Central Film School

Introduction

Central Film School was established in 2008 to offer highly personal and practical teaching by working professionals.

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

The school is a partner of the Bertha Foundation, a charitable organisation which champions forms of activism that bring about change. In line with the foundation's goals, Central Film School aims to nurture talent and support content creation that can change things in our world, which is why we've introduced new MA courses in social impact documentary and directing fiction.

All of our tutors are working film industry professionals and include those at the forefront of new and emerging technologies.

One of the key teachings at the film school is that while technical proficiency in filmmaking is necessary, this cannot engage and entertain an audience without a genuine focus on story.

We want to develop students with a thorough and robust appreciation of original, visual storytelling - studying an 'idea generation' process to provoke fresh and innovative approaches to narrative.

The school admits a maximum of one hundred students across all programmes each year in order to keep class sizes intimate and friendly, to ensure maximum interaction with tutors, and to give great access to all our equipment and facilities.

Central Film School has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at: www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews-and-reports/provider?UKPRN=10024024.

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that Central Film School is making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Courses

MA Directing Fiction

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 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 [-]

MA Social Impact Documentary Filmmaking

Campus Full time 1 year October 2017 United Kingdom London

This one-year MA 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 MA 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 [-]

Certificate

One Month Filmmaking Certificate

Campus Full time 1 month January 2017 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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