Six-Month Practical Filmmaking

Six-Month Practical Filmmaking

Looking to build your future in the screen industries?  MetFilm School is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice. Working closely with leading industry professionals, we offer you a career-focused, cutting-edge, practical learning experience.

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OVERVIEW

Six-Month Practical Filmmaking

The Six-Month Full-Time Practical Filmmaking course equips students with the technical, creative and business skills in disciplines including screenwriting, directing, camera operating, cinematography, producing and postproduction. This course is suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.

 


Why take the course?

Gain experience across all filmmaking and screen content disciplines such as screenwriting, producing, directing, camera, lighting and editing. This course builds creative and technical skills essential to succeed in today’s film, television and new media industries.

Six Month Practical Filmmaking is designed to improve your understanding, knowledge and practice in the following areas:

  • Storytelling for the screen
  • The importance of a synopsis and script structure, and writing a short film script
  • Script interpretation and preparing for a shoot
  • Casting and directing actors
  • Camera, lights and sound
  • Shooting for the edit
  • Managing a production
  • Creative editing
  • Postproduction
  • Professional industry practices
  • Film, TV and cross-platform, cross-disciplines skills

What you will study

Students will explore the following key areas during the Six-Month Practical Filmmaking course:

Visual Storytelling. Students will learn how to tell stories through the use of visual mediums. Looking at composition, framing, blocking and camera positions and how to engage an audience.

Screenwriting. Students will learn how to find, pitch and develop ideas.

Directing. Students will learn about the role of the Director, how to communicate with actors and they key collaborative relationships which are at the core of filmmaking.

Professional Practice. Through filmmaking workshops, students will learn the importance of teamwork and professional practice. Understanding crew roles and responsibilities, students will learn how to effectively collaborate.

Production. Students will learn how to break down a script, schedule and budget a small production. Students will be introduced to the varying roles of the producer to improve understanding of development, finance, sales and distribution.

Post Production. The role of the editor will be taught with students actively involved in editing their own and their fellow students work.

Camera, Lighting & Sound. Students will be provided with an overview of the contemporary screen industries from the perspective of the sound, camera and lighting departments, exploring the impact of creative decisions of image and sound on storytelling.

Final Productions. Students will collaborate across their cohort, and have the opportunity to network across pathways, to prep, shoot and edit their final short films. Students are expected to support productions in a variety of crew roles.

The Course Outline below describes the key craft areas and skills you will cover during your course.


Dates & Prices

  • 28 March 2022 — 16 September 2022
  • 26 September 2022 — 17 March 2023
  • Price

    £11,450

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Practical Filmmaking course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

    However in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email info@metfilmschool.co.uk.

    Duration: Six Months Full-Time.

    Location: MetFilm School Campus at Garden Studios and/or other teaching and production spaces in West London.

  • Price

    £11,450

    Minimum Age: 18 at start of course

    Entry Requirements: Our Practical Filmmaking course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements.

    However in order to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.  For more information on this please contact info@metfilmschool.co.uk

    In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a limited number of places available for each course intake and operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information regarding our application procedure, please see the following link, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 20 8280 9119 or email info@metfilmschool.co.uk.

    Duration: Six Months Full-Time

    Location: MetFilm School Campus at Garden Studios and/or other teaching and production spaces in West London.

Careers

YOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

From the very first day at MetFilm School, we concentrate on employability. Students and graduates of MetFilm School will gain access to our dedicated careers advice department MetFilm Futures, who focus on supporting you and ensuring you develop the skills needed to succeed in the industry.

MetFilm Production, our sister production company, offers 3-4 in house work experience placements per year for MetFilm School graduates. Selected graduates work in a variety of capacities on all of MetFilm Production’s films such as award-winning The Reason I Jump, 23 Walks and Swimming with Men.

Our graduates work across the industry as VFX Artists, Directors, TV Assistant Producers, Script Editors, On-Air Producers, Campaign Managers and many more besides. Below are just some of the companies our graduates have gone onto work for.

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Student Work

We proudly present some of the course graduates’ works. These projects should give you an idea of what you’ll be able to produce by the end of the programme. To see more of our students’ works check  the link below or our MetFilm School Blog.


Student Stories

Raphaela Wagner

With ambition and imagination in abundance, Swiss filmmaker Raphaela Wagner is the definition of a “one to watch”. Since completing MetFilm School’s Six-Month Practical Filmmaking course in 2018 Raphaela has been involved in a number of projects, made a couple of short films, started an MA at Raindance and is now close to finishing her biggest short film to date, the period drama Saitenstich. We checked in with Raphaela to find out more about the project and her growing career in the film industry. READ MORE

Louis William Robinson

Since completing the course back in 2017, Lewis has kept up momentum. His final project, the short film Forgotten, impressed at festivals and was later followed by his first fully independent, self-funded short, Addiction – which won the Audience Choice Award in 2020 at his hometown Harrogate Film Festival. We interviewed Louis to discuss studying at the School, his award-winning short films and maintaining regular collaborators. READ MORE

WHY METFILM SCHOOL?

  • Based in the world-famous Ealing Studios.MetFilm School is based within Ealing Studios, along with numerous other companies and businesses. Our location creates a great screen industry context for the School but does not bring access to shoots or other studio activities. Watch our London Campus Tour
  • Occasionally opportunities do arise for our students which are advertised through our career’s advice department, MetFilm Futures. MetFilm School does have its own studio space; Stage 5 – which is mostly used by those studying on our MA Cinematography course. It is also accessible on a case-by-case basis to students shooting films and other kinds of project but has to be booked in advance.
  • Award-winning tutors. MetFilm School’s tutors are working screen professionals – TV and film directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, animators and other industry specialists with numerous awards, including BAFTA, Emmy and Oscar nominations. 
  • Connected. Through working closely with our sister companies MetFilm Production and MetFilm Sales, we better integrate our students into the world of creative media. These provide our students with work placements, graduate employment and master classes with industry professionals. 
  • Recognised quality. Our outstanding academic credentials are recognised by leading higher education bodies such as CILECT, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and ScreenSkills Select.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have collated much of the useful information we are often asked about on our Frequently Asked Questions page.