Central Film School: Academy of Intelligent Media

Introduction

A film school with a Conscience

Central Film School delivers relevant, practical training in filmmaking and screenwriting in a supportive, collaborative and creative filmmaking environment. Small and friendly, the school provides continuous access to tutors and one of the highest student-to-equipment ratios of any school in the UK.

Central Film School is a partner of the Bertha Foundation, a charitable organisation whose mission is to create more progressive and just societies through activism, media, law and enterprise. The foundation champions forms of activism that aim to bring about change and works with a network of people who they believe can change the world - activists working with storytellers and lawyers. In line with the Bertha Foundation’s goals, Central Film School aims to nurture talent and support content creation that can achieve a specific impact.

Central Film School: the Academy of Intelligent Media aims to be highly selective in choosing talented students who have compelling stories to tell. At the same time, Central, unlike other film schools, aspires to be non-elitist and not just be a school for rich kids. We are in the process of setting up scholarships and bursaries to support those with strong stories to impart.

Located in the heart of creative London, the school has small classes and all of our tutors are working industry professionals.

Film Training is an investment

Film training needs to be regarded as investment in your future, not as a luxury product. All of the teaching at the school is designed to prepare you for entry to the film industry and we are very clear that paper qualifications are of little use when seeking employment in this industry. The contacts you make and the work you produce are far more likely to open the door for any graduate in filmmaking.

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

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Courses

Postgraduate Course in Directing Fiction

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 United Kingdom London

This programme is for anyone who has a background in film or media production wishing to develop their skills as a director. By engaging with the conflicting demands of the filmmaking process, students will address the creative goals as well as the technical and leadership challenges inherent in the role. [+]

This programme is for anyone who has a background in film or media production wishing to develop their skills as a director. By engaging with the conflicting demands of the filmmaking process, students will address the creative goals as well as the technical and leadership challenges inherent in the role. Through a series of practical exercises and collaboration this course aims to prepare students to realise their vision from pre-production through to postproduction. Clarity of vision, organisation and preparation are key. In this respect, the collaboration between the director and the writer, producer and cinematographer, and other heads of department, is explored as an integral part of the development and pre-production process, leading up to the shoot. By the end of this course you will be able to: Work effectively within a feature film production environment Understand what is expected from a director from pre-production to postproduction Employ effective motivational strategies when working with actors [-]

Postgraduate Course in Disruptive Media

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 United Kingdom London

This course enables students to learn how to connect and communicate effectively with their audiences, using non-traditional tools and distribution channels. [+]

Inspired by the school’s new direction as the Academy of Intelligent Media, this course addresses the evolution of filmmaking in an environment where disruptive innovation is radically affecting existing business models in a wide range of industries. This course enables students to learn how to connect and communicate effectively with their audiences, using non-traditional tools and distribution channels. Blending the use of traditional filmmaking techniques with emerging digital technology such as Immersive VR, shooting with drones and app development, students on this course will develop a comprehensive set of technical skills that will enable them to navigate the intersection of live action filmmaking, documentary production, social media and trans media production, as both a filmmaker and a producer. By the end of this course you will be able to: Integrate web-based marketing and distribution strategies to a variety of film productions Evaluate audience trends and adapt existing genres and formats for the web Effectively incorporate new technology into existing production workflows [-]

Postgraduate Course in Documentary & Social Impact Filmmaking

Campus Full time 1 year October 2016 United Kingdom London

This one-year course in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community. [+]

This one-year course in documentary practice engages in creating social impact through film. It recognizes the unique role that documentaries play in society and the power of high quality storytelling. The goal is to provide graduates with the tools and the confidence to become effective members of the social impact community. The curriculum is practice led and focuses on diverse films with the potential to connect with audiences on a global level. Built around a series of distinct modules, students develop and create a major project, devise impact and engagement campaigns and pitch to an industry panel. The course draws on an extensive network of organisations and individuals within the documentary arena due to the school’s close partnership with the Bertha Foundation, DocHouse and BritDoc. By the end of this course you will be able to: Research, shoot and edit your own documentary and social impact films Investigate relevant funding and distribution channels for a particular project Effectively develop and pitch a variety of documentary project [-]

Professional Course in Assistant Director

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2016 United Kingdom London

The role of an Assistant Director involves supporting the Director, liaising with the Production Office, and running the floor so that the entire shoot is efficiently conducted and successfully completed. [+]

This two-week course has been designed for those interested in being First, Second or Third Assistant Directors. The role of an Assistant Director involves supporting the Director, liaising with the Production Office, and running the floor so that the entire shoot is efficiently conducted and successfully completed. This is a demanding role that requires a level head, self-confidence and strong communications skills in order to ensure that the entire crew is able to work efficiently as a team, under demanding conditions and time constraints. This course is suitable for assistant directors wishing to better understand what is involved in casting the right performers for the right part. This course will be delivered through discussion, illustration and a series of very practical exercises and role-playing scenarios that will be recorded for viewing, feedback and assessment. By the end of the course, participants will be well versed in what is involved in being a member of the assistant director’s department. All that will then remain is to work on productions in order to gain valuable experience. By the end of this course you will be able to: Breakdown a script, create a shooting schedule and prepare relevant production paperwork Evaluate risks, identifying hazards and know what to do when accidents occur on set Manage the set with confidence during a shoot [-]

Professional Course in Camera Department Assistant

Campus Full time 3 weeks August 2016 United Kingdom London

This three-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to the technical and creative use of 16mm and 35mm film cameras. Designed for those already familiar with digital cinematography, this course introduces participants to the core skills required when working with film. [+]

This three-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to the technical and creative use of 16mm and 35mm film cameras. Designed for those already familiar with digital cinematography, this course introduces participants to the core skills required when working with film. Good, competent and enthusiastic Camera Department trainees, with a broad set of skills are always in demand. Working as a team, through practical on-set training and observation you will practice clapper loading, focus pulling, camera operating and movement, through a series of filmed exercises, using industry standard equipment. Throughout the course you will also learn about film stock, film processing and the digitisation process, to better appreciate the pros and cons of using film as opposed to digital. By the end of this course you will be able to: Operate industry standard 16mm and 35mm film cameras Build, load, maintain and safely transport cameras and camera equipment Understand the complexities of shooting on film and the subsequent digitisation process [-]

Professional Course in Location Management

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom London

This course will provide a thorough and practical understanding of the role, function and responsibilities of the Location Manager and his/her team – including location finding, planning, legal aspects and working safely, elements of budgeting and communicating clearly with the production office and the on-set crew. [+]

A Location Manager’s role is to imagine, find and clear a location that is ‘perfect’ for the needs of the script, the director, the shooting unit and the production budget. A perfect location is one where the director has the ability to shoot at 360 degrees if required, with silence, while also keeping all the facilities the unit is ever likely to need close at hand. This two-week course is aimed at people who are organised, thoughtful, proactive self-starters, capable of working on their own and who want to become skilled in this absolutely vital area of production. This course will provide a thorough and practical understanding of the role, function and responsibilities of the Location Manager and his/her team – including location finding, planning, legal aspects and working safely, elements of budgeting and communicating clearly with the production office and the on-set crew. By the end of this course you will be able to: Articulate the role and responsibilities of the location manager and his/her team Collaborate with directors, cinematographers and art directors to identify appropriate locations Risk assess a location in terms of health and safety considerations and site logistics [-]

Professional Course in Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom London

Professional Course in Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling [+]

Professional Course in Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling [-]

Professional Course in Script Supervisors

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2016 United Kingdom London

Script Supervisor/Continuity. The role of the Script Supervisor involves working closely with the Director and camera crew on-set making sure that nothing is missed and ensuring that there is continuity throughout the editing and post-production process. [+]

This two-week course is aimed at those who want to learn and take on the role of an Assistant Script Supervisor/Continuity. The role of the Script Supervisor involves working closely with the Director and camera crew on-set making sure that nothing is missed and ensuring that there is continuity throughout the editing and post-production process. The majority of the time spent during the course will be on practical exercises - preparation and shooting - to give participants as much experience as possible to learn how to become ‘specialised observers’. Practical exercises will include being the script supervisor on short pre-set scenes to test observational skills. Also covered will be software packages most commonly in use and typical delivery materials for the director and editor. During the course, participants will be shown examples of work for analysis and discussion. By the end of this course you will be able to: Check eyelines, wardrobe, make-up, dialogue and all action shot on-set for continuity Provide detailed paperwork and marked up scripts for editorial department use Record information such as slates, camera and lens details for technical reference [-]

Professional Course in Storyboarding & Previz Artist

Campus Full time 2 weeks August 2016 United Kingdom London

This course provides insight into the role of the storyboard and the more technical role of Previz artist. Over two weeks students will cover the creative skills required to visualise scenes from the script, in order to best express the narrative and address the creative intentions of the Director. [+]

This course provides insight into the role of the storyboard and the more technical role of Previz artist. Over two weeks students will cover the creative skills required to visualise scenes from the script, in order to best express the narrative and address the creative intentions of the Director. Students wishing to take this course are therefore expected to demonstrate strong traditional drawing skills in order to clearly convey the composition and details of individual shots and sequences. Alongside the creative, students will consider technical aspects such as camera choice and lenses as well as the practicalities involved in realising a particular shot or sequence. For more complex sequences, pre-visualisation blends the artistic skills of a storyboard artist with the technical skills of a 3D animator and allows the Director to understand how to successfully execute a sequence of technically challenging shots and how a particular sequence will look once shot and cut together by an editor. By the end of this course you will be able to: Visually interpret other people's ideas in a cinematic way Employ pre-visualisation software to demonstrate a complex sequence of shots Recognise the technical, time and budgetary considerations inherent in your work [-]

Professional Course in Video Assist Operators and Assistants

Campus Full time August 2016 United Kingdom London

Video playback provides a point of reference for, and a method of monitoring, everything that is rehearsed and shot by the camera crew and recorded by the production sound mixer. Video Assist is used by Directors, (and other relevant crew members including script supervisors), who watch the video monitor during each rehearsal and take. [+]

Video playback provides a point of reference for, and a method of monitoring, everything that is rehearsed and shot by the camera crew and recorded by the production sound mixer. Video Assist is used by Directors, (and other relevant crew members including script supervisors), who watch the video monitor during each rehearsal and take. If playback facilities are available, video playback is used to review shots. Core skills covered during this intensive two-week course include knowledge of video, video playback equipment, video and audio cables, practised through a series of hands-on shooting exercises as part of a film crew. Additionally students on the course will address the increasingly technical aspects of the role such as on-set editing and VFX simulation. By the end of this course you will be able to: Set-up, monitor and troubleshoot SD and HD signals on-set Apply up-to-date knowledge of digital imaging technology to your role as a video assist Interact with crew and service the needs of various departments during a shoot [-]

Certificate

One Month Practical Filmmaking

Campus Full time 1 month June 2016 United Kingdom London

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmmakers and tutors, often including directing Master Tutor, Patrick Tucker. [+]

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmmakers and tutors, often including directing Master Tutor, Patrick Tucker. From the first day you arrive at the school in the heart of central London there are practical workshops and training exercises that provide a well-balanced introduction to the technical craft of filmmaking and the art of visual storytelling. The quality of the final work speaks for itself and we always encourage prospective students to go online and compare the quality of this work with that of other short courses anywhere in the world. Unlike some other short courses, the Certificate course at Central introduces students to ALL of the main aspects of contemporary filmmaking, including professional sound recording, casting and producing. This course is designed for those with little or no experience of professional filmmaking. The course is designed to provide training in professional practice at an introductory level. The age of students who have taken the course ranges from 18-55, with students travelling from all over the world. Students on the one month course are actively invited to attend social networking events during their time on the course to help build up a list of contacts for future projects. On the course you will have the opportunity to write, direct or crew on a high quality short film with professional actors and receive one-to-one support from working film industry experts. Students who have completed this course have gone on to make their own independent short films using the training and guidance they have received or gone on to apply for one of our full-time training programmes. Course Highlights Practical tuition from working film industry professionals Learn to shoot on film & professional high definition digital formats Shooting on location in and around London Smallest class sizes of any film school in London Learn to write and direct as well as working on your own short film Meet high-profile working industry professionals who tutor on the course Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class times Upcoming Courses The next course with available places begins on 11th of January 2016. Places on summer short courses always fill up so it is essential to book well in advance. The next start dates for the One-Month Certificate course are: 11th of January 2016 4th of April 2016 9th of May 2016 20th of June 2016 15th of August 2016 Requirements Our main requirement is that students are willing to commit whole-heartedly to the four week course as it is a highly intensive and requires passion and dedication. You will have a great time in an exciting and unique part of London, but this is not a holiday. It is a chance to experience real filmmaking with industry leading tutors and facilities, and we welcome applications for this course from anybody ready to get their hands dirty and begin their adventure in cinema. [-]

Six-Month Independent Filmmaking

Campus Full time 6 months April 2017 United Kingdom London

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience in filmmaking. While developing your skills in these key areas on your own film projects, you will also gain valuable hands-on experience working on-set as crew members for your fellow classmates. [+]

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience in filmmaking. While developing your skills in these key areas on your own film projects, you will also gain valuable hands-on experience working on-set as crew members for your fellow classmates. In doing so, you will gain practical skills and knowledge in assistant directing, production management, production design, cinematography and sound recording. In order to finish your films, you will also learn how to edit picture and sound and gain a thorough appreciation of all aspects of postproduction. By the end of this course you will be able to: Write, direct and produce your own independent short film projects Work on-set in a variety of crew roles with confidence Direct and motivate actors to deliver the intended performance for a scene No visa requirement for International students Currently taking applications for April 2016 Limited places available By the end of the course, you will have made 4 films and learned scriptwriting, directing, producing, cinematography, production design, editing, sound design and recording Six-Month Independent Filmmaking The Six-Month Independent filmmaking course has been designed to meet the demand for specific training in the major filmmaking disciplines for anyone who has a passionate desire to tell a film story but has had little or no experience in filmmaking. It would also be of interest to someone who has optioned a written work and wants to write, produce and direct it or a writer who is currently writing or has already written a script and wants to create a professional trailer, or shoot a scene to leverage the best chances of securing funding or a commission from a broadcaster. Roles Central Film School believes that filmmakers find their voice by having a thorough understanding of the technical processes involved in the telling of the story. Hence, the course prepares students in the following roles: Directing ( Director, 1st Assistant Director, Script Supervisor) Cinematography (Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Focus Puller, Clapper/Loader, Camera Assistant & Gaffer) Sound (Sound Mixer, Boom Operator) Producing (Producer, Production Manager, Location Manager) Editing (Editor, Sound Designer) Scriptwriting (Screenwriter) Course Highlights Excellent practical tuition from working film industry professionals. Learn to shoot on Professional High Digital. Work on excess of 4 films during the course. Smallest class sizes. Learn not only to write and direct, but also how to work effectively in key crew roles. Meet high-profile working industry professionals who tutor on the course. New high-spec facilities including a fully air-conditioned studio. Free access to equipment and facilities outside of class time. On Completion By the end of the course students will: Have a working understanding of everything from how to assess the dramatic and filmic merits of a script to adjusting the sound design of the final version of their film. Have gained practical skills in all major departments of filmmaking. Be trained in the use of Adobe products such as Adobe Premiere Pro. Be trained in professional production paperwork using industry standard software such as Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting. Have gained practical experience in shooting on a variety of digital formats. Students will have gained in excess of 4 film credits through the short films they write, direct, produce and crew on during their time on the course. These films are designed to provide the opportunity for students to apply the training they receive throughout the course. Student films are regularly submitted successfully to film festivals and can sometimes provide strong showreel material. [-]

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