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.


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.
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.
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/Eduqas Film Studies

What do teachers have to say about this resource? (4534)
'This resource worked really well in regards to delivering moving image. The information presented worked well in delivering media and video production units, and gave students a good starting point of reference in regards to short film making. I particularly liked the fact that the resource covered every aspect of the film making process, and all the roles that play a part in the making of a film. Another feature I liked was how the guide covered several video editing software, rather the normal one that most other similar guides may cover. This resource proved useful in teaching the students about low budget film making. It have them a good overview of making a short film on a shoestring, covering everything from script writing to final post production and beyond. It's very good in matching several aspects of the BTEC criteria, and I'd highly recommend it use.' – J Hubbard, Teacher, Video Editor and Producer, Independent Reviewer
'So, so, so informative! I really wish this was available when I started teaching practical production. Everything you need to know and more! A very thorough read with advice on equipment too! A simply must have manual for all teachers of media/film studies. It contains so much of what I have learnt along the way! The activities to come up with ideas and concepts for the film sequence are fantastic. I love the Shoe Box idea of filling a shoe box with certain objects to stimulate a storyline and using newspaper stories to... this resource helps assist with various ideas of how to put ideas on to paper with a concept sheet, mind mapping and understanding the narrative structures of story telling. Lots to stimulate a teacher from delivering the same boring old theory such as Todorov, Levi Strauss and Propp. i.e. Charles Moritz' 8 possible types of story, and Campbell's The Hero's Journey ... The provided template designed by the author is a good tool for teaching storyboarding initially - I would definitely make use of this. Also like the acronym ANGORA and this template is a very useful way for students to evidence that they understand the aspects of media/film theory and can show off how this applies to their productions. AND hey there is even a completed example! Thanks. Love the Visualisation questions - never thought of this before. Really useful information about DSLR or compact camera - questions that need answering, but never a chance to ask... I love the section which tells you how to do a dolly zoom... Innovations, such as using a plank of wood instead of a jib for an aerial shot and gun cam... Very interesting chapter on lighting techniques... provides a unique insight into Final Cut which provides the user with some useful tips, such as keyboard shortcuts and how to do everything easily! This is preferable to reading through text heavy books and youtube videos. I have learnt some techniques I did not know!' – S Crawte, Head of Media & Independent Reviewer
'Well thought out and could easily be used as a 'course textbook' in most post-16 establishments where practical film-making makes up a large percentage of the course. Level 3 BTEC Creative Media Production would find the later chapters ideal... I particularly like the chapters on the areas that teachers always find there is no time to address in any depth because of specification constraints versus timetable - e.g.: Chapters 9, 10 & 11. The final case study where all the skills/techniques discussed throughout the book are brought together is a very good idea. It shows the learners just how important the PROCESS is to the end product. Overall it empowers learners because, unlike some 'how to' manuals, it is easy to follow and understandable. The chapters on editing are a dream for teachers who have large numbers of students all working at different speeds and levels. Some of these chapters can very easily be used as 'self directed learning'... I thought it was in-depth in its pacing relating to the FM course. It was very clear, and I found each chapter gave enough foundation before moving on to the next. The early chapters (1-5) really do build up a strong skill set for the student. I like the fact that is is focused towards the Film Studies course, but do feel that it assumes teachers are given the time in which to deliver some of this book. In an ideal world we would, but the reality is we are often hamstrung by single lessons. I loved the chapter of screenplay and felt it condensed theories (Field, McKee et al) really well, and the task at the end was really engaging. I look forward to seeing this textbook becoming a much needed 'bible' for the subject... The chapters on editing are a dream for BTEC and AS/A2 Media.' G Scarfe, 2nd in Department & Independent Reviewer
'I particularly like the editing guides for for software and the planning stages for ideas - having nice clear questions for creating ideas helps with a concept students often struggle with... I like the clear definitions of key terms throughout and the use of student examples... The humorous dos/don't on p32 provides light hearted look - not exactly what assessors may be after but what will add professionalism... useful template for storyboard, student examples that are analyzed and show marking/ grading criteria... it is well mapped against the WJEC spec. storyboard / script writing as end products allows for coursework.' E Richardson, Media Studies Teacher & Independent Reviewer
'After finishing reading Guerrilla Filmmaking for Media and Film Students, I am certain that soon a loud collective sigh will be heard across the UK as Film/Media Students and Teachers alike let go their bated breath. As joy of joys, it appears that we now have a student friendly text book that has gone out of its way to explain technical process used in the planning and shooting of a film and also tackles the various digital film editing processes in a way that students new to film will be able to take up and use in their practical film projects with confidence. This book has all the makings of becoming a classic students text, and although it is pitched at A Level Students I can also see it having relevance in the practical film units offered to Level 3 BTEC Media Studies Students.' A Proud, M.A., Lecturer in Media, Film and Communication Studies; Independent Reviewer