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There is an old saying that everyone has at least one book in them.

Today however, it is just as easy to get that story out and onto the screen as it is onto a page.

Did we say easy?

Of course it's not easy. It takes hard work - but at the same time, there has never been a better time to do it.

It does not matter whether you are interested in making comedy, drama, music videos or documentaries, or simply using your camera or camera phone to record the real world. Equipment is, relatively speaking, cheaper than it has ever been in the past and cameras that would have once cost millions (even if their quality existed) are now down to hundreds or thousands of pounds.

What most people lack, is the tried and tested skills that are needed to get a story out of the head, develop it, produce it, polish it and distribute it.

That is where we come in.

The Digital Storytellers Academy delivers lessons in various Digital Skills, ranging from initially developing, writing and producing your film, to the process of designing the environments and making the film itself. Once you 'have it in the can', we also show you how to finish it - even the greatest blockbuster often looks like a home-movie until it enters the editing suite and another set of skilled hands start to play with it.

Once you have a final production, how do you get people to see it? We not only show you how to get your work seen on the internet, we also have our own mini-festivals and screenings, as well as both local and [at least planned] national competitions.

But it does not stop there.

One of the important things about digital filmmaking, is that those skills are also useful in other areas of media production, ranging from interactive media like VR to games development - all of which are in DSA's range of specialist and optional modules.

The Digital Storytellers Academy is the perfect place to hone your skills using our internal certification program as well as building portfolio pieces for academic courses in college and university. You get hands-on experience with a range of equipment - from simple Handycams to Digital Film cameras used in the production of major motion pictures.

You can't make be a filmmaker unless you actually make a film. And we'll be driving you to make many of them.

Who knows, you may even make a career of it.

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