‘Untaps the creative energies of young people and excellent value for money’
City of London School
The One Day Film School has run in UK & international schools since 2004, enabling over 72,000 young people to make their first films. Now also available online, it engages students with challenging, creative and collaborative activities, as well as learning new skills (screenwriting, filming, acting, editing).
The highlight is the Oscars ceremony. Students introduce their films – just like at Cannes – and premiere their mini-masterpieces on the big screen. The judging panel then decide which should receive the ultimate accolade: the Best Picture award. A photo of triumphant filmmakers with an Oscar statuette is great for your school’s social media.
Schools across the world are creating their own awards nights, with red carpets, nominees, black tie dress code, paparazzi… mocktails! Students and parents love the buzz of an awards night. Events like these are a great way for young people to bond and make enduring friendships, giving them shared memories that will last throughout their schooldays.
From the early days of film to the latest in special effects
Learn how to make your own Indiana Jones-style fight scenes… and make your own punch sound effect
Use your smartphone or tablet like a pro, and tips and tricks to avoid common mistakes
Discover the 3 key things every good script needs: how to tell a great story, create memorable characters… and make us care
TEN SHOT CHALLENGE
Make your own two minute short film with professional guidance
Pop the popcorn, sit back and enjoy your very own world premiere
WHAT SCHOOLS SAY…
What is the One Day Film School ?
It’s a filmmaking workshop run in schools since 2004, now also available online. Students take part in fun, practical activities throughout the morning. After lunch, they divide into groups (5-10 students per group), take on a role (director, producer, screenwriter, camera or actor) and make a short film based on a classic narrative (eg ‘a hero, a villain, something they both want’). Films can be up to 2 minutes and are silent (with music).
What’s the difference between the in person and online workshops?
Cost and flexibility. The in school workshop takes a day (9am-4pm, approx) whereas the online course, which is licensed to each student for 12 months, can last days, weeks or months. The online course mirrors the content and timings of the in person workshop, and can be completed in a day. To find out more, please contact us to discuss your requirements and pricing.
What’s the min/max number of students?
In person – min 25, max 250 students. Online – no min/max (groups have ranged from 5-500 students).
How involved do school staff need to be?
For the in person workshop, hardly at all. Young Film Academy facilitators take the reins throughout the day.For the online course, students need organising into groups of 5-10. The online is self-guiding, though it’s advisable for at least one staff member to familiarise themselves with the content beforehand. Younger groups may require more supervision. We also supply a Teacher’s Survival Guide containing helpful advice, including guidance for remote-learning groups.
What are the minimum technical requirements?
For the in person workshop, a single space (eg. theatre, school hall) with AV facilities (projector, sound) and inputs for our laptop. We supply all filming equipment. For the online, students need to view a series of short video lessons before dividing into groups for the practical activities. They can do this en masse, in groups or individually. Each group will need a device (smartphone or tablet) to film and edit, using iMovie (Apple) or PowerDirector (Android). Both software packages are free, but may need downloading beforehand.
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The ONE DAY FILM SCHOOL
The One Day Film School is developed by Young Film Academy (YFA), the UK’s leading provider of filmmaking courses for 8-18 year olds. Each year, YFA helps over 7500 young people make their first digital films.