Digital Film School - Make a Movie Film Course for Teenagers - Summer Film School & Camp for Aspiring Filmmakers, Directors & Actors
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Teen Make a movie course

Places on all courses are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure that everyone gets a lot of hands on experience with the equipment. A deposit of €50 is required to secure a place and this can be paid online by clicking BOOK beside the course of your choice.


The Digital Film School course is a one-week, intensive course offering a comprehensive introduction to filmmaking. Our five-day, introductory course is designed for students with little or no experience in filmmaking. It is a hands-on, practical course that fully immerses students in the crafts of camera, lighting, sound, directing, screenwriting, editing, producing and storyboarding.


To equip all participants with technical filmmaking skills, which they can apply to future projects. (Camera, light, sound – capture shots that will cut together in the edit)

To equip all participants with intellectual filmmaking skills, which they can apply to future projects. (Story telling, screenwriting, directing, editing – how best to capture each shot to tell the story and the impact of where the shot is put within the film)

To provide all participants with a working knowledge of how a crew operates. To know the responsibilities of each role on set to ensure smooth and efficient filmmaking teamwork and congruent creative vision.

To understand the filmmaking process as separate to watching a film.

To impart production skills so students can bring a film in on budget, working with time constraints, actors availability and location accessibility.


We teach the art and craft of filmmaking through a balance of classroom instruction, hands-on film workshops, and immediate directing experience. Students are behind the camera from the first day of class. Students will learn about and explore the numerous visual, dramatic, and technical challenges that directors face.

Subjects covered include:


Controlling the look of the film and operating the camera. Get the most out of your camera (exposure, white balance, shutter speed, focal distances, camera angles as a narrative tool, handheld, tripod, effective clapperloading)


The role of light in the filmmaking process. Using light to paint the scene, creating mood through light. (gels, diffusion, intensity of light, colour temperatures, high contrast & low contrast lighting, 3 point lighting set up, creating depth within the 2D photograph)


Bringing moving pictures to life through sound. (Capturing clear dialogue, the importance of atmos & wild tracks. Sound problems: Peaking, distortion, off-mic. Types of mic: omni-directional, cardiod, shotgun. Mono, stereo, line mic. Sound editing: music and track laying, mixing, spot effects)


The role of the Director on and off the set. Working with actors, interacting with other crew members, congruent vision of final film.


Overview of narrative structure in film and visual story telling techniques including, plot, character, necessity clause.


The role of the Producer from pre to post production. Learn how to efficiently timetable and structure the shotlist into a working shooting order.


hands on work in visually translating the script to screen. The storyboard allows us to make sure we are all singing off the same hymn sheet, by providing a frame by frame visual outline.


Two days of the course are entirely devoted to picture and sound editing. Especially important in documentary making. Students really learn from their mistakes during this process.