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Young Filmmaker's Guide for Media and Film Students

A simply must-have manual for all teachers of Media/Film Studies. Sue Crawte, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer

Incredibly comprehensive step-by-step guide to filmmaking. Takes your students on an exciting journey from conception and principal photography, to scripting, filming and editing. Everything is geared towards your students making sophisticated and original A* films.

Essential for all film-related courses, including Media/Film Studies and BTEC Media.

PRACTICAL: Tried and tested methods to give your students the edge in low-to-no-budget filmmaking! Real film examples illustrate key points – culminating in detailed case studies that apply the theory to reality.
FOR STUDENTS: Interspersed with ‘Action!’ activities to help students apply the theory to their projects. Treats digital storyboarding and screenwriting as end products in their own right – ideal for coursework.
FOR TEACHERS: Provides fresh approaches to every aspect of filmmaking, and can be given to students as a manual to support their independent project work.

10 CHAPTERS OF PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

1. THE CREATIVE PROCESS Story is central with clear guidance on character and story mapping.
2. THE STORYBOARD Examples of both professional and student storyboards clarifies the purpose both for real films and the student’s own project. Storyboard template allows students to comment on the purpose of each shot, supporting their evaluation.
3. IT BEGINS WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
4. PHOTOSHOP TECHNIQUES FOR FILM-MAKERS
From framing to photoshopping, the crucial link between photography and film is explored. Practical photographic tips and guidance on location photography for storyboards and digital shooting. Basic Photoshop skills outlined to enhance still images.
5. THE SCRIPT Beyond the usual Todorov and Propp, this guide makes practical use of the real screenwriters and narrative theorists from Campbell’s Hero’s Journey to Christopher Vogler, Charles Moritz and more.
6. FILMING
7. LIGHTING & AUDIO SET-UPS
8. CAPTURING THE FOOTAGE
Helps students take on the exciting challenge of filmmaking – and get out there and make films!
9. EDITING: WITH IMOVIE, FINAL CUT & PREMIERE Principles, tips and illustrated techniques of editing explored with three popular packages.
10. CASE STUDIES: DEFYING GENRE EXPECTATIONS & WORKING WITH CONVENTIONS Case studies look at how narrative and film techniques are exemplified in Let The Right One In and award-winning short film Please.

This resource supports all media and film specifications where moving image work is required, including A Level WJEC Film Studies