Semester 1 runs from late September to late January.
Semester 2 runs from early February to late May.
All courses involve a minimum 14 classes.
Discover the art of film-making – and act in front of the camera, too, if you wish! Learn – or review – the basics of film making as you try your hand at storyboarding, directing, camera operation, audio, lighting and production design. Each hands-on film course begins with a sequence of short film projects; by rising to challenges set by the instructor and critiquing the results of their work, students develop all the skills they need to move to the second stage: creating their own short film. Explore the work of famous directors as you search for inspiration, then brainstorm the subject of your own movie. Discover how to tell a story visually, and how to create mood and tension through your manipulation of the film medium. Learn how to act in front of a camera if you wish, or rotate between various production jobs as you film your movie in the Centauri studio and on location in the neighbourhood. You’ll experience the collaborative nature of filmmaking as you work as an independent collective to take your film from an initial idea to finished product. In the last week of the course we’ll host a screening of the finished short film in front of an invited audience, and all participants receive a copy of their work to share with friends and family.
As our instructors are working arts professionals, it may occasionally be necessary to cancel or reschedule a class, due to their commitments (auditions, filming schedules, etc.). However, we always offer a minimum of 14 classes – or the equivalent in hours – for every course. In some cases, when it suits the projects undertaken by the group and the schedule of the instructors and participants, we may offer a full-day intensive, in place of 2-3 classes. Example: a full day on set to shoot a movie, or an 8-hour rehearsal for our actors.
TRISH'S JOURNEY, a short film created by the film students at Centauri Arts Academy, 2017.