, producing, shooting and editing broadcast-quality moving images, and understanding screen acting techniques from both actor and director perspectives.

This filmmaking part-time course includes:

  • Introduction to our HD cameras and sound kit
  • Introduction to screenwriting through analysis and creation of a 1 minute drama
  • Lighting and acting workshops
  • How to construct a scene: the mis-en-scene
  • The perfect pitch
  • Acting and the camera
  • Live shooting
  • Editing
  • Delivering a final cut
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Introduction to Filmmaking - Filmmaking at BIMM University Berlin

Thank you to Screen and Film School. Things are going great and I'm starting to shoot my first commercials and indie films as a cinematographer. Thanks for all the knowledge you've passed to me and Julian is a pretty awesome teacher.
Dan Blasterio

This part-time course is perfect for anyone who is either working or still in education, making it extremely convenient and easy to attend each week without committing to a longer or full-time period of study. After completing this 10-week introduction course, a large majority of students progress onto the nine month diploma, which is taught one day per week.

No previous experience in film is required as you will be introduced to all aspects of the process such as lighting, sound, editing and operating digital cameras. This evening short course is a terrific opportunity for film enthusiasts to dive into the world of filmmaking.

Please be aware that you will need computer literacy skills to be able to adapt to the editing software used efficiently. From week 3 and onward, at least one hour of the course each week is editing work.

Who teaches the Introduction to Filmmaking course?

Julian Kerridge began his career as an actor working extensively in Television and performing in seasons with the RSC and National Theatre. After the critical success of his first short film (Mr John) in 2005, he decided to retrain as a director.

Seamonsters is Julians debut feature film starring Rita Tushingham, Reece Noi, and Jack Mcmullen. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nantes Film festival 2012 and was nominated for best fiction film at the Austin film festival and at Raindance that year. Seamonsters can currently be seen on amazon prime. He also directed the internet drama series “Celia & Chloe” co-produced by Disney and watched by over three million people in seven countries.

Course Specification

Course: Introduction to Filmmaking (18+)

Mode of attendance: Part-time, Thursdays

Length of course: 10 weeks, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Campus delivery: Brighton

Start date: 19th September 2024

Next course date: 19th September – 21st November 2024



Students can progress directly onto the 9-month Filmmaking professional Diploma and then proceed into a career in the film, television and screen industry in areas such as producing, directing, screenwriting, sound, post-production, cinematography and first assistant directing.

Course Fees

Because we’re an industry-led practical film school, we’re uniquely positioned to offer outstanding value and quality to all our students. Course fees are currently £360 –  deposit of £100 is required to secure your place on the course.

This is a self-funded course.

Please note that this course is not available to international students.


Week 1

Introduction to camera theory, exposure theory & Balancing the light, Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO and Neutral Density. Achieving a shallow depth of field and adjusting colour temperature.

Week 2

Camera practical. Shoot stills in small groups with long and wide lenses, balancing depth of field, aperture, ISO shutter speed. View results at end of class

Week 3

Plan and shoot a short mute chronological sequence incorporating six shots.

The invisible cut + dynamic shot sequences.

Introduction to Editing. Assemble shot sequences.

Week 4

Sound Theory and Practical. Sound waves / Khz & Bit rate

Mechanics of the Microphone & audio capture. Short interview exercise with using sync sound/ clapper – sync Editing on FCPX

Week 5

Camera skills recap. How to cover a scene effectively. Angles, cutaways, crossing the line. The language and conventions of drama.

Deeper analysis of Premiere Pro. A brief introduction to STORY

Week 6

Four line dialogue, synch shoot on set in two groups directed by Julian with students as crew and actors. Prepare Pitches for next week

Week 7

Students Pitch 3-minute idea to be shot on the set in week 7/8

Pre-production starts on A and B

Week 8

Shoot Film ‘A”

Week 9

Shoot Film ‘B’. Edit Shoot A

Week 10

Final Edits on ‘A’ & ‘B’ and Screenings

Any questions?

For any questions regarding our courses or if you’d like more information on how to apply to Screen and Film School, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].


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