Filmmaking - Introduction

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Filmmaking - Introduction

Lessons are held in English

This course will offer an overview to the fundamentals of filmmaking and an appreciation of TV roles within international Television Production. During the course the learners will be introduced to: idea conceptualisation, the pre-production preparation, the outlining of TV production roles, the basics of camera work, editing and production skills, location issues and reconnaissance, safety risk assessment and an introduction to basic sound requirements.

These concepts will be delivered by way of a short piece produced by the group with each member fulfilling a role within a small TV crew. The course is designed with low budget technology in mind, enabling the student to create films without expensive equipment.

Learners attending the course do not need to have any experience in production.

Students will: gain the requisite knowledge of the development and scope of forms of production and distribution, a flexible familiarity with the generic attributes of applications software, awareness of the conventions within which media artifacts are produced, and a well-developed set of creative, problem solving, and team working skills. These skills will enable the learners to independently develop, plan and realise an individual media project within a specified deadline period, and to critically evaluate the end product.

This is a 26hr guided learning course.  Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.

This course will give an introductory overview of the TV industry, its structure, conventions and pre requisites. It will explore the creative possibilities of digital filmmaking encouraged by the introduction of new forms of media production. It will help the individual to gain an appreciation of the basic conventions of video production and of TV roles.

Learning Outcome1: Describe the different roles within television production

Unit Content

  • Detailed look at the structure and make up of Television film crews.
  • Understanding roles and relationships within Television film crews.
  • Identifying areas of interest to the student within the roles of TV production. 

Learning Outcome 2: Outline the various production processes of the Filmmaking Industry

Unit Content

  • Understand an overview of the traditional Filmmaking model.
  • A detailed look at the Pre Production Process.
  • Display an understanding of the Production Process.
  • Understand the various aspects of Post Production.
  • Develop team working skills to assist in necessary group work.

Learning Outcome 3: Employ low-budget digital technologies effectively in the production of a video graphic work

Unit Content

  • Understand the ‘camera you have’, a detailed look at White Balance, focus, recording formats and audio recording.
  • Using Semiotics to get the most from the image.
  • How to use the rule of thirds, framing and other composition techniques.
  • Understanding lighting, using natural light and other lighting techniques.
  • Techniques in capturing audio.
  • Understanding permissions, releases, copyrights and other legalities. 

Learning Outcome 4:  Perform basic Non Linear Editing [NLE] using the appropriate NLE software

Unit Content

  • An introduction to Adobe Premier and other NLE software.
  • From ‘Rough’ to ‘Fine cut’, an overview of the workflow.
  • An understanding of basic editing techniques.
  • Using Archival and Stock footage.
  • Basic principles of Animation and Artwork.
  • Adding music and narration to enhance your soundscape.

Learning Outcome 5: Present own work online using a simple Word press site

Unit Content

  • An introduction to Word Press.
  • Installation on your own server.
  • An understanding of basic Word press management.
  • Is YouTube the best tool to use?
  • Embedding films in Word press.
  • An introduction to CDN Networks [Content Delivery Networks]

The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:              


  • Good communication skills both verbal and in the written form,
  • Good level of spoken and written English
  • A flair for the creative.
  • Good PC or Mac Orientation

Entry Requirements:

  • Good Computer Knowledge is a must

An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all students attending more than 80% of lectures.

There are no summative assessments in this course.

There are no additional costs to pay or special materials or equipment to bring

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