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Our Courses - August to October 2003

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Three Day Intensive Filmmaking (3 days, 2 Saturdays and 1 Sunday)
From Story to Screen (either 8 weeks, 4 weeks or evenings)
Complete Script Development - Shorts (Thur and Frid evenings over 8 weeks)
Complete Script Development - Features (1 weekend, 6 evenings, 1-to-1 sessions)
Young Filmmakers Workshop (3 days)
Young Filmmakers Academy (2 weeks, Monday to Friday)
Make a Movie in a Day! (all day Saturday)

Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentThree Day Intensive Filmmaking £495
(3 days, 2 Saturdays and 1 Sunday)
This practical three-day course provides a hands-on introduction for individuals who are considering a career in film or television. It is also invaluable for home moviemaking enthusiasts who want to advance their skills. The course covers the basics of direction, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing and will provide you with technical knowledge in each of these areas. In addition you will learn how a sequence of shots can be used to tell a story and convey meaning. You will also direct, shoot and edit a series of three short films, building upon your previous experience each time. On the final day you will collaborate on a longer film with professional actors. Each of your films will be screened, discussed and lastly sent to you on a DVD after the course.

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Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentFrom Story to Screen
(either 8 weeks, 4 weeks or evenings)

Do you want to learn how to write, direct and edit on the best available short course in the UK? Developed in partnership with the National Film and Television School, From Story to Screen has been designed to provide aspiring writers, directors and producers with practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of narrative filmmaking. Furthermore, any good film made on the course has the opportunity for distribution through our partner City Screen, owner of the largest art house cinema group in the UK. No previous filmmaking experience is required.

From Story to Screen is taught by industry professionals who are as passionate about teaching as they are about film. But don’t expect to sit still. Most of the time you will “learn by doing” in a series of modules broken down into carefully-designed practical workshops. Each workshop builds upon your previous experience, and you will quickly realise that your mistakes are as important as your successes.

The full course lasts eight weeks fulltime and contains the four core modules of Scriptwriting, Camera and Sound, Editing and Working with Actors. There are also two additional modules which provide you with expert support to help you make a professional-quality film: Script Development and Professional Production.

Alternatively you can take the four core modules of Screenwriting, Camera and Sound, Editing and Working with Actors fulltime over four weeks or alternatively three evenings a week over ten weeks. You will still have the opportunity to develop and make a short film but with the assistance of other students in your class. If you decide to take the four week or evening course you can always return at a later date to make a professionally-supported film by taking the Script Development and Professional Production modules.

Testimonial: 'I had the time of my life. Years I'd waited to find an infrastructure where I could indulge my passion for film under the supervision of pros - an arena so sadly lacking in this country. Thanks to you and your team, and I look forward to staying in touch with you guys and the friends I made on the course. I have no doubt that the Metropolitan Film School will go from strength to strength, and deservedly so.' David Lobatto

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Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentComplete Script Development - Shorts £995
(Thurs and Frid evenings over 8 weeks)
Do you intend to write a short film script but want first to learn the fundamentals of storytelling for the screen? Are you working on a short film idea and do you want to maximize the potential of your story? Do you have a short film script which you would like to develop into a final draft with the support of professional script editors? "Complete Script Development – Shorts" has been designed for you. Delivered in partnership with the National Film and Television School it's both a course and an opportunity to develop a short screenplay with the guidance and feedback of a unique writer / director team.

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Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentComplete Script Development - Features £2995
(1 weekend, 6 evenings, 1-to-1 sessions)
Complete Script Development – Features provides comprehensive, long-term support for individuals who are ready to embark on the challenging yet thrilling experience of writing a feature length screenplay. Over an eight-month period, you will develop your ideas, synopses, treatments and first draft screenplay – all within an interactive and collaborative environment. Citing examples from the international marketplace, our instructors will show how films that succeed do not simply follow formulas but tell good, interesting and authentic stories with universal appeal. The programme consists of a mix of workshops, one-to-one coaching, as well as group sessions where you’ll receive feedback from fellow members. In addition there will be a number of seminars covering screenwriting techniques and story analysis.

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Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentYoung Filmmakers Workshop £295
(3 days)
Young Filmmakers Workshop is a three-day course that aims to provide young people (aged between 14 and 18 years old) with a thorough, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of filmmaking. The course covers the basics of direction, cinematography, lighting, sound and editing. Students will learn how a sequence of shots can be used to tell a story and convey meaning; they will also direct, shoot and edit two scenes of increasing complexity, building upon previous experience each time. On the final day they will collaborate on a longer film with professional actors. Each film will be screened, discussed and lastly sent out on a DVD after the course.

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Course title - Complete Script DevelopmentYoung Filmmakers Academy £995
(2 weeks, Monday to Friday)
This two-week course has been designed for young people (14 to 18 years old) who want to make a film during their summer holiday. Supported at every stage by industry professionals – often in intensive one-to-one tutorials – they will learn how to write scenes, use a camera to tell stories, edit on computers and work with actors. The course culminates in the making of a film which will be screened to friends and family at a Picturehouse cinema. Filmmaking is fun but it is also a challenge that requires discipline and a good sense of responsibility. In addition it is an opportunity to develop organisational skills and learn how to work effectively as part of a team. For this reason, potential applicants should be aware that they will need to work hard, often under significant time pressures.


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Course title - Learn to Shoot and Edit: 1Make a Movie in a Day! £195
(all day Saturday)
In this course you'll experience the rush and excitement of film production, as you work against the clock to direct, shoot and edit a short comedy within a day. We'll supply guidance, a script, cameras, editing equipment and experienced actors – it's then up to you and your team to do the rest. At the end of the day the edited scenes from each team will be combined to complete the film, and you'll be rewarded with a screening of the results. This course is an intensive, instructive and enjoyable introduction to narrative filmmaking and at the end you'll receive a DVD as proof of your achievement.

Film School Student
Testimonial: 'Just a brief note to say how good I found the film course on Saturday - I learnt a fantastic amount and really enjoyed myself.' Tim Williams

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