Film Making

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VFX Academy Filmmaking course is an intensive course that requires students to make as many as 5 short films or projects to earn their Certificate!

Through its powerful Filmmaking Program, VFX has been creating a unique brand of professionals that are making their mark in the film and media industry. 

As with all courses at VFX Academy, the Film Making Course begins with a Foundation Module which gives students a thorough understanding of the basics of film making, visual effects and animation.

At the successful completion of the Foundation Module & Overall Introduction to Film Making, students can proceed to the Specialization Module. The full path to certification in Film Making is outlined below.

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Module 1 : Foundation

Duration : 3 Months

VFX Academy’s intensive Filmmaking Foundation gives students a thorough understanding of the craft of filmmaking. Through theory classes and practical projects, students acquire a technical understanding of cinematography and editing. Students learn how to visualise and story board their ideas. Students are also introduced to the history and aesthetics of film techniques with examples from popular films and world cinema. Acting classes enable students to learn about an actor’s process and how to direct actors. Students also learn about the role of Photography, VFX and CG in Filmmaking. Over the duration of the module, students make two short films.

Course Outline

  • Overall Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Introduction to Camera Operating – technical settings and understanding of DSLR Cameras
  • Introduction to Cinematography – using the technical aspects of the camera to shoot a story with a certain style.
  • Understanding basic angles and coverage
  • Pre-Production and Production of a short film
  • Post Production: Editing Software, Settings, Editing a film, Color Correction

 

Module 2 : Specialization

Duration : 3 Months

At the Specialisation level, the course strengthens the student’s technical skills acquired in Foundation and develop creative skills. It provides further depth into the technique and craft of cinematography, editing and sound. In this module, students shoot and edit anon-narrative film, which can be a music video or a documentary or an ad.

Course Outline

  • Film Visualisation: Students will learn to develop ideas, visualize their ideas and shoot their films. They will work in teams and form crews
  • Cinematography: DSLR camera, lenses, introduction to lighting, framing, composition, exposure, solving real-life challenges
  • Editing: Organizing footage, understanding software and settings, editing students’ films, color correction, sound design and exporting
  • Sound: Recording on-location sound and processing post-production sound

 

Module 3 : Professional

Duration : 3 Months

After successfully completing Foundation and Specialisation, students can choose from the following combination of Pro modules:

  • Pro Writing & Directing: Writing & Direction I + Writing & Direction II
  • Pro Cinematography: Production-Post Production + Cinematography Pro
  • Pro Editing: Production-Post Production + Editing Pro

Writing & Direction Pro Course I

Students focus on the language of cinema to tell a story that is their own. Through exploration of concepts of screenwriting, script breakdown and editing aesthetics; through constant script development and analysis exercises mentored by the faculty as well as extensive discussions in which students analyze each other’s scripts and provide feedback; Students begin to realize their directorial vision. Further, an exploration of the history and aesthetic of noteworthy of World Cinema, exposing students to films which they might otherwise not be familiar with, aims at making them “cinema literate.” During this module, students write and direct a short non-dialogue film.

Course Outline
Screenwriting:

  • Three Act Story Structure
  • Setting, Characters and Conflict
  • Industry Standard Screenplay Format
  • Thinking in Visuals Instead of Words
  • Anatomy of a Scene

Script Breakdown:

  • Cinematic/Visual Language
  • Breaking a Scene into Shots
  • Analysis of Scenes of Significant Films from Hollywood/World Cinema

Editing:

  • Basics of Continuity Editing
  • Basics of Montage

Cinema Appreciation:

  • Students are exposed to the best of World Cinema, thereby widening their cinematic vocabulary, expanding their horizons and possibilities

Writing & Direction Pro Course II

In this module, students now integrate the spoken word into their arsenal of cinematic skills, thereby reaching a certain level of maturity as filmmakers. Through extensive in-class theory and practical exercises, students develop further the discipline of screenwriting and directing, making them more prolific, efficient and skilled at the craft. The goal of this module is to thus enable students to acquire the skill-set required to become professional Assistant Directors and eventually, Directors. During this module, students write and direct a short film with dialogues.

Course Outline
Directing Actors:

  • In-class exercises dealing with casting, rehearsing and extracting performances

Use of Dialogue in Cinema:

  • Show it, don’t tell it: How to use dialogue correctly as an appendage to the visual rather than a replacement for it
  • How to write effective conversational dialogue
  • Dialogue as voice-over
  • How to use off-screen sounds and words
  • When not to use dialogue. The beauty of silence: the dramatic pause
  • The beauty of abstract/poetic monologues

Production-Post Production

This module combines in-depth theory and a practical understanding of cinematography and editing to give students essential skills necessary to become camera persons/editors in the industry. This module encourages the making of aesthetic cinematography showreels in addition to developing creative editing skills. During the course of this module, students shoot and edit Cinematography reel or a short theme-based film.

Course Outline
Cinematography:

  • Filming Methods and Perspectives
  • Filming Sequences for Framing, Continuity and Exposure
  • Sensors, Depth of Field and Exposure Latitude for HD Cinematography
  • Advanced Lighting and Exposure Techniques: Understanding Grey Scale, Manual Exposure, the Zone System
  • Digital Shooting Formats
  • Introduction to Grips
  • Script Analysis for Visual Treatment & Camera Blocking
  • Advanced Camera Technology and Functions
  • Color Theory, Grading, Transcoding and Workflows

Editing:

  • Exploration of the basic creative skills necessary for presenting footage for cinematography or editing students
  • Rhythm, Abstract Structuring, Advanced Transitions and Basic Colour Correction
  • Understanding the Production to Post-production Pipeline

Cinematography Pro

The Cinematography Pro module provides in-depth training in handling the RED Scarlet camera. It also focuses on helping students build showreels that showcase their cinematography skills and technical expertise.


Course Outline

  • Introduction to the DSMC System: Understanding the modular capabilities of the RED DSMC system with various monitoring, lens, and mounting options
  • Menu Structure: A complete overview of the camera menus and options
  • Best Practices for shooting Motion and HDRx, Panning speeds, Artifacts
  • Science of RED: Bayer Pattern, Resolution, Codec Choices, Wavelets and Color Science
  • Understanding Metadata
  • Exposure Dynamics: Shooting RED in low light, high contrast and daylight exterior
  • R3D Workflow
  • Editing and Grading Options
  • Data Dynamics: R3D file management, archiving, data rates and hardware options

Editing Pro

The Pro Editing module provides hands-on, experience-driven learning to students. The goal is to provide the student a thorough, in-depth technical understanding of the editing software, while applying these techniques for creative, storytelling purposes.

Students work with student footage as well as industry footage arranged for by the school. They edit a variety of different projects and thus acquire a clear understanding of the skillset required to become professional Editors and Assistant Editors.

Over the course of this module students edit a Thematic Mood Film, Trailer and a Structured Extract of a Narrative Film.
Course Outline

  • Advanced Post-Production Techniques & Color Correction
  • Editing Shortcuts, Workflows and Professional Practices
  • Aesthetics & Techniques of Narrative or Documentary Films, Trailers and Advanced Mood films
  • Soft skills for an Editor (Working with clients, directors, and other editors)
  • A Creative Exploration to Motivated Rhythmn, Story Structure & Transitions

Editing Projects:

  • Thematic Mood Film
  • Trailer (Pitch trailer/Student Film Trailer/Deconstructed Trailer)
  • Structured extract of a Narrative Film (Documentary or Scripted)
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