ST PAUL’S GIRLS’ SCHOOL
BRIGHTON COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL
CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL
What is the One Day Film School?
It’s an online course for young filmmakers (aged 8+) who want to make a short film, in school or at home. Students are guided by video sessions and practical exercises to create a two-minute silent film (with music) which can be shared, uploaded and enjoyed.
What are the minimum technical requirements?
A computer or device with internet connection, also smartphone or tablet with iMovie (iPhone) or PowerDirector (Android) for filming and editing.
What do I need to do beforehand?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote. Next, supply school email addresses for students taking part so they can be registered. Organise them into groups (5, approx) for the practical exercises, whether at home or school. Once booked, you’ll receive the Teacher’s Survival Guide with all info.
How does it work for students at home?
Within each group, students decide who’s filming what - and use a common object (eg apple) to link each shot. They then share clips and each have a go editing their film, then decide whose version they like best.
How does it work for students in school?
Students should watch the video sessions together then divide into groups for the practical exercises. Films can be premiered at the end of the day, with judging and prizes.
Is it disruptive?
For practical exercises, students need the ability to move around and film. Agree where (eg ‘garden only’ in advance). There’s no pressure to buy or do anything special, however you may wish to buy a melon for creating the punch sound for FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY, although any fruit will work… or meat… or a wet cloth.
Is the content appropriate for young children?
The course is rated PG (Parental Guidance). If you’re unsure, we recommend reviewing beforehand. The shark scene from Jaws (FILM HISTORY UNIT 5 - BLOCKBUSTERS) may be distressing for very young viewers and can be skipped.
How involved do I need to be?
The course is self-guiding, however there are in-video alerts where adult supervision may be required for practical exercises. All info is contained in the Teacher’s Survival Guide.
Does it have to be done in one day or can it be spread out?
It can be done in a day or over a week - or months! Access is for 12 months, so multiple films can be created.
What do I do with the finished films?
We encourage schools to create online film festivals, so students’ films can be enjoyed by the whole school community, with judging and prizes.
What can go wrong?
Make sure students have received the confirmation email and are able to log in, that they have functioning smartphones with edit software (iMovie or PowerDirector) installed, and enough free storage. A traditional video camera can be used for filming, though will require a computer for editing.