3 MONTH FILMMAKERS COURSE - Course Content & Dates:
The course starts on Tuesday 30TH May 2017
Location AFB 113 Flinders Street. Melbourne CBD VIC
All Photos are from our Film Set, our new 100 minute Movie Sipernatural Thriller "Tabernacle 101".
Tuesday Night May 30th 2017: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Introduction and Scriptwriting: Teacher: Colm O'Murchu & Sean Smith
- ⇀ Introduction to teacher and course participants
- ⇀ Course Overview and objectives-High level overview of the film production process and the excitement of making your first short film
- ⇀ How to format a script-This is an essential part of filmmaking and will provide you with the tools required to write and format scripts professionally
- ⇀ Scriptwriting tools and software (how to use free tools,saving you software license costs)
- ⇀ Introduction to the language of filmmaking. The Film Shots-introducing to shot types and how to use these as a director
Tuesday Night June 6th 2017: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Teacher - Sean Smith for all following sessions unless stated otherwise.
Creating the story: 6 hours completedLocation: L 2, 16 Palmer Parade, Cremorne VIC Teacher: Sean Smith
Story Invention Workshop. In this session we create the Story for the Film Production. The teacher will show you exactly how to create a story that grabs your audience.
⇀ Story Ideas Brainstorm
⇀ Plot the story-the key plot points
⇀ We demonstrate how to write a short film using the Improv Technique ⇀
⇀ Three Dimensional Character Creation
⇀ High Stakes Objectives
⇀ Adding Conflict to your story
Result: By 9.30pm we will have developed an eight to ten minute short film story.
Voluntary Homework: Write the first draft script of the story.
Over the years we have found the results of the above techniques have produced a strong short film story for emerging or beginner filmmakers.
After class drinks Social at a local venue (Allow $5 for a drink). This is voluntary and intended to help the group bond and allow you to talk film with your new team!
Tuesday June 13th : 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: L2, 16 Palmer Parade, Cremorne VIC 3121. Teacher: S ean Smith
In this session everyone will be introduced to the mechanics of a film scene and film equipment. You will use the camera to shoot a scene, getting to feel how it works and what is needed for a Professional Shoot.
- ⇀ The dynamics of a scene. Shots & coverage,crew setup,the'MasterShot'and directingyour actors.
- ⇀ Introduction to the'calls' of a professional film crew
- ⇀ Camera Equipment:Play with the 4K Blackmagic URSA mini Camera with Professional Rig including
- ⇀ Matte Box and A-B Hard Stop Follow Focus and lenses.
- ⇀ Lighting Equipment:Lights, Gels, Spun Reflectors and Scrims
- ⇀ Professional Sound Equipment:Lapel Microphone, Shotgun Microphone with Boom Pole and Pistol Grip
- ⇀Result: By the end of the session, you will have a foundation for using film equipment and how to use it to shoot a scene.
Tuesday Night June 20th : 6.30pm - 9.30pm
⇀ How to focus effectively using Focus Chart and pull focus
⇀ How to check exposure⇀ How to compose/frame your shots
⇀ Camera movement:Tilt & Pan using a tripod
⇀ Camera movement:Handheld with a shoulde rrig
⇀ When to use Prime Lenses and when to use Zoom Lens. The Session will end with Shooting an Interview with 3 different Camera Shot
Tuesday Night June 27th 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: L2, 16 Palmer Parade, Cremorne VIC 3121. Teacher: S ean Smith as always unless otherwise outlined
6.30pm 7.30pm Script selection & Casting setup
At the start of class the successful script will be announced. From here we will discuss the characters in the script and set up a casting call.
⇀ How to set up a casting call:
⇀ We show you how we get the bestActors into theCasting session
7.30pm 9.30pm Sound Department
The Sound Session: Learning how to use Professional Sound Equipment on location, including: ⇀ Sound basics
⇀ Shotgun Microphone & Boompole
⇀ Wind Sock
⇀ Wireles sTransmitter sand Receivers with Lapel Microphones
⇀ XLR Inputs on the Camera
⇀ Setting the right sound levels and monitor in sound on set
The Session ends with shooting a scene focusing on correctly recording sound, including static subject dialogue and moving subjects.
Tuesday Night July 4th 6.30pm - 9.30pm
18 hours complete
The Lighting Session: Learning how to use professional lighting and gaffer equipment to light your scenes.
⇀ Basics of film lighting (3,2,1 point lightng and effects)
⇀ Lighting for exposure vs lighting for mood & effect
⇀ Using natura llight
⇀ Lighting with set lights: Dedolights, Fresnels, LEDs and Redheads
⇀ Using Gels& Diffusion with lights
We will experiment with lighting different scenes trying to create different looks and moods just by changing the lighting setup.
PRE PRODUCTION - PREPARING THE SHOOT FOR THE COURSE MOVIE
Casting your film: 22 hours completed
Casting Night: Live auditions with real actors. Tonight we have a real live Casting with real actors. You will get to:
- ⇀ Learn the process of casting actors professionally
- ⇀ Set up the Lights and Camera for casting.
- ⇀ Camera operators will be rotated through out the night
- ⇀ Actors should be scheduled for 10minutes lots
- ⇀ You will direct the actors during their audition,assisting them to provide their best performance
Result: You will learn how to cast a film effectively by doing it for real for your short film. This is a favourite session for many students as it is the first opportunity in the course to direct actors and see the characters come to life.
Tuesday Night July 18th: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
⇀ How to prepare a schedule and a Call Sheet
⇀ Working with actors and how to provide effective direction
⇀ Confirm actors are booked for rehearsal sessionon
Saturday July 23rd. 10am - 4pm Practical Saturday
Tuesday July 25th 6.30pm - 9.30pm
- ⇀ Final Shoot Preparations; How to prepare for shooting.
- ⇀ Direct or preparation: Shot listing and story boarding
- ⇀ Director preparation:Learning your scenes,understanding the motivation of your character sand preparing to direct your actors performances
- ⇀ Preproduction: Finalising remaining details such as:Locations,Extras,Props,Wardrobe,Set dressing
In addition to preparing to shoot, we will invite the core cast (actors) to attend a rehearsal session.
This session will focus on assisting the actors in their preparation for the shoot and expose you to working with actors.
SECTION THREE: PRODUCTION “THE SHOOT”
Saturday July 29th : 8am - 5pm
Film Shoots are on Location: Locations can be a shop or hotel or park or any variable of a film location. This is a very exciting day where one is on a real shoot and real film . Teacher Sean Smith
The Film Shoot Day 1 - On Location.
Today you will work as a crew member. Every person revolves through the crew roles over the 3 shooting days.
Revolving Crew roles you will take on:
- Focus Puller
- Sound Recordist
- Producton Runner/ A
Shoot review: 63 hours completed
Teacher: Sean Smith
⇀ Review the“rushes”-raw footage from the shoot
⇀ Review of the shoot and lessons learnt
⇀ Review directors preparation
⇀ Review blocking & direction
⇀ Review of communication with department heads
THE SHOOT: Day Two: 51 hours completed
On Location: Set location - TBA Teacher: Sean Smith
⇀ Your second day working as a crew member on a real film.
⇀ Crew roles continue to rotate over the 3 shooting days.
Sunday August 6th 8am - 6pm
THE SHOOT: Day Three: 60 hours completed.
Today the Crew shoot on their own on Day 3. Your last day working as a crew member on the film. Crew roles continue to rotate for the final shoot day, but the crew will be running this shoot almost completely solo. This is 100% hands-on practical and everyone is required to help make the film.
SECTION FOUR: POST PRODUCTION
Saturday August 12th : 10am - 1pm
Film editing Session 1
Location change Teacher change : International House, 241 Royal Parade Parkville, Ronald Cowan room
Teacher: Vanessa Cox.
In the studio, editing begins on the film. You will learn how a film is edited and how to use professional editing software and how to work with an editor.
⇀ Adobe Premiere Pro Software and a tour of it. Why you should use the software
⇀Learning Editing via Tutorials on Adobe Premier Pro Site
⇀ We edit the first scene of the film
You can request the footage from the film shoot and edit
Saturday August 19th : 10am - 1pm
Film editing Session 2
Vanessa Cox works with the fine cut of the film on this Saturday.
Saturday August 26th 11.00am - 5.00pm
Sound Postproduction: 76 hours completed.
Location change Teacher change : John Hresc - Base Studios 7 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne
Location: The Base Recording Studio, 7 Yarra Place, South Melbourne Teacher: J ohn Hresc
Sound Post Session Channel 9 Sound Post Expert John Hresc cleans and mixes the sound in the studio, showing you how to:
⇀ How to clean up dialogue.
⇀ Using ADR to replace location dialogue.
⇀ Where to place Sound Effects & Foley.
⇀ Mixing Music and Sound Tracks.
This is a wonderful final technical session where the course participant learns the importance of Sound and sees the film in its completed phase for the first time with music and seamless sound track.
SCREENING YOUR FILM , CERTIFICATES & FUTURE DIRECTIONS
Monday September 4th: 6.30pm till late
Location change Teacher Change Colm O'Murchu: 80 hours completed
Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Place Melbourne Teacher and Owner of AFB: C olm O’Murchu
6:30 8:30pm: Final Session
In this final class, veteran filmmaker Colm O’Murchu will take you through the essentials of being a filmmaker and how to take your passion beyond this course, including:
⇀ Making your next film
⇀ Where to from here?
⇀ Film financing & Film festivals.
⇀ The road to being a professional, paid filmmaker
⇀ Independent Film Club and how it works
8:30pm - 10pm Screening the film and CertifIcates
After class finishes, we will screen the finished film and hand out course certificates to everyone who has successfully completed the course.
⇀ Screening of the Finished Film
⇀ Mixer Social and Celebratio