Digital Filmmaking: A Practical Introduction  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes and 1 weekend filmshoot on 29-30th October £590.00 CS1335 Apply Now
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes and 1 weekend filmshoot £590.00 CS1335 Apply Now

Course Content

This introduction to Digital Filmmaking short course, run by experienced industry professionals, provides an opportunity to learn about digital filmmaking by taking part in the making of a short film. Students are introduced to rapidly developing digital formats, and the course takes them through the pre-production, production and post-production processes of making a short film. Students shoot on a professional digital camera and edit using Adobe Premiere film-editing software.

Why choose the Digital Filmmaking short course?

Dynamic and stimulating, City’s Digital Filmmaking short course is led by industry practitioners.

Structured over 8 weekly evenings and one weekend filmshoot, our part-time Digital Filmmaking course is ideal for anyone interested in personal or professional development.

Tutor Info

David Pope is a director, producer and screenwriter. He also works as a consultant on projects, company strategy and in developing and delivering training and development programmes for the international film industry and to the wider creative and cultural industries.

Directing credits include the award winning feature film MILES FROM NOWHERE.

Training and support work has included previously holding the position of CEO of the NPA  (a national membership organisation for producers, directors and screenwriters) and Director of Education for New York Film Academy in London. David has also worked as a training consultant on curriculum and faculty development for The Irish Film Academy, The Metropolitan Film School, London Film Academy and City, University of London. He is also the consultant / moderator for The Rotterdam Lab for emerging producers at CineMart. Other clients, partners and collaborators have included the BFI, UK Film Council, BBC, Cannes Cinefondation, Xingu Films, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Lionhead Studios, Power to the Pixel, Xingu Films, UK Film Centre at Cannes Film Festival, Short Film Corner Cannes Film Festival, Film London and FIKE (Portugal), IPIFF (Romania) and Expresion en Corto (Mexico) film festivals.

In 2009 David was selected as a participant on the British Council Cultural Leadership International programme. Following cultural leadership conferences in Jordan and the UK his personally devised programme included meetings at Futures of Entertainment at MIT, The Sundance Institute, Film Independent and the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

David is a British Film Institute associate tutor and has industry mentored for First Light, the UK Film Council backed initiative to support filmmaking by young people.


You need to be computer literate. Although not compulsory, a basic understanding through experience of filmmaking processes or related disciplines would be useful.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

On the Digital Filmmaking course you will understand how the pre-production, production and post-production stages of digital filmmaking relate to each other creatively and practically. You will develop an understanding of the creative use of sound, camera and post-production techniques for your own film projects.

Initial classes on Visual Storytelling for directors will build your knowledge of using the camera as a storytelling tool, which will then be put into practice in pre-visualising a scene you will write during the first few weeks.

Under the supervision of two tutors you will then direct that scene during the practical shoot weekend in addition to taking on roles in camera and sound for other students shooting their scenes. Important topics such as blocking action and maximising use of location form part of the process during the weekend.

During the final creative stage you will learn how editing further develops a story through pace and point of view.
Developing an understanding of the creative interconnection between the writing, shooting and editing stages underpins the course.

  • Week 1. Directing. Writing a Brief.
  • Week 2. Directing.
  • Week 3. Cinematography.
  • Week 4. Production.
  • Shoot Weekend (Camera provided: JVC GY-HM650E ProHD)
  • Week 5. Editing.
  • Week 6. Editing.
  • Week 7. Editing.
  • Week 8. Editing and final review.

Teaching and Assessment

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions as guided by your tutor.

Recommended Reading

While we encourage you to read the books on the reading list for your course, we recommend that you speak to the tutor before investing in the purchase of any essential text.

Jones, C and Jolliffe, G (1996) The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook. Cassell

Ohawian, T and Phillips, M.E. (2001) Digital Filmmaking. Focal Press

A detailed web resource list and reading list will be provided by the tutor.

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