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Structure of Courses / Format 1

Course Structure
The course will work with each group towards the production of a 12 to 15 minute film each. The course is divided into five key stages. These are very broadly described below, as the full content of each workshop will be informed by discussions with facilitators and participants feedback nearer the time for the start of the project:

STAGE 1 / Weeks 1 to 5: Development of writing skills, and production of two film scripts;

STAGE 2 / Weeks 6 to 8: Learning about equipment, film language and photography;

STAGE 3 / Weeks 9 to 10: Further development of scripts using acquired skills / preparation of rehearsal and shooting schedules / Storyboards / Visualisation / location search;

STAGE 4 / Week 11 to 12: Filming of scripts (3 days per short film);

1 week break for processing film and transfer to digital format

STAGE 5 / Weeks 13 to 15: Editing of two short films and two screenings of the work produced. One in the afternoon so older residents can attend, the other early evening.

What activities/services will be provided

The project main focus is to provide tools for the development of creativity through filmmaking, raising the level of achievement and employability of those living in West Camberwell, whilst raising awareness and knowledge of environmental issues to residents, visitors and businesses in line with key Neighbourhood Renewal area priorities.

The project will provide a tailor-made filmmaking course lasting 16 weeks that reflects participants’ individual experiences of living in West Camberwell and the Environmental issues that affect them.

The main outcomes of the project are two fold:

• Educational
- Vocational training in writing for the screen and filmmaking;
- Literacy, presentation and visualisation.

• Environmental
- Greater awareness of current issues affecting the area;
- Improvement of collective responsibility and citizenship;
- Learning how to respond positively to the improvement of immediate local environment (street litter, car usage, rubbish dumping, etc.);
- Long-term impact of adequately safeguarding the environment.

One of the main features of the course is its strong hands-on approach: A number of scripts developed through a thirteen-week period, are produced in the medium of film (not video), and shown to a wider audience, through screenings, carried out at the Blue Elephant Theatre in West Camberwell. The event is aimed at other local residents and is aimed at raising issues relating to the environment of the area and foster open discussion.

Local residents will gain skills in the following key areas:

 Scriptwriting and development;
 Development and storyboarding;
 Visualization;
 The principles of photograpy;
 Using a film camera manually;
 Using boom/sound equipment;
 Film on location (interior/exterior);
 Storyboarding;
 Editing principles.

As part of the 16-week course, participants will take part in:

 Readings of written work produced by the group;
 4 days for rehearsal of scripts in studio;
 6 shooting days to film two selected scripts;
 4 days of editing, with a post-production editor;
 1 screening day for the two short films followed by a talk by the filmmakers at the Blue Elephant Theatre.

At the end of the course, participants will have produced:

 2 short films