SUMMER FILM SCHOOL
Course Dates: Monday 3rd July - Friday 21st July (Core Teaching)
Over the course of six weeks each student will aim to complete a short documentary film of 5 to 10 minutes. With the proliferation of cheap broadcast quality cameras, editing software and powerful computers, self-shooting directors are in increasing demand. As a trained self-shooter you are not only able to make your own films, but you are also employable as a freelance filmmaker. The course is suitable for beginners who have had no formal filmmaking training, however it would also be beneficial for those wishing to expand their skills into the self-shooting mode or those who wish to brush up on their filmmaking skills.
In the first three weeks we will focus on building the technical and analytical skills needed to complete a documentary film project. Through a variety of a practical exercises you will learn to produce, direct, shoot and edit. These are the four core skills you need to master to become a successful self-shooting director. In addition we will have an in depth look at the art of filmmaking and you’ll have the chance to learn from some of the best in the field through several guest lectures.
After an intensive three weeks course, students will then have three weeks to complete their final project. During this period they will have access to the equipment and edit suites available at Open City Documentary Film School. There will be access to support in the forms on one-on-one tutorial during this period. On the last day there will be a final screening where students can share their work.
Please note that you will be required to bring two external hard-drives with you on the course.
Course costs: £1600
Course Tutor: Dieter Deswarte
Dieter Deswarte is an awarded Belgian documentary filmmaker based in London. He is a self-shooter with a defined personal aesthetic. His films have an intimate quality and explore the challenges and beauty of everyday life. In 2010 he graduated from the Goldsmiths University of London with a Masters degree in Screen Documentary. Since then he has been working as an independent filmmaker working on his own projects and developing content for different charities and arts organisations. His most recent film “St Helena, an end to isolation” was broadcast on the BBC News Channel as part of the “Our World” strand.
Guest Tutor: Marc Isaacs
Since 2001 Marc Isaacs has made more than 10 creative documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His films have won Grierson, Royal Television Society and BAFTA awards as well as numerous international film festival prizes. In 2006 he had a retrospective at the prestigious Lussas Documentary film festival in France and his work has been included in numerous documentary books and academic studies. In 2008, Marc received an honorary doctorate from the University of East London for his documentary work. Marc is a guest tutor at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway University. His latest film 'Outside the Court' recently screened as part of BBC Four's Justice season.