Practical Filmmaking Diploma (DipHE)

Sophie Habib-Deloncle

  • “I was supported by Met in building my career in the industry and given the opportunity to work on my first feature: Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Vinterberg”
    Sophie Habib-Deloncle Practical Filmmaking Diploma, 2012
This 17 month programme is aimed at students who wish to have an immersive and highly practical filmmaking experience. Those studying this programme will make their own short film, documentary and collaborate on a project for the small screen. Students will also make their own opening sequence to a genre feature film, develop an understanding of film movements and be introduced to multi-camera filming, lighting, sound and vision-mixing concepts for live and as-live productions. During the Practical Filmmaking Diploma programme students develop an understanding of the production and technical processes relevant to the Film and TV industries. Delivered by industry professionals, students are taught ways of conceptualising and evaluating their work through the creation of filmed artefacts. Students gain knowledge of the ethical and regulatory frameworks that affect film and TV production.

Modules

Foundations in Filmmaking
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Foundations in Filmmaking

This module provides students with a grounding in all aspects of practical filmmaking from original concept to delivery - covering the creative, technical and logistical aspects of filmmaking. We focus on giving students a working knowledge of film grammar as well as an understanding of industry conventions and the importance of professional on set behaviour. We place great emphasis on narrative storytelling and script development, techniques in pre-production planning; how to direct actors; screen history and meaning; how to use a digital camera; lighting; sound; editing and post-production. The module culminates in each student directing their own 3 minute short film exercise. In this exercise students demonstrate their writing, directing and editing skills. This module also provides students with the tools for self-development and self-reflection.

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Making Short Films

This module brings together the craft and creative skills taught in the previous module by requiring students to engage with the process of professional film production through the making of a short film on location. This module will take students through the entire process from the writing of a screenplay to the editing of a film.

Through workshops, seminars and tutorials this module provides students with the opportunity to focus on the key areas of film production with the aim of presenting a production portfolio for a short film.

In order to develop their creative sensibilities and professional understanding of writing and directing, students will be asked to direct and edit a short film. They will also be asked to act as crew in a variety of production roles to demonstrate that they can combine creativity and applied craft skills while working as a committed member of a production team. Students will be required to write a formatted screenplay as well as presenting a production portfolio before their shoot.

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Professional Practice

This module introduces students to various film, TV and new media formats both fiction and non-fiction.

Students will make their own documentary film exploring interview and observational techniques under the guidance of an experienced documentary filmmaker. Students will develop a critical awareness of documentary texts and the documentary tradition, which will inform their work as documentary filmmakers. Students will also pitch a proposal for their documentary film to an industry panel before embarking on shooting their documentary film.

During Small Screen Production students will develop an in-depth knowledge of TV production techniques, covering technical, production and creative skills that are used to produce programmes such as TV drama serials. Students will work collaboratively on a single programme, devised by the group in response to the brief set by the tutor who will act as executive producer. Students will be encouraged to be innovative rather than emulate and work across new media formats in the creation of episodic TV.

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Crafting Narratives

This module broadly allows students to explore various genres of film production. The productions students complete during this module describe a range of established storytelling formats and demonstrate how genre creates meaning in film and TV.

In Movements in Film students explore and define the key principles associated with major 20th and 21st century film movements such as German Expressionism, Film Noir, Italian Neorealism, French New Wave, American New Wave and British Social Realism.

In Crafting Genre students examine the role of genre in a filmmaking environment through the production of an opening sequence for a genre feature film. Students will participate in seminars from genre industry specialists, workshops, group tutorials and practical exercises designed to increase their understanding of genre and how genre creates meaning in film, and the relationship between film, filmmaker and audience.

Students will work in teams to produce the opening sequence of a genre feature film of their choice and prepare location and studio shoots, fulfilling key roles and responsibilities. Students will develop further their skills in the production areas of screenwriting, directing, editing, sound recording, production design, post-production and budget management.

In Multi-Camera Production students are introduced to multi-camera filming, lighting, sound and vision-mixing concepts for live and as-live productions. Students gain experience of the studio floor roles (including studio cameraman, sound recording and engineering, floor manager) along with an understanding of the function of a studio gallery and practice in its operation. These technical skills will be taught using practical examples of TV genres including news and magazine programmes, quiz, reality and entertainment shows, and TV multi-camera comedy and drama.

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Met Alumni
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Met Alumni

Our Practical Filmmaking Diploma (DipHE) students have gone on to work in roles including Director, Production assistant, 1st AD, Screenwriter, Producer and Camera and Sound Operators within feature film and television.

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Learning Goals

  1. Have been involved in the creation of at least four films both individually and collaboratively

  2. Taken part in numerous practical filmmaking exercises, which they can use for their showreel

  3. To be technically assured in all aspects of production and postproduction for film and related media

  4. Clearly define filmmaking genres and demonstrate the creative and technical skills required to produce work relevant to these specialist formats

Start Dates & Prices

  • 5 October 2015
  • 8 February 2016
  • 3 October 2016
  • Places Available

    4

    Price

    £27,000

    Minimum Age:  18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements:  Students will need 100 tariff points to apply for our Practical Filmmaking Diploma. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Call us now to check availability and to start your application process. 

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses.

    International (Non-EU) Students:  Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

     

    Apply Now
  • Places Available

    2

    Price

    £27,000

    Minimum Age:  18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements:  Students will need 100 tariff points to apply for our Practical Filmmaking Diploma. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Call us now to check availability and to start your application process. 

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses.

    International (Non-EU) Students:  Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

    Apply Now
  • Places Available

    4

    Price

    £27,000

    Minimum Age:  18 at start of programme

    Entry requirements:  Students will need 100 tariff points to apply for our Practical Filmmaking Diploma. If you are 21 or over these criteria do not apply.

    Call us now to check availability and to start your application process. 

    Application Process: See the application process for our One-Year Courses.

    International (Non-EU) Students:  Please see the Application Deadline for this course.

    Apply Now