Centre for Continuing Education

Filmmaking Course: The Nuts and Bolts

Film. Focus on cinema.

Appreciate and learn about film the smart way with Film courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

It starts with an idea, and before too long you’re standing at the back of a theatre watching an audience cry, laugh, or hide their eyes at something YOU made. It’s magic.

This filmmaking course will explain what’s ‘behind the curtain’. How movies are put together. You will learn about great movie ideas, their development, the process of hiring actors and crew, filming, post-production, legals, promotion, and sales and distribution.

This course is aimed at the beginner film producer, but is useful and accessible for anyone who wants to know how films are made.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, particpants should be able to:

  1. Better understand filmmaking.
  2. Make efficient use of their resources.
  3. Manage cast, crew and budget.
  4. Understand how to delegate and to whom.
  5. Set realistic goals.

Course Content

This filmmaking course covers the following topics:

Development

  • What is a producer?
  • Where do movie ideas come from?
  • What makes a good movie idea?
  • Defining a market
  • Low-budget v. ‘tent-pole’ movies
  • What is ‘genre’?
  • What attracts talent?
  • Writers and scripting
  • Where to seek development funding?
  • Private investment
  • Choosing a director
  • Heads of department – crewing
  • Casting – managers and agents
  • Deferred payment
  • Points
  • Scheduling for budget, etc.
  • Budgeting
  • "Show me the money!"

Production

  • Departments and functions
  • Working days
  • Storyboards
  • Studios and locations
  • ‘Star Wagons’ - Facilities
  • Editing
  • Stills
  • Shooting digitally – Data Wranglers
  • Dealing with incompetence
  • Being magnanimous

Post-Production

  • Rough cut and fine cut
  • Premier, Final Cut Pro, Avid
  • Music composition
  • Foley
  • M&E tracks
  • The mix

Promotion

  • EPK
  • Website
  • One sheets
  • Social media
  • Festivals

Sales

  • Sales Agents and deals
  • Markets
  • Delivery schedules
  • Theatrical, VOD, TV, etc.
  • Returns and residuals

Course Delivery

This course is delivered in a face-to-face, interactive question and answer style environment. The instructor will screen a film as a case study, explaining the concept and how it was made. Through this template, students will learn how to adapt that knowledge to their own movie projects. Occasionally the students will be asked to complete short tasks that will help them to analyse the information received in lectures.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • An inductive and informed course delivered by an industry professional. Highly recommended for any budding or working producers or film makers.

  • The tutor is amazing!! Very talented and an amazing teacher! I have learnt so much from him and he deserves all the success in the world!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the producing course and learnt an extraordinary amount of information that I believe will stay with me forever and I wouldn�t have found elsewhere. Thank you!

  • The teacher has a strong background in the film making industry, the structures of the discipline taught, and creates learning experiences that make the subject matter meaningful for students. Excellent at using a variety of technological and traditional methods to teach concepts in class and demonstrated extraordinary initiative, creativity and insight into students, content and pedagogy in the planning and implementation of lessons. It is evident that the tutor is highly qualified as a teacher and film making practitioner. I would highly recommended this course to people that I know.

  • A marvellous way to study the processes associated with film making.

$597 Limited GST free
Filmmaking Course: The Nuts and Bolts

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What others say.

  • The presenter was excellent with a great expertise in film. Also extremely helpful and supportive.
  • An inductive and informed course delivered by an industry professional. Highly recommended for any budding or working producers or film makers.