While many students choose to focus on filmmaking as the use of a camera, there are many skills associated with filmmaking - many of which end up being more attractive than being behind the camera.
Some skills required for filmmakers, and which are taught at the Academy include:
Without a doubt, the most important feature of capturing a good image in the camera, both in terms of quality and emotional meaning to the production, is the application of light to the set or location that you are filming. Our lighting classes will ensure that students know all of the basics of lighting, how it works and how a lighting setup is designed.
If you speak to a sound engineer, they may tell you that 50% of a good film is the sound. That is actually an exaggeration, but it is certainly getting there - bad sound instantly detracts from the film itself and viewers feel that they are watching a bad film because of one bad feature. The sound engineer modules will make sure that you know what a sound engineer does, how to use typical equipment and ensure that you get good sound for your production.
Set / Location Management
Any good production - either in film and tv or on the stage, or other non-creative event - only works when being correctly controlled by a responsible management team. Our set management modules will ensure that you know how to control a set or location shoot, health and safety, and what to do in the event of problems. A Set and Location Manager has never been so important since the Coronavirus pandemic, and shoots are only restarting because of good set and location management rules in place!
Hitchcock once said, "To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script, and the script.”
It is very easy to make a bad film from a great script, but it is nigh on impossible to make a good film from a bad script. In our Screenwriting modules, we'll go through the ways in which you can develop your story, write a script that is appropriate to the media and genre you are trying to develop, and what you do and do not put into the pages.
Ultimately, it is the Director's vision that we will see on screen even though it will be influenced, modified and have the personal styles of many people imprinted on it before it is finished. It is the directors job to take the script and oversee its transition onto the screen, directing their will on the design, cinematography and acting performed in front of the camera. In the Directing modules, we will show you what a director really does, and how to try to be a good one!
There has always been a false impression by the public that the Director is the top of the tree in regards to film production, but this is not true. Ultimately, the Producer is at the top of the management, is responsible for bringing together all of the elements to get the film made, and even hires the Director to do the job - the Director can be fired from the team, in just the same way as any employee. In our Production modules, we will look at what a Producer should be doing, and what he should not - it is always tempting to overstep the creative boundaries.