Centre for Continuing Education

Film School: Movie Production Course

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.

Aims

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

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the process of filmmaking
  • make efficient use of your resources
  • manage cast, crew and budget
  • understand how to delegate and to whom
  • set realistic/achievable goals.

Content

Development

  • The role of a producer
  • Movie ideas – where do they come from and what makes them great
  • Defining a market
  • Low-budget vs ‘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

Intended Audience

Suitable for anyone interested in the area of film producing, and those simply wanting to learn about how films are made.

Delivery Style

Delivered in a face-to-face, interactive question and answer style environment. The instructor will screen a selected film as a case study, explaining the concept and how it was made. Through this template, you will learn how to adapt that knowledge to your own movie project. Occasionally, you will be asked to complete short tasks that will help you to analyse the information received in lectures.

Materials

A course booklet will be provided during class.

Who teaches this course?

Marc Rosenberg has been an active member of the international film industry for over thirty years. As a screenwriter, he has won Australian Writer’s Guild Awards for the films Dingo (starring Miles Davis) and December Boys (starring Daniel ‘Harry Potter’ Radcliffe).

Marc has produced three of the seven films he has written. His last movie, Elevator, was made in the US and has sold all over the world. As an academic, Marc has taught screenwriting and film production at a number of universities in the United States, India, Norway and Australia.

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.

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.