Course: General Filmmaking


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Program Description

Key Facts

  • 10 Months (each year): optional length 1 - 2 years
  • 30 Hours/weekly practical classes + weekend shoots
  • €13890 1-year fee: affordable tuition
  • 25 hours/weekly work on own film project: average time, may go up to 40 hours

Filmmaking - College

If you are interested in filmmaking, you probably already have an idea of what it entails. It, of course, includes directing and production, but also the camera, sound, lighting, and the whole scene, along with ensuring the necessary effects, stuntmen, and post-production. Filmmaking at the Prague film academy will guide you through the entire filmmaking process.

We will show you what needs to be done before the production phase begins. We will teach you to analyze and write screenplays. The preparation of budgets and plans which you will never be able to do without is, of course, an integral part of the curriculum. And because the best way to learn is through practice, we will give you an opportunity to try out everything with us. Over 60% of the study are practical demonstrations and exercises. And as we want to keep up with the current trends and to provide you with up-to-date training, you will be taught only by the best instructors and filmmakers. Prague Film Institute ranks among the best film production universities.

Choose one of our professional film courses. We offer unrivaled background and tutors who are elite in their fields.

Basic Information

  • Optional length: 1 or 2 years. 10 months full-time each year
  • Tuition per year: € 13 890.
  • Dates: 2 September 2019 – 26 June 2020
  • Classes 5-8 hours per day, 9:30am to 5:00pm (Mon - Fri) + weekend shoots
  • Some of your free time will be busy with shoots, writing scripts and homework (during shooting periods may take up to 13 hours per day)
  • Technical equipment and study materials included
  • Internships on actual professional shoots

What will I learn?

  • How to work with a script and create a storyboard
  • How to direct actors and work with them through casting, pre-production, calling and on-set management
  • How to lead a small crew and manage a shoot according to industry-standard procedures
  • How to manipulate a professional digital camera and light a scene
  • How to record sound and create a sound design with special software
  • How to utilize professional editing software and learn the main principles of storytelling through editing
  • Post-production – key steps of post-production, working with film materials

Choose Your Specialization

Once you are accepted into PFI, you and all other students will be divided into teams, each of which represents a full film crew. For this purpose, each student chooses their minor and major skills. You will all study the same core unit which is mandatory for basic knowledge of the filmmaking industry, but you will get special training in the skills you choose. The major skill sets the direction for your whole study. You can choose between directing and cinematography. During your year study, you will work on 3 complete films. You will write and direct your own film with your major skill while also the crew on 2 other student productions using your minor skills.

Major Skills

Directing | Cinematography (Camera)

Minor (supporting) skills will be taken into account only during group activities and team projects. Ideally, you should have a basic knowledge of the minor skills you choose. You will choose one skill from each group below.

Minor Skills - Group A

Acting | Sound | Lightning | Production Design (Art Direction) | Grip

Minor Skills - Group B

Production | Editing | AD | Screenwriting

What Will My Future Career Be?

  • Film Director
  • Producer
  • Dramaturgist
  • Director of Photography
  • Film Editor
  • Casting Director
  • Production Manager
  • Unit Manager
  • 1St Assistant Director
  • Script Supervisor
  • Location Manager

Program Description

The General Filmmaking program is a high-intensity practical daily course designed to give you an all-around filmmaking experience. The program is divided into 2 separate years:

Year 1: Introduces you to the fundamentals of traditional filmmaking – directing, production, cinematography, screenwriting, editing and postproduction.

Year 2: Allows you a professional specialization in the area of your choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. A significant emphasis is placed on your final film, which should be of film festival quality.

Our teaching motto is “learn to do by doing” and 60% of our lessons are practical. Every week, you will be given creative and practical exercises while, at the same time, expected to work on your own film projects. Hands-on lessons are complemented by theoretical lectures, a series of student workshops in the facilities of our partners and masterclasses with award-winning, industry-leading professionals.

During your study, you will be involved in the production of a number of film projects in the position of your specialization. Drawing on this practical experience, you will go on to create a professional-quality diploma film in order to graduate at the end of the second year.

Study Modules

General Film Studies

  • Introduction to Film History
  • Introduction to Production Design
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Media & Communication


  • Creative Producing
  • Basics of Line Producing
  • Introduction to the Business of Film
  • Project Planning
  • Line Producing
  • Business of Film
  • Project Development
  • Location Management
  • Business Development
  • Talent Management

Sound Design

  • Theory of Basic Sound Principles
  • Basics of Electricity
  • Recording and Playback Theory
  • Recording and Playback Practice
  • DAW Practice
  • Film Project Sound Recording Theory
  • Room Acoustics
  • Theory of Psycho Acoustics
  • Theory and Aesthetics of Film Sound
  • DAW Working
  • Location Dialog Recording
  • Music Recording
  • Recording Theory & Practice
  • Sound Format Theory
  • Sound
  • Sound Format Practical
  • Film Project
  • Film Mix Practice

Action Scenes

  • Security of action scenes
  • Specifics of shooting preparation
  • Stunt coordination
  • Directing
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • SFX post-production
  • Directing
  • Time in Cinema
  • Aesthetics of Sound Design
  • Mise-en-Scene Studies
  • Screenwriting Studies
  • Cinematography Basics
  • Performance Dimension
  • Tools from the Masters
  • Film Theory
  • Night Shoot Documentary Film Workshop
  • Film Scheduling Workshop
  • Developing a Film Project
  • Formats & Workflows
  • Landscape Workshop
  • Location Shooting Exercise
  • Degree Film Distribution Plan
  • Degree Film


  • Editing hardware
  • Tools
  • Editing software (Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut)
  • Life Skills


  • Writing to Theme
  • Writing Characters
  • Utilizing the Story Frame (setting)
  • Dramatic Dialogue
  • Set-up/Pay-off, Causality, and Cosmology
  • Twin Tools of Drama: Intrigue and Suspense
  • Classic Narrative
  • Alternative Story Structures
  • Episodic Narratives for TV and Webisodes
  • Short Film Storytelling
  • Working with Genre
  • From Concept to Final Draft – a Screenwriter’s Workflow
  • Pitching
  • The Business of Screenwriting

Stunt Training

  • Stage Combat
  • Physical Risk Training
  • Maintaining Safety Measures
  • Fight Choreography
  • Practicing Weapon Techniques
  • Cinematography
  • Non-Motion Photography
  • Video Fundamentals (SD)
  • Visual Story
  • Motion Photography (35mm)
  • Mise-en-Scene Project
  • Motion Photography (16mm)
  • Digital Cinema Production (Red, Alexa, Blackmagic)
  • Video Fundamentals (HD)
  • Master Class
  • Music Video
  • Diploma Film
  • Documentary Film
  • Animation Film


  • Digital Art & Design
  • Foundation for VFX Compositing
  • CGI Foundation for VFX
  • Introduction to Effects Animation CGI Lighting for VFX
  • Digital Compositing 1
  • Effects Animation 1
  • MeS Project
  • Character FX (CHF)
  • Look Development for VFX
  • Degree Film Project

Production Design

  • Introduction to Production Design
  • Visualization Basics
  • Mise-en-Scene Project
  • Narrative and Decor
  • Visualization Advanced
  • Miniature Set Project
  • Production Design and Technological Advancement
  • Presentation Project - Narrative and Decor
  • Production Design and Technological Advancement
  • Set Design
  • Set Construction
  • Presentation Project - Production Design and Technological Advancement
  • Degree Film Project
  • Presentation Project

Program Entry Requirements

Minimum Age:

  • 18


All students who are not native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English have to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to our programs:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5
  • or equivalent.

If a student is unable to provide a certificate to support their claim of having sufficient knowledge of the English language, they will be asked to participate in a short interview with an appointed member of the staff who will assess their abilities of expression in English. If the student is unable to come to the interview in person, the interview will take place over Skype.

Prior Experience:

  1. Beginner
    • applicants with no or minimal production experience
    • an eye for and love of film are essential requirements
  2. Intermediate
    • intermediate experience in the filmmaking arena
    • must be able to demonstrate previous experience
  3. Advanced
    • completed degree in filmmaking and/or minimum 6 months’ work on set
    • demonstrable experience in making festival level / professional film projects

Film Courses

Our film courses are designed for all applicants aged 18+ who speak fluent English. The minimum required level of English is B2 - Upper Intermediate. A typical film course is structured as a one to two-year program. During the first year, you will acquire the basics in traditional filmmaking; in the second year, you choose a specialization according to what interests you most. As you will benefit most from the practical activities, more than half of the classes are devoted to exercises which allow you to try everything yourself.

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