Narrative film making

Course Dates: 02/05/20 - 30/05/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Peter Gomes

Fancy yourself as the next Spielberg or Tarantino? Learn to produce your own short fiction film, from storyboards and pre-production to shooting and editing. Explore how to construct an exciting narrative, experiment with different shots and camera movements, and get to grips with recording and editing technology, producing your own professional-looking short movie.

See what you could create – view a selection of film and animation work made on our Vimeo site



What is the course about?

You will learn about all the stages of production from the planning pre-production stage through production shooting to post-production editing and rendering movies. You will learn the conventions of constructing an effective narrative, the meanings and uses of different shots and camera movements and how to get the best from your subject. You will also learn how to use digital video cameras and record sound, and how to capture and edit your work using the professional editing application Final Cut.

What previous students liked most about this course: “Use of camera, tripod and voice recorder out and about. Using new editing program. Learning from others work.”
“Teacher (Pete) is excellent. The course exceeded my expectations and we have learnt a lot. The group was fantastic also.”
“It was very practical and we learned by doing.”
“I learned new editing techniques.”
“I have a much better understanding of how to make a narrative film. I have made a very short film for the first time which was an excellent exercise.”


What will we cover?

- The conventions of narrative film making
- The meanings and uses of different shots
- The persuasive camera: meanings and uses of different camera angles and movements
- Storyboarding
- Recording video
- Recording sound
- Capturing and editing footage in Final Cut Pro
- Exporting your movie and burning DVDs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- storyboard a narrative sequence noting different shots, camera movements, action and sound
- plan and schedule all stages of production
- use a video camera to record scenes
- use a microphone to record sound
- edit your sequence in Final Cut
- export your sequence as a movie
- burn a DVD of your movie.

What previous students have achieved on this course: “Fantastic introduction to film making. We have learnt basic planning, filming, editing to make a narrative film.” SB
“I have completed a very short narrative film. I have learned some editing techniques.”
“Better awareness of planning a film and what shots to get. Improved editing techniques.” ED
“I have learnt a lot and see the creative process of filmmaking differently. I feel inspired by the work of others in our group.”
“I now know how to schedule and I have been able to learn the basics of editing and how to make a film with very little. I’ve learnt how to use sound to enhance my piece and learnt how to use Final Cut Pro.”


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a beginner’s class open to all. You do need to be computer literate at a basic level - please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.
You need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through a structured programme of lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises and film-based discussions. The digital arts studio uses a computer projector for presentations and viewing of films. Each student will have their own Apple Mac computer to work on.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All filmmaking and editing equipment will be provided but you will need to provide any props you want to use in your production. You may wish to bring your own SD card to record onto as you can then ensure access and security of material. Your tutor will advise you at the start of the course.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can develop your skills further in VG259 Digital video editing: stage 3.

Build offer a range of courses in video and DSLR film making, editing, sound, animated SFX with After Effects, digital and stop motion 2D and 3D Animation and an array of other visual arts courses to enhance your film making practice.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VG397

Sat, day, 02 May - 30 May '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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