Digital Film Making

"A very innovative course, in an excellent learning environment" Grazyna Cooper, head of ITLP

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This three-day course will introduce you to the language of the moving image with reference to cinematographic techniques. You will discover the relationship between setting up shoots and the manipulation of the image in the editing suite.

The emphasis is on gaining skills that can be put into practice immediately. You will also have the opportunity to have individual tutorials to discuss projects you may have in mind.

It's easier than you think!

Course Preparation

  • You are asked to write a paragraph describing a digital film project that would be useful for your work

Day 1

  • Introduction to the Twelve Elements of Cinematography, looking at some examples
  • Introduction to the digital video camera and the digital video format
  • Basic Camera Operation
  • Hands-on film exercise
  • Discussion about your personal projects
  • Hands-on film exercise to shoot for an edit of a 1-minute film
  • Load in Rushes
  • View and discuss rushes

Day 2

  • An introduction to the basics of Final Cut Pro
  • Setting up a Final Cut Pro project
  • A sub-clipping project
  • Screening of film examples with discussion about editing and pace
  • Basic Editing and Motion tabs
  • Short film and discussion

Day 3

  • Edit to a piece of music or soundtrack
  • Edit a 1-minute film
  • Individual tutorials
  • Screening of your films and discussion
  • Questions and feedback

These workshops are run by the Oxford Academy of Documentary Film by filmmakers with an international reputation in their respective areas

If you have any questions about the courses, visit our FAQ page or contact us.