5 week Introduction to Smartphone Filmmaking (May 2019) — Overview
Smartphones have become one of the most used tools in our day to day life, this course aims to help you unlock the full potential of your phone.
This short course is an introduction to Smartphone filmmaking for absolute beginners You will learn how to use your phone’s camera and computer based editing software programmes to make high quality digital films. These films can be viewed anywhere including through social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook and high end video streaming sites such as Vimeo and YouTube.
Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place
Start Time: 17:45
End Time: 20:45
Start Date: 07/05/2019
End Date: 04/06/2019
Week 1 - Induction: Camera basics and other tools
A straightforward practical induction to the equipment available for use at Plymouth College of Art and to the tools that students will use across the course.
This will include orientation on editing softwares, audio recorders and lighting equipment.
You will be introduced to various films that have been made using smartphones, you will also be introduced to audio and visual storytelling techniques to broaden your creative devices.
Week 2 - Storytelling, Composition and Lighting
Your Ideas for your film will influence this session and it will be focused around what you personally want to make.
You will explore composition, framing a shot and camera angles, you will be introduced to using readily available lighting including fluorescent, tungsten, LED and, of course, daylight, to create a range of different styles and looks for your film.
Week 3 - Making your film
Throughout the course, you will be invited to work on developing your own short film. During this week, you will be able to concentrate on your own project within the session and get one to one support on any issues that you may be facing.
Week 4 - Visual Editing
Having completed filming, you will use some basic theory and examples from films to explore the editing process. Using industry standard editing software, you will craft your short films. You will focus on how to use the software through tutorial session and then how to cut, splice, and transition between shots to craft the finished film.
Week 5 - Finishing, Exporting, Sharing and Viewing
This final session will look at what your finished film might include. You will explore adding soundtrack, simple effects, titles and credits. You will also learn how to ‘export’ your finished film and upload it to a video sharing site, ready to show friends, family and the world.
The course will end with the group watching and critiquing each film, in order to understand how an audience reads your story and to see if your ideas have been conveyed effectively.
Please note, the above course content should be viewed as a guide. The tutor may choose to alter content according to student needs.
Computer literacy is required. Experience with Apple computers would be an advantage. No film related experience is required.
Materials and Equipment
Please bring a smartphone, notebook, pen and memory stick (8 or 16 GB).
Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.
Dajain Daley is a freelance filmmaker from East London now based in Plymouth working in collaboration with Plymouth College of Art. One of his main interests is in sound and its various uses in moving image, such as how it can be used to create space, evoke emotions and take lead in film and moving image.
Dajain graduated from Plymouth College of Art, and has over 8 years experience working on films and digital media projects of all budgets large and small. His experiences to date includes work on projects that use quick and frugal methods such as smartphones with skeleton crews, all the way up to very large projects with massive crews and huge sets. At this point in his career Dajain is perfectly poised to help you start or further your life as a creative practitioner in moving image.