HandsOn International School of Filmmakers

Introduction

Our “HandsOn” curriculum provides you with experience in creative and commercial productions for your film portfolio, which is what is required to enter the Film Industry. This approach combines action with thought, replacing “passive” classroom learning with high-quality filmmaking workshops, masterclasses, modules & courses with a mix of indoor & outdoor classes. The filmmaking courseware is designed for applicants, who would like to start or further their education, in cinematography.

The Film School experience is not about just learning, creating or producing but it also gives you the added benefit of meeting like minded students from different parts of the world with whom you can work with to produce your own productions whilst in turn helping them gives you extra credits from their productions.

Other opportunities given by the school are an amount of experience hours on set, giving the students the opportunity to both explore and understand the various skill sets required and available in the Film Industry. Benefits also include individual tutor guidance and support during out of class hours. For the full time students we also help them to enter the industry or open their own companies/promote their skillset.

The 8 modules available, each over 3 weeks, with 3hrs classes from Monday to Thursday, cover all the stages of filmmaking and students can choose to enroll in a specific module or a combination of modules that are of interest t them or to advance in their careers. These are 1) The Filmmaking Skillset, 2) Development & Pre-Production, 3)Practical Principal Photography, 4) Digital Cinema Post Production, 5)Digital VFX Compositing, 6) Colour Keying & Masking 7)2K & 4K Workflows 8) The Colorist & Colour Grading

The 6 + 2 month free, full time, film course, with 6hrs classes from Monday to Thursday covers the full production process, from pre-production and production to post production. Full time students on producing their own short film and/or documentary during their stay, will be further given the school's support to distribute their production, both to International Film Festivals, as well as commercial channels such as Online, TV, Satelite ... etc

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2K & 4K RAW Workflows - Module 7

Campus Part time 61 hours February 2017 Malta Sliema

At over twice & four times the resolution of Full HD, 2K & 4K RAW content produces a lot of digital data. This course helps participants understand the the benefits and the creative opportunities of 2K and 4K RAW video acquisition. [+]

Course Overview At over twice & four times the resolution of Full HD, 2K & 4K RAW content produces a lot of digital data. This course helps participants understand the the benefits and the creative opportunities of 2K and 4K RAW video acquisition. RAW formats are like the digital versions of film negatives and with these higher resolution “negatives”, creatives gain the ability to re-frame, zoom and manipulate that content for film, motion graphics, visual effects, green screen, background plates and pretty much any other type of production. 2K & 4K RAW Workflows – 3 Weeks Introduction to Raw Media Canon RAW System Black Magic Design RAW System RED RAW System Dynamic Range Explained RAW Benefits & Misconceptions Designing Workflows Transcoding Proxies Setting up Projects Ingesting the Footage Editing via Proxies Outputting & Final Render Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, workflow work, assignments & a final course project. 2K & 4K RAW Workflows – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 18 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 18 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 10 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 61 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

8 Month Full Time Practical Filmmaking Program

Campus Full time 1276 hours September 2017 Malta Sliema

A 6+2 Month Professional HandsOn course designed for aspiring filmmakers & cinematographers. Each Student will produce a 10 mins Documentary and a 15 mins Short Film (during the 7th & 8th month). [+]

A 6+2 Month Professional HandsOn course designed for aspiring filmmakers & cinematographers. Each Student will produce a 10 mins Documentary and a 15 mins Short Film (during the 7th & 8th month). The course consists of eight stages and has been designed to give you a solid foundation in the key elements of filmmaking, broaden your production knowledge and expand your post-production skills. Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons in the morning and field work during the afternoon/evening. Students are also guided on how to market , distribute and present their films to festivals around the world. Students will also be guided on how to build and promote their portfolio. 6+2 Month Practical Filmmaking – Course Hours Breakdown: Stage 1 – Filmmaking Skillset – 3 Weeks Introduction to the Film Industry Shot Composition Digital vs Film Cameras Introduction to DSLRs Zoom & Prime Lenses Rigs, Tripods & Stabilizers Camera Movement Lighting for Film Music in Film Sound Recording Boom Mic Operation Field Recording Stage 2 – Development & Pre-Production – 3 Weeks Script Structure Character Development Script Dialogue From Script to Storyboard Storyboarding Research Locations Equipment Crew Props & Costumes Casting Schedule, Permits & Release Forms Stage 3 – Practical & Principal Photography – 3 Weeks Pre-Production Brief Practical Photography Requirements Indoor Practical Photography Outdoor Practical Photography Indoor Filming Part 1 Indoor Filming Part 2 Outdoor Filming Part 1 Outdoor Filming Part 2 Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 1 Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 2 Field Recording Part 1 Field Recording Part 2 Stage 4 – Post-Production – 3 Weeks Introduction to Non-Linear Editing Understanding Workflows Setting up Project & Sequence Source & Program Monitors Editing Essentials Putting Clips in Motion Adding Titles & Transitions Video Effects & Basic Color Correction Editing & Mixing Audio Exporting a Master Copy Final Project Management Steps Importing Projects or Sequences Stage 5 – Compositing – 3 Weeks Understanding Workflows Importing & Organising Assets Timeline & Key Frames Parenting and Nesting Working with Text Effects, Presets & Adjustment Layers Using Expressions Effective Motion Tracking Color & Light Basic Sky Replacement Muzzle Flashes, Fire & Explosions Fog, Smoke and Mist Stage 6 – Color Keying & Masking – 3 Weeks Understanding Color Keying Measuring & Filming Back Plates Setting up the Green Screen Filming on Green Screen Color Keying Fine-Tuning & Problem Solving Alternatives for an Impossible Key Matching & Combing Layers Working with Masks Mask Options and Variable Feather Animating Masks Advanced Sky Replacement Stage 7 – 2K & 4K RAW Workflows – 3 Weeks Introduction to Raw Media Canon RAW Files Black Magic Design RAW Files RED & ARRI RAW Files Dynamic Range Explained RAW Benefits & Misconceptions Designing Workflows Transcoding Proxies Setting up Projects Ingesting the Footage Editing via Proxies Outputting & Final Render Stage 8 – The Colorist & Color Grading – 3 Weeks Introduction to the Color Grading Color Grading History Color Science & Theory Color Management & Calibration Create Projects & Compositions Cinematic use of Color & Contrast Primary & Secondary Color Correction Creating Looks & Styles Creating Emotions through colors Popular Iconic Looks & Styles Black & White, Day for Night & Color Isolation Final Render School Hours: 210 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 366 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 200 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 500 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 1276 Hrs. Total Course Hours Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop and admission is subject to a Skype interview. Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00 Individual Attention All classes have a participation of a maximum of 6 students, to guarantee individual attention. 24/7 Support Tutors are available on phone & online to provide 24/7 support. They are also present on location for most shoots, including night shoots and will monitor all the 3 stages of production, for each student’s documentary &/or short film. Join Student Productions Participants are encouraged to assist on other HandsOn Malta Student’s film productions as a member of their crew, providing everyone with extensive on set experience. Experience Commercial Jobs Participants are given the opportunity to enhance their portfolio by participating and delivering on commercial projects. (T&Cs apply) Film Equipment Professional equipment will be provided by the school, against a refundable fee of Euro500, less any bank &/or exchange fees or any loss or damages done to the equipment. (T&Cs apply) Visit Course Webpage [-]

Color Keying & Masking - Module 6

Campus Part time 81 hours January 2017 Malta Sliema

Designed to help participants master essential green screen & keying skills, this focused course, offers a detailed overview of the green screen filming process: from the equipment required to setting up a greenscreen studio, through the techniques involved in lighting the greenscreen and the subject separately and covers everything from setup to producing the shoot to compositing the footage. [+]

Course Overview Designed to help participants master essential green screen & keying skills, this focused course, offers a detailed overview of the green screen filming process: from the equipment required to setting up a greenscreen studio, through the techniques involved in lighting the greenscreen and the subject separately and covers everything from setup to producing the shoot to compositing the footage. Color Keying & Masking – 3 Weeks Understanding Color Keying Measuring & Filming Back Plates Setting up the Green Screen Filming on Green Screen Color Keying Fine-Tuning & Problem Solving Alternatives for an Impossible Key Matching & Combining Layers Working with Masks Mask Options and Variable Feather Animating Masks Advanced Sky Replacement Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, field work, assignments & a final course project. Color Keying & Masking – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 06 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 30 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 30 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 81 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

Development & Pre-Production - Module 2

Campus Part time 131 hours April 2017 Malta Sliema

Over three weeks, participants will learn how to develop their projects (a 10 min documentary and a 15 min short film script) for the screen by giving them the chance to train, network and pitch one’s project to others. [+]

Course Overview Over three weeks, participants will learn how to develop their projects (a 10 min documentary and a 15 min short film script) for the screen by giving them the chance to train, network and pitch one’s project to others. The program’s second objective is to develop an effective Pre-Production strategy for participating projects, through a series of group sessions, individual consultations, case studies and Q&A sessions. The courseware aims to clarify and improve the participating projects’ production potential in terms of target markets & audiences, and offers them opportunities to connect with the industry through co-operations, co-productions and Film Festivals. Development & Pre-Production – 3 Weeks Script Structure Character Development Script Dialogue From Script to Storyboard Storyboarding Research Locations Equipment Crew Props & Costumes Casting Schedule, Permits & Release Forms Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, brainstorming workshops, assignments and a final course project. Development & Pre-Production – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 27 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 9 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 80 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 131 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

Digital Cinema Post-Production - Module 4

Campus Part time 81 hours June 2017 Malta Sliema

The course explores techniques that can be applied in a range of non-linear digital editing programs and is designed to familiarize students with all the skills necessary to explore the magic of picture and story manipulation. [+]

Course Overview The course explores techniques that can be applied in a range of non-linear digital editing programs and is designed to familiarize students with all the skills necessary to explore the magic of picture and story manipulation. The course is intended to provide a greater understanding of the imaginative and technical side of editing and storytelling. Post-Production – 3 Weeks Introduction to Non-Linear Editing Understanding Workflows Setting up Project & Sequence Source & Program Monitors Editing Essentials Putting Clips in Motion Adding Titles & Transitions Video Effects & Basic Color Correction Editing & Mixing Audio Exporting a Master Copy Final Project Management Steps Importing Projects or Sequences Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, editing work, assignments & a final course project. Digital Cinema Post-Production – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 06 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 30 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 30 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 81 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

Digital VFX Compositing - Module 5

Campus Part time 81 hours January 2017 Malta Sliema

This course will introduce you to the art of Digital Composting and Digital Special Effects creating invisible effects that make the impossible, possible, in a believable new cinematic space. [+]

Course Overview This course will introduce you to the art of Digital Composting and Digital Special Effects creating invisible effects that make the impossible, possible, in a believable new cinematic space. In addition to gaining professional skills in the area of compositing and digital effects, participants are encouraged to experiment with new and creative approaches to this rapidly expanding art form. Compositing – 3 Weeks Understanding Workflows Importing & Organising Assets Timeline & Key Frames Parenting and Nesting Working with Text Effects, Presets & Adjustment Layers Using Expressions Effective Motion Tracking Color & Light Basic Sky Replacement Muzzle Flashes, Fire & Explosions Fog, Smoke and Mist Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, compositing work, assignments & a final course project. Digital VFX Compositing – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 06 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 30 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 30 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 81 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

Film Making Skillset - Module 1

Campus Part time 1 - 3 weeks April 2017 Malta Sliema

Creating a film depends on a team of technically gifted individuals working together. No matter if this is your first encounter with practical filmmaking or if you wish to deepen a first experience, this course helps you discover the entire process of film production and the relationship between the various roles and stages. [+]

Creating a film depends on a team of technically gifted individuals working together. No matter if this is your first encounter with practical filmmaking or if you wish to deepen a first experience, this course helps you discover the entire process of film production and the relationship between the various roles and stages. Filmmaking Skillset – 3 Weeks Introduction to the Film Industry Shot Composition Digital vs Film Cameras Introduction to DSLRs Zoom & Prime Lenses Rigs, Tripods & Stabilizers Camera Movement Lighting for Film Music in Film Sound Recording Boom Mic Operation Field Recording Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, field work, assignments & a final course project. Filmmaking Skillset – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 26 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 10 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 10 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 15 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 61 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. [-]

Practical Principal Photography - Module 3

Campus Part time 75 hours May 2017 Malta Sliema

This comprehensive skills enhancement program aims to provide the learner with a solid, practical and industry focused introduction to the tools and techniques of independent digital cinema production in both a studio and on-location context and employs a project-oriented methodology. [+]

Course Overview This comprehensive skills enhancement program aims to provide the learner with a solid, practical and industry-focused introduction to the tools and techniques of independent digital cinema production in both a studio and on-location context and employs a project-oriented methodology. This hands-on approach will be complemented by a series of workshops prior to principle photography aimed at enhancing the participants’ filmmaking skills and techniques. Practical & Principal Photography – 3 Weeks Pre-Production Brief Practical Photography Requirements Indoor Practical Photography Outdoor Practical Photography Indoor Filming Part 1 Indoor Filming Part 2 Outdoor Filming Part 1 Outdoor Filming Part 2 Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 1 Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 2 Field Recording Part 1 Field Recording Part 2 Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, field work, assignments & a final course project. Practical-Principal Photography – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 06 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 30 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 24 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 75 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

The Colorist & Color Grading - Module 8

Campus Part time 81 hours March 2017 Malta Sliema

Ideal for all filmmakers who are looking to improve their color skills this course examines the conventions of color grading by analyzing different genre film clips. Through practical exercises, participants develop skills in navigating the software interface, performing color grading and texturing tasks. [+]

Course Overview Color grading is an umbrella term used to describe the finishing stage of film to look its best from the format used. It is during this stage that a colorist works the magic to create visual continuity from shot to shot, fix or adjust exposure and shape the overall look and mood of the film (which is often done in collaboration with the Cinematographer). Ideal for all filmmakers who are looking to improve their color skills this course examines the conventions of color grading by analyzing different genre film clips. Through practical exercises, participants develop skills in navigating the software interface, performing color grading and texturing tasks. The Colorist & Color Grading – 3 Weeks Introduction to the Color Grading Color Grading History Color Science & Theory Color Management & Calibration Create Projects & Compositions Cinematic use of Color & Contrast Primary & Secondary Color Correction Creating Looks & Styles Creating Emotions through colors Popular Iconic Looks & Styles Black & White, Day for Night & Color Isolation Final Render Courseware is a mix of classroom lessons, coloring work, assignments & a final course project. The Colorist & Color Grading – Course Hours Breakdown: School Hours: 10 Hrs. Contact (Theoretical – with Tutor) 26 Hrs. HandsOn (Practical – with Tutor) Extra Hours: 15 Hrs. Self Study (Assignments) 30 Hrs. Assessment (Course Project) 81 Hrs. Total Course Hours Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Entry Requirements Open to anyone 18yrs + and courses are delivered in English. Students are required to provide their own laptop. [-]

Summer courses

Summer Filmmaking Workshop / 1 Week

Campus Full time 1 - 1 week August 2017 Malta Sliema

This workshop gives students the opportunity to produce a micro film in 1 week, whilst understanding the full filmmaking process and the hundreds of different skillsets required to produce a film. [+]

The 1 week full time, Summer Film Workshop gives the student visibility of the full filmmaking process. Pre-production, understanding the script, storyboard & shot list. Production, understanding equipment, light & camera angles during outdoor filming. Post production understanding how to put the shots together to create a story for your audience. Day 1 Script development Storyboarding Day 2 Scene Breakdowns Location Scouting Day 3 Practical Filming - Equipment Overview & Cine Camera Setup Practical Filming - On Location Filming Day 4 Production - Principal Photography Production - Principal Photography Day 5 Editing Final Edit [-]

Teen Summer Filmmaking Workshop / 1 week

Campus Part time 12 - 15 hours August 2017 Malta Sliema

The Teen Film Camp is a fun filmmaking workshops in a green screen studio that promise to teach and inspire students to create their very own short movies. [+]

Have fun this Summer making movies… During the filmmaking workshop, students use professional equipment in a professional studio set up to understand and learn working in a green screen filming studio. During their stay each student will produce a creative fun short clip that can only be achieved in a studio. What You’ll Learn Learn about the Film/Media Industry & the various stages of production Visual Storytelling Shooting with HD Cameras & Professional Equipment Basic video editing & techniques What You’ll Create An original short film [-]

Contact

HandsOn School of Filmmakers

Address Sant' Enriku
Tas-Sliema Malta
Website http://www.handsonmalta.com/
Phone +356 7771 3649