Filmmaking Course with John Boorman

Step into the film and TV industry by learning how to direct a film, with instruction and guidance from award winning film director and lead tutor John Boorman, supported by his team of professional film crew.

This is your chance to work with experienced heads of department to kickstart your career in filmmaking and make valuable contacts in the film industry.

Course
Delivery Method
Classroom and Studio
Dates
25 February - 01 March 2019 
Duration
5 days 
Location
Dublin
Course
Delivery Method
Classroom and Studio
Dates
25 - 29 March 2019 
Duration
5 days 
Location
London
Course
Delivery Method
Classroom and Studio
Dates
May 2019 
Duration
5 days 
Location
Beijing

  • This practical, hands-on, immersive course in directing and contemporary filmmaking will bring you through the creative process of filmmaking from script to screen.
  • You will learn the art of screenwriting, storyboarding, scheduling, casting, directing, lighting, camera work, sound recording and digital editing.
  • At this end of this course you will have the necessary skills to make a short film for your business or for pleasure.

Networking

During the course you will have opportunities to network in an informal setting with fellow attendees, tutors and representatives from the film and TV industry.

Who Will Benefit From This Filmmaking Course?

This course is aimed at people who want to “step into” the film and TV industry. Participants may be enthusiastic hobbyists, or they may wish to use filmmaking as an additional skill within their employment, or may see this as a stepping stone or a foundation course to take the next step into the world of professional filmmaking.

Lead Tutor

This is a bespoke service catering for all skill levels, where participants will have the opportunity to engage with the highly experienced course instructor John Boorman, an award-winning film director with over 40 years' experience at the highest level, and his team of professional film crew.

Certificate

On the successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a personalised Irish Film School Certificate of Completion in Filmmaking, signed by John Boorman, in recognition of your educational achievement.

Alumni

You will also be invited to join the IFS Alumni Association where you can continue to exchange information, share tips and receive exclusive offers and invitations to events.

Day 1: The Unturndownable Script

Day 2: Where to Point the Camera

Day 3: Nuts and Bolts

Day 4: Your Light

Day 5: Post

Detailed Content

Day 1: The Unturndownable Script

  • Introductions: Meet John Boorman and your fellow attendees

Intensive study in:

  • Genres
  • Structure
  • Final draft
  • Working alone
  • Working with a writer
  • How to attract a lead actor
  • Group discussion on a scene written by John Boorman
  • Social Programme: group welcome dinner in city centre (optional)

Day 2: Where to Point the Camera

Intensive study in:

  • Storyboarding
  • Number of set ups
  • Film the art of the possible
  • Limitations force you into creative solutions
  • Group discussion on the scene

Day 3: Nuts and Bolts

On this day Michael Dryhurst an experienced line producer and production manager, whose work includes The Emerald Forest (1985) and Hope and Glory (1987), will support John Boorman with an intensive study in:

  • Schedule
  • Budget
  • Set design
  • Locations
  • Working with AD
  • Working with a Production Manager
  • Working with a Set Designer
  • Number of shooting days
  • Number of set ups per day
  • Relationship with DP
  • Directing actors
  • Schedule for “Queen and Country (2014) to be distributed and discussed
  • Group discussion on a scene from “The Making of Zardoz”
  • Social Programme: Irish Film School Networking Event

Day 4: Your Light

On this day actors will be brought into the studio to demonstrate the casting process. Two actors will be selected during this process to shoot the test scene.

Students will have the opportunity to try different filmmaking techniques with John Boorman and cinematographer Seamus Deasy, whose work includes Queen and Country (2014) and The Tiger’s Tail (2006), including:

  • The Camera
  • Movement
  • Lighting
  • Set ups
  • Framing
  • Breaking down a scene
  • Hands-on demonstration by Seamus Deasy of three types of camera: film and digital cameras and super 16mm camera
  • Shooting and editing the test scene

Day 5: Post

On the final day students will work with John Boorman on various elements of post- production with an intensive study in:

  • Complete editing of the test scene
  • ADR
  • How a movie finds its shape
  • Previews
  • Connecting with the audience
  • Group discussion and review of the week
  • Distribution of John Boorman’s essay “The Film Process”
  • Presentation of Certificates by John Boorman
  • Social Programme: networking drinks

This one-week Filmmaking course is designed to give you a hands-on, intensive and immersive introduction into filmmaking and directing. The IFS social programme will allow you to network with like-minded individuals and build valuable relationships and contacts with your fellow students and with professionals from within the film industry.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course you will have acquired the necessary skills to direct a feature film.

Certificate

Upon successful completion of the course you will be presented with a personalised Irish Film School Certificate of Completion in Filmmaking, signed by John Boorman, in recognition of your learning and achievement.

Alumni

Our Alumni Association will allow you to stay in touch long after your course has finished and will give you a forum where you can exchange information, share tips and receive exclusive offers and invitations to events.

The Future

This course will give you the confidence to go on to further study, to begin working in the film industry or to change careers. Many of those in employment will add value to their CVs with a new skill in digital filmmaking and could receive a promotion or an increase in salary as a result of completing this course.

Advantages

  • Personal tuition from an internationally acclaimed and award-winning film director
  • Coursework folder with comprehensive notes to take home
  • Instruction from a “working” professional film crew
  • State-of-the-art studios and classrooms
  • Limited number in student cohort
  • Easy transport links to the campus
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Full social programme
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to exclusive Alumni Association

Lights, Camera, Action!

Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 30 students per cohort. So, take your first step into the business and contact us today!

  • To receive more information, please order a free brochure. Fill in your details and we will immediately send you a free copy of the Filmmaking brochure.
  • You can enrol now for this Filmmaking course with a credit card using our secure online enrolment form.