8 Month Full Time Practical Filmmaking

Course Overview

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.

Stage 1 – Filmmaking Skillset – 3 Weeks

  1. Introduction to the Film Industry
  2. Shot Composition
  3. Digital vs Film Cameras
  4. Introduction to DSLRs
  1. Zoom & Prime Lenses
  2. Rigs, Tripods & Stabilizers
  3. Camera Movement
  4. Lighting for Film
  1. Music in Film
  2. Sound Recording
  3. Boom Mic Operation
  4. Field Recording

Stage 2 – Development & Pre-Production – 3 Weeks

  1. Script Structure
  2. Character Development
  3. Script Dialogue
  4. From Script to Storyboard
  1. Storyboarding
  2. Research
  3. Locations
  4. Equipment
  1. Crew
  2. Props & Costumes
  3. Casting
  4. Schedule, Permits & Release Forms

Stage 3 – Practical & Principal Photography – 3 Weeks

  1. Pre-Production Brief
  2. Practical Photography Requirements
  3. Indoor Practical Photography
  4. Outdoor Practical Photography
  1. Indoor Filming Part 1
  2. Indoor Filming Part 2
  3. Outdoor Filming Part 1
  4. Outdoor Filming Part 2
  1. Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 1
  2. Cutaway/Filler Shots Part 2
  3. Field Recording Part 1
  4. Field Recording Part 2

Stage 4 – Post-Production – 3 Weeks

  1. Introduction to Non-Linear Editing
  2. Understanding Workflows
  3. Setting up Project & Sequence
  4. Source & Program Monitors
  1. Editing Essentials
  2. Putting Clips in Motion
  3. Adding Titles & Transitions
  4. Video Effects & Basic Color Correction
  1. Editing & Mixing Audio
  2. Exporting a Master Copy
  3. Final Project Management Steps
  4. Importing Projects or Sequences

Stage 5 – Compositing – 3 Weeks

  1. Understanding Workflows
  2. Importing & Organising Assets
  3. Timeline & Key Frames
  4. Parenting and Nesting
  1. Working with Text
  2. Effects, Presets & Adjustment Layers
  3. Using Expressions
  4. Effective Motion Tracking
  1. Color & Light
  2. Basic Sky Replacement
  3. Muzzle Flashes, Fire & Explosions
  4. Fog, Smoke and Mist

Stage 6 – Color Keying & Masking – 3 Weeks

  1. Understanding Color Keying
  2. Measuring & Filming Back Plates
  3. Setting up the Green Screen
  4. Filming on Green Screen
  1. Color Keying
  2. Fine-Tuning & Problem Solving
  3. Alternatives for an Impossible Key
  4. Matching & Combing Layers
  1. Working with Masks
  2. Mask Options and Variable Feather
  3. Animating Masks
  4. Advanced Sky Replacement

Stage 7 – 2K & 4K RAW Workflows – 3 Weeks

  1. Introduction to Raw Media
  2. Canon RAW System
  3. Black Magic Design RAW System
  4. RED RAW System
  1. Dynamic Range Explained
  2. RAW Benefits & Misconceptions
  3. Designing Workflows
  4. Transcoding Proxies
  1. Setting up Projects
  2. Ingesting the Footage
  3. Editing via Proxies
  4. Outputting & Final Render

Stage 8 – The Colorist & Color Grading – 3 Weeks

  1. Introduction to the Color Grading
  2. Color Grading History
  3. Color Science & Theory
  4. Color Management & Calibration
  1. Create Projects & Compositions
  2. Cinematic use of Color & Contrast
  3. Primary & Secondary Color Correction
  4. Creating Looks & Styles
  1. Creating Emotions through colors
  2. Popular Iconic Looks & Styles
  3. Black & White, Day for Night & Color Isolation
  4. Final Render

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.


8 Month Practical Filmmaking – Course Hours Breakdown:

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


Next Starting Date: 2nd October 2017 – 9,500

Starting Date Option 2: 9th April 2018 – 10,000

Classes: 4 Days/Week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time:  10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00

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.

All classes have a participation of a maximum of 6 students, to guarantee individual attention.

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.

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.

Participants are given the opportunity to enhance their portfolio by participating and delivering on commercial projects. (T&Cs apply)

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)

A flat fee of Euro150 is incurred for every 4 stages of the programme to cover consumables and is inclusive of the Administration fees.

Booking & More Info:

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