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Dear Filmmakers,

Our Programmes

The Met Film School is an exciting place to be, there’s always a buzz and it’s as invigorating for its tutors as it is for its students. We live and breathe filmmaking. We select students who show passion, talent and determination to succeed, and offer a variety of full-time and part-time programmes to fit your needs, whether you’re a school leaver looking for an intensive BA; a graduate looking to build on your academic experience; or a working professional considering a change in career direction.

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We are very excited about introducing four new BA programmes for 2009, combining filmmaking with television, interactive media, digital cinematography and visual effects and animation. In this prospectus you can find out about all our programmes and courses for the coming year. However, the best way to discover how we can help your career is to come and meet us. Our Enrolment Advisors are always available, so please call on +44 20 8280 9119 to arrange a meeting or simply to discuss your needs.

FOCUSED ON YOUR

CAREER Our tutors are all industry professionals who will help you learn the skills, gain the experience and develop the contacts you need to launch your career.

From day one you will enter the real world – outstanding, professional facilities within one of the world’s most famous film studios. Your experience will challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally. But we promise that it will be stimulating, fun and immensely rewarding. Whichever programme or specialisation you choose, you can be assured that it has been designed to meet the needs of today’s film and media industries.

Our Advisory Partner

Validating Body

All courses are developed in consultation with industry partners and in line with Skillset’s vocational standards.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school!

Jonny Persey Director of Met Film School and Film Producer

Alexander Mackendrick* said: “Film writing and directing cannot be taught, only learned.” At the Met Film School, you’ll spend most of your time making films with the support of professional filmmakers. I don’t know any other way to learn.

Stephen Frears Met Film School Patron and Director of My Beautiful Launderette and The Queen * Alexander Mackendrick was one of Ealing Studios’ best-known filmmakers, directing classics such as The Man in the White Suit and The Ladykillers. 02 | Call us on +44 20 8280 9119

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More than a film school The Met Film School is part of the Met Film group, alongside Met Film Production, Met Film Post, Met Film Creative and Met Film Distribution. We’re not just close to the industry, we’re inside it. We regularly employ alumni within our own network of companies, and many others have gone on to work with our other industry partners, as well as elsewhere in the industry. Current industry partners include:

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Met Film productions include:

industry-relevant

learning

The best way to learn filmmaking is to make films, with the support and guidance of experienced industry practitioners. Our philosophy is based on three main principles: Active Participatory Learning

Professional Development

You learn most effectively by actively taking part in the process. Most of your time at the Met Film School will be spent in workshops, group discussions and practical exercises. You’ll learn by making your own filmmaking decisions in a supported, structured environment.

We help all our degree and one-year students prepare for the next steps after leaving the school. You’ll benefit from one-to-one and group sessions which focus on your aspirations and plans, including personalised objective-setting and career advice. You’ll also have constant contact with industry professionals to help build your own network. And at the end of the degree programme you’ll be eligible for a Professional Practice Certificate as a testament to your professionalism.

Self-Exploration We encourage you to develop your own distinct ‘voice’ as a filmmaker, and you will have plenty of opportunity to explore film as a medium for your own self-expression. Personal mentoring is fundamental to our highly tailored approach and you will be constantly challenged to develop your own original style.

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talent

FLOWs The Met Film School actively supports the professional progression of our students, alumni, tutors, employees and their ideas. We call this our talent flow. Successful Met Film School students benefit from work placement opportunities at our satellite businesses and our industry partners. In turn, professionals from these organisations come and teach at the school. 06 | Call us on +44 20 8280 9119

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We’re guided

by the Best

2 Oscars

9 BAFTAs

Our Advisory Board consists of accomplished industry professionals, including BAFTA members, major distributors, award-winning filmmakers, and leading film educationalists. Their varied knowledge and expertise help guide the direction of the school and ensure the most relevant and industry-focused student experience.

Tutors as passionate

about Teaching as they are about filmmaking

1 Peabody

1 GRIERSON

These are just some of our tutors:

Jonny Persey

Producer of Wondrous Oblivion, Deep Water and Heavy Load

RUSSELL STOPFORD

BAFTA-winning Creative Director of FourDocs. Film Producer of ID – Identity of the Soul

London is Europe’s largest David Freeman film capital, and some of Editor of The Full Monty, Mickey Blue Eyes and How to the UK’s most successful Lose Friends and Alienate People filmmakers teach at or advise the school. You Lisa Neeley won’t find more committed, Co-director of screenplay talented, energising development consultancy, professional tutors anywhere. The Script Connection 08 | Call us on +44 20 8280 9119

Stephen Frears

Carlo Dusi

Founder of Aria Films and Producer of Little Ashes

Jim O’Brien

Director of The Jewel in the Crown

David Gamble

Editor of Shakespeare in Love, Veronica Guerin and Shopgirl

Paul Wheeler BSC

Former BBC Senior Drama Cameraman and Director of Photography of Inspector Morse, Oklahoma and King Lear

Josh Appignanesi

Director of Song of Songs and Nine ½ Minutes

Director of High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things and The Queen 


Thomas HØegh

UK Film Council Board member and founder of Arts Alliance 


Roger Laughton

Chair of South West Screen and Deputy Chair of the BFI

Susan Benn

Founder and Artistic Director of Performing Arts Labs

Judy Counihan

Oscar-winning Producer of Antonia’s Line and No Man’s Land

Sarah Gavron

Director of Brick Lane

Cameron McCracken

Managing Director of Pathe UK

Michael Gubbins

Editor of Screen International

BARNABY THOMPSON

Head of Ealing Studios, founder of Fragile Films and Producer of St. Trinians and An Ideal Husband

Dick Ross

Former Deputy Director at the NFTS and former Chair of Graduate Film at NYU and Columbia University

Jill Tandy

Head of Commercial Affairs at NBC Universal International Television Production

Christoph Röhl

6

oscar nominations

17

BAFTA nominations

Co-founder of Met Film School and Director of Ein Teil von Mir

Francis Seriau

Our Advisory Partner

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FILM 2.0 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? The Met Film School sits at the heart of an industry which is going through an evolution as momentous as the advent of sound and colour. New technologies in production, post-production and distribution are disrupting traditional models and working practices, leading to numerous opportunities for the next generation of talent. You. 10 | Call us on +44 20 8280 9119

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professional practice certificate The Professional Practice Certificate (PPC) is a unique award developed by the Met Film School to recognise outstanding students by communicating their professionalism to prospective employers.

The PPC is designed to assess skills that are invaluable to a career in the creative industries: attendance & punctuality, time management, responsiveness to feedback, communication and teamwork. Successful graduates will be given a certificate at the end of the programme

the difference

7 % of our alumni

in value

are working in creative industries*

reflecting their professional practice score, which will demonstrate their level of skill to the industries in which they will seek employment. Students with a high PPC score will be rewarded with certain benefits offered by the Met Film School, including the unique Industry Placement scheme.

Met Film School Degree

vs.

Typical University Degree

Just two years, allowing you to start your career sooner

THREE to FOUR years

Emphasis on practical experience

MOSTLY THEORY: Limited practical experience

30 hours per week on average

15 hours per week on average

Taught by industry professionals

Taught by academics

Latest professional facilities

Limited ACCESS TO facilities

Emphasis on small classes and one-to-one tuition

Usually taught in large class sizes

Constant contact with Filmmakers

LIMITED professional networks

Ealing FILM Studios

University campus

Professional Practice Certificate

No professional qualifications

All filmmaking students always write, direct, edit and own their films

Students usually work in groups on collaborative projects

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Two Year intensive

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

CORE MODULES

COMMON MODULES

degrees

Our unique two-year programmes are the most practical and intensive BA (Hons) degrees in filmmaking in the UK. The combination of film with television, interactive media, digital cinematography and visual effects and animation is unrivalled by any other course. Visual storytelling underpins all of these disciplines; therefore all students on these programmes gain a deep understanding of its importance and how to apply it to their preferred area of media. You will exercise your awareness of visual storytelling on projects which you will write, direct and edit yourself, as well as collaborations in which each specialism is brought to play. These degrees are taught by active industry professionals, preparing students for working life by combining the latest industry tools, technologies and practice with a solid foundation in the timeless art and craft of visual storytelling. Please note, our degrees are awarded by Thames Valley University. Our Advisory Partner

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DIGITAl VIDEO PRODUCTION WRITING FOR THE SCREEN DOCUMENTARY: THEORY & PRACTICE APPLIED DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: THEORY & PRACTICE MEDIA STUDIES CRAFt SKILLS THE MOVING IMAGE IDENTITY & DIFFERENCE IN THE MOVING IMAGE SMALl SCREEn PRODUCTION

planning production and project management professional industry practice ANALYSING FILM, BROADCAST & NEW MEDIA

specialised MODULES

DEGREE AWARDED

craft skills directing fiction & drama movements & genres feature film production experimental film & video

BA (Hons) PRACTICAL FILMMAKING

craft skills directing fiction & drama multi-camera production: drama, factual & entertainment digital broadcast creative development: from idea to pitch

Ba (HONS) FILM & television

compositing, motion graphics & animation multimedia storytelling interaction: web design & programming digital broadcast Creative sound: recording & design

Ba (HONS) FILM & INTERACTIVE media

compositing, motion graphics & animation visual effects fundamentals 3d character modelling & animation acting & directing for animation visual realities

Ba (HONS) FILM, visual effects & animaTion

Visual Storytelling Digital Film: From Camera to Screen Lighting for Story Shooting Digital Lighting Techniques

Ba (HONS) FILM & digital cinematography

Validating Body

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BA (HONS) Film & Television Directing Fiction & Drama

Develop your own individual directing style and build your skills in script analysis, casting and rehearsal, working with actors and visual storytelling.

module overviews Year One

core Modules Digital Video Production Get a practical foundation in filmmaking and write, direct, produce and edit your first film. Gain basic skills in film grammar, industry conventions, concepts in production, pre-production, digital cinematography, lighting, sound and editing techniques.

Media Studies Gain insight into the key issues and debates that surround mass communication and the media.

The Moving Image Develop your understanding of the moving image in all its forms, based around the themes of film language, narrative, genre and stars.

Craft Skills One Heavily practical module in which you will gain a foundation in the art and technique of camera, sound and editing. Includes Apple certified Final Cut Pro HD® training.

Documentary: Theory & Practice Make your own documentary film and gain an understanding of the movements and theories in the documentary tradition.

Identity & Difference in the Moving Image Explore the representation of race and ethnicity in film and television.

Small Screen Production Make a film for the small screen – be it the internet, mobile phones or TV. Drawing on the technical, production and creative skills you have gained in the year you will take a project from script to screen.

Year Two

Common Modules Analysing Film, Broadcast & New Media Explore approaches to the analysis of narrative, and scriptwriting theorists‚ approaches to the creation of film, television and new media content.

Writing for the Screen

Professional Industry Practice

Explore the screenwriting craft and the building blocks of narrative. Analyse and understand screenplays, and write two drafts of your own screenplay.

Develop your understanding of the organisation and business of contemporary industry practice and build your skills in communication, business planning and teamwork.

Applied Digital Technologies: Theory & Practice

Planning production & project management

Develop skills using digital creation and manipulation tools. Get an overview of the impact these technologies have on filmmaking.

Build your understanding and skills in project management for film and television from budgeting and scheduling to organising yourself and others.

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Craft Skills 2 Develop in-depth skills in digital cinematography, editing and sound. This module will equip you with a full range of technical skills and understanding at an advanced level.

Year Two

SPECIALISED Modules BA (HONS) PRACTICAL Filmmaking

Multi-camera Production: Drama, Factual & Entertainment Gain experience of multi-camera filming, including vision-mixing for live and ‘as-live’ productions. Get real practice of the studio floor roles along with an understanding of the function of a studio gallery.

Directing Fiction & Drama

Digital Broadcast

Develop your own individual directing style and build your skills in script analysis, casting and rehearsal, working with actors and visual storytelling.

Develop an awareness of new digital broadcast technologies covering all formats from the smallest mobile screen to 4K digital cinema distribution and beyond.

Craft Skills 2

Creative Development: From Idea to Pitch

Develop in-depth skills in digital cinematography, editing and sound. This module will equip you with a full range of technical skills and understanding at an advanced level.

Movements & Genres Investigate and understand the movements in film that have shaped our filmmaking tradition, and develop your understanding of the concept of genre and how it can inform your own decisions in filmmaking.

Feature Film Production Make a feature film! As a group, you will be involved in every step of the production from development, casting and pre-production to the shoot, editing, post-production and distribution.

Experimental Film & Video Examine the varied and new uses of moving images – from avant-garde filmmaking to video and installation art and interactive television. Create your project based on the concept of ‘breaking-the-rules’ filmmaking.

Explore practical ways to generate ideas that make great TV programmes. Led by industry experts, you will be taken through the steps from the initial inception of a TV idea to the final pitch; focusing on balancing creative development with commercial reality.

BA (HONS) Film & Interactive Media Compositing, Motion Graphics & Animation

Gain an understanding of image manipulation. Get experience combining live action shoots using green screen and creating animated graphics sequences, digital special effect shots, and title-sequence designs.

Interaction: Web Design & Programming Create websites by learning HTML, CSS and Flash. Gain an understanding of good web design, including theoretical concepts for successful navigation and interaction.

MultiMedia Storytelling Develop your understanding and skills in storytelling for interactive film, web TV, multimedia journalism and other new media.

Digital Broadcast Develop an awareness of new digital broadcast technologies, covering all formats from the smallest mobile screen to 4K digital cinema distribution and beyond.

Creative Sound: Recording & Design Gain a theoretical and practical grounding in creative sound, professional-level skills in sound recording, design and mixing using a variety of recording equipment and software such as ProTools.

BA (HONS) Film, Visual Effects & Animation Compositing, Motion Graphics & Animation

social aspects of these alternative environments and explore how these enhanced worlds can take on a life of their own.

BA (HONS) Film & Digital Cinematography

Visual Storytelling: Art & Technique Gain an in-depth grounding in the art and technique of telling stories and conveying meaning through cinematography. Develop your understanding of composition, light, colour and movement within the frame by combining film analysis with practical exercises.

Digital Film: From Camera to Screen Explore digital filming from shoot to grade. Gain a deep understanding of digital theory, cutting edge camera technology, optics, modelling and pre-visualisation, supported by real world examples and exercises using the Red One and other cameras.

Gain an understanding of image manipulation. Get experience combining live action shoots using green screen and creating animated graphics sequences, digital special effect shots, and title-sequence designs.

Lighting

Visual Effects Fundamentals

Gain extensive practical experience in shooting for fiction and documentary, developing industry relevant operating skills. Learn how to create different stylistic techniques, best on-set practice, and how to use professional grip equipment.

Combine an understanding of 3D with your knowledge of cameras in order to integrate 3D models into live action backgrounds, concentrating on aspects of 3D photorealistic lighting and texturing techniques.

3d Character Modelling & Animation Design, model and animate a 3D character. Starting from sketches, you will create a short animated sequence with your character.

Acting & Directing for Animation Examine principles of animation through acting and directing exercises, which will inform your skills as an animator and storyteller.

Visual Realities Create an animated or cinematic world based on original research and design. Gain an appreciation of the underlying ethical and

Develop a thorough mastery of lighting for digital film. Explore all aspects of lighting art and technique for film production.

Shooting

Digital Filming Techniques Explore what is possible with digital postproduction to be in complete control of the look of a film. Gain an understanding and experience of grading, live action and VFX/CGI integration and compositing.

Year Two Graduation Projects

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One Year Practical

Filmmaking and One Year Film, Visual Effects & Animation Our Advisory Partner

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Our one-year programmes are intensive, highly practical courses for individuals looking to gain the latest, most relevant skills. Both courses are taught by working industry professionals, ensuring that only the most up-to-date and relevant practices are passed on to students. These courses share the first term, during which students write, direct, produce and edit their own short film, as well as gaining practical experience through working in different capacities on other students’ films. Students acquire a deep understanding of visual storytelling, which forms the basis of both film and visual effects and animation, and are thereby equipped with an invaluable asset to apply to their projects. Provided with the broadest possible knowledge of digital filmmaking techniques, students will leave with a showreel that demonstrates their skills to future employers.

TERM one

Write, direct, produce and edit your own short film with the support of a professional Script Editor and Editor. Become a skilled operator of Final Cut Pro HD .

TERM TWO

TERM THREE

TERM FOUR

Practical Filmmaking

Practical Filmmaking

Gain advanced knowledge of camera, sound and lighting techniques and work on professional development with your mentor.

Write, direct, produce and edit your second short film, having developed the professional skills and contacts needed to start your career in the film industry.

FILM, Visual Effects & Animation

FILM, Visual Effects & Animation

FILM, Visual Effects & Animation

Use visual effects software, including Maya and Shake, for compositing, modelling and live action integration.

Use newly acquired techniques for character modelling, set-up and rigging and creating an animation sequence.

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From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks

Documentary Filmmaking

Three-Week Editing

MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO

(8 weeks, full-time)

(8 weeks, full-time)

(3 weeks, full-time)

(8 weeks, full-time)

From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks is our longest running course, giving you a solid foundation in filmmaking. This programme will provide you with practical experience in all of the key areas of filmmaking and culminates in the production of your own short film. It covers the essential craft areas of screenwriting, use of camera and sound, casting and directing actors, editing using Final Cut Pro HD® and script development. This is an intensive programme; ideal for people who are considering a change in career.

Editing lies at the heart of filmmaking and calls for knowledge of film grammar and storytelling techniques. This Apple-certified course will instruct you in both these areas. You will receive highlevel instruction in how to use the editing interface of Final Cut Pro HD® and then practise your editing skills, first by cutting the rushes to a complete, professionally made short, then by editing the rushes to scenes from a well-known feature film. If you pass the examination, you will earn a certification on completion of this course.

To know how to structure a script and how to tell a good story

Most documentary filmmakers these days are expected to be both self-shooters and self-editors. As a result, we will train you to use professional digital (mini-DV and HDV) cameras and to edit using Final Cut Pro HD®. With the guidance of an experienced documentary filmmaker you will have the unique opportunity to research, write, produce and direct your own short film. You will review the history of the documentary and analyse examples of successful films in the marketplace today. We will show you how to approach sound, camera and editing in the context of the documentary. You will also benefit from individual mentoring as you shoot and edit your projects. Your film will be professionally graded and mixed before an end-of-course screening.

Make a Music Video is a unique programme that provides you with the necessary skills to make a music video. Over 8 intensive weeks, you will cover all aspects of making music videos: creative development from concept to pitch; practical filmmaking skills including use of camera, lighting, playback, casting and directing actors and bands, production planning; and post-production from editing using Final Cut Pro HD® to professional grading, as well as gaining an overview of the music video industry. You will apply your learning over the course of the programme by making your own music video, which you will see from concept to delivery. You will also gain practical experience by working in different capacities on other students’ shoots.

To be able to interpret a script and create a storyboard

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:

To understand how to use the camera to tell a story To shoot for the edit and edit a scene using Final Cut Pro HD® To manage a crew and to direct using the correct on-set procedures To cast and direct actors for the camera To record sound and to use it creatively to tell your story To understand the principles of continuity editing and how to operate a Final Cut Pro HD® system

Learning Objectives: To operate Final Cut Pro HD® To serve the narrative through effective editing

To understand the current context of documentary filmmaking by examining the history of the documentary genre, its different forms and the market as it exists today

To use editing to condense and expand time

To be proficient in the operation of a digital camera, sound recording, lighting a scene and editing using Final Cut Pro HD®

To understand the impact of genre on editing styles

To know how to research your subject, write a proposal and create a treatment To consider production issues such as scheduling, location management and legal requirements

To employ narrative techniques to create tension

To work with music and composers

Learning Objectives: To understand the principles of creating a treatment and pitch for a music video To appreciate the elements that make up a distinctive music video To understand how to direct actors and musicians for the camera To know how to create unique images that enhance the music To know how to operate and use playback on a music shoot To gain experience in planning a production To be proficient in editing with Final Cut Pro HD® To understand how to manage a crew and to direct using the correct on-set protocols

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Acting for Film

Part-Time Filmmaking

Part-Time Producing

Write a Feature Film

(4 weeks, full-time)

(6 months, evenings and weekends)

(14 weeks, 2 evenings per week)

(6 months, every other Saturday)

Acting for Film is our original screen acting course and has been developed for people who are serious about becoming a film actor, or wish to develop existing acting skills for the medium of film, though no previous experience is required. Taught by an acting coach and professional film director, you will act in numerous filmed exercises that will be analysed in class so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve your performances as the course progresses. You will also learn what it is like to be on the other side of the camera by directing and acting as crew (operating the camera, recording sound) on a number of short exercises.

Are you considering a change in career and wanting to explore your potential as a writer/director? Do you have a feature film idea for which you’d like to make a short promotional film to help raise finance for the next stage of development? This course is for those of you who want to acquire practical filmmaking skills, but can only commit to a part-time schedule. This comprehensive, practical, part-time programme will provide you with a full range of filmmaking skills, culminating in the production of a short film which you will write, direct and edit. Classes take place over a combination of weekends and evenings.

If you are serious about writing and developing a feature film script, and learning the craft of screenwriting, then this course will help you achieve your goal. On alternate Saturdays over six months we provide comprehensive support to help you develop your ideas and aim to get each student to complete their first draft by the end of the course. This course will require students to work hard on their projects in their own time and the objective is to produce stories that have a genuine chance of being picked up for further development. As a result, Write a Feature Film is for people who are truly dedicated to the idea of writing an excellent script that has genuine potential to be made into a feature film.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objectives:

To gain more confidence in acting for the camera by understanding the filmmaking process in its entirety

How the process of making a film from script development through to directing and editing/post-production works

This unique course has been developed for those of you who wish to forge a career as a film producer, or who wish to gain a deep understanding of the business of film. You may, for example, have a feature film project in mind that you would like to develop. Or perhaps you have transferable business skills that you would like to apply in a filmmaking context. On this comprehensive course, you will learn how films are created, financed and sold from industry professionals who have recently produced features. This course consists of seminars and workshops on two evenings per week (7.00pm to 10.00pm). In addition, you will gain valuable practical experience of the role of a producer by developing your own feature film project. In one-to-one sessions with the instructor, students will budget, schedule, package a feature film and come up with marketing strategies for this project.

To know the difference between acting for theatre and acting for film

How film works aesthetically and technically

To know and to have practised the tools necessary to create a believable performance on screen To have come up with valuable tools for the actor to prepare for a screen performance, including how to interpret a script To understand the technical aspects of film acting such that the actor feels confident on the set and can give the director (and camera operator) what they want To be able to read a script and identify whether the characters are three-dimensional or not

How to achieve a high level of proficiency using essential filmmaking equipment such as cameras, sound recording equipment and editing software (Final Cut Pro HDÂŽ) The key visual storytelling tools of a director How a director prepares for a shoot and how to manage a cast and crew during production The skills needed to become an independent filmmaker

Learning Objectives: The importance of a good treatment

Learning Objectives:

What makes a good, interesting screenplay

How the global film industry, and particularly the UK film industry, operates

The importance of viewpoint

The roles of different types of producer (creative, line and financial producer) How the production process works, from identifying a project through pre- and post-production to distribution and exploitation How to exploit digital technologies and the Internet How to set up your own production company

How to tell a story with the audience in mind How to get to the heart of what your story is really about How to write good dialogue The importance of dialogue vs. action How to overcome the problems of re-writing

How to survive as an independent producer

To have gained an insight into how to survive as an actor in the marketplace

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Part-Time Acting for Film

Young Filmmakers Academy

TWO-Day Intensive Filmmaking

English for Filmmakers

(12 weeks, 2 evenings per week)

(3 weeks, full-time)

(2 days, over a weekend)

(4 weeks, full-time)

This course is aimed at all those wishing to learn or develop existing acting skills for the medium of film, but who cannot commit to a full-time schedule. Taught by an acting coach and professional film director over the course of 12 weeks on two evenings per week (7.00pm to 10.00pm), you will learn core acting skills as well as all the technical skills necessary for you to perform confidently in front of a camera. You will act in filmed exercises and also shoot exercises yourselves so that you know what it is like to be on the other side of the camera.

If you’re between 14 and 18 years old and are passionate about filmmaking then this course has been designed especially for you. Over three weeks you’ll be able to try your hand at a variety of different roles, from directing to editing and everything in between. Supported at every stage by industry professionals, you will learn how to write scenes, use a camera to tell stories, edit using Final Cut Pro HD® and direct actors. Fun and challenging, you should be aware that you’ll need to work hard, often under significant time pressure. It’s an opportunity to develop organisational skills and learn how to work effectively as part of a team.

This is a perfect course for anyone wanting to get a first taster of filmmaking. Combining film workshop and group instruction, this course has been designed to provide a fun, hands-on introduction to the basics of direction, cinematography, sound and editing and will equip you with basic technical knowledge in each of these areas. You will then put this knowledge into practice in a series of shooting and editing exercises designed to help you learn through practical experience. You will direct professional actors as part of the production of a short film which will subsequently be sent to you on DVD.

This is a course for students intending to study practical filmmaking courses at the Met Film School. Every year we receive many enquiries from applicants to our courses whose level of English is too low to handle the sometimes technical nature of our practical filmmaking programmes. We are delighted to introduce an innovative new course to help you overcome this obstacle. Developed by one of London’s leading British Council-accredited language schools, the Wimbledon School of English, this full-time, month-long programme will train you in all key terminology to help you get the most out of our courses.

Learning Objectives: To gain more confidence in acting for the camera by understanding the filmmaking process in its entirety To know the difference between acting for theatre and acting for film To know and to have practiced the tools necessary to create a believable performance on screen To have come up with valuable tools for the actor to prepare for a screen performance, including how to interpret a script To understand the technical aspects of film acting such that the actor feels confident on the set and can give the director (and camera operator) what they want To be able to read a script and identify whether the characters are threedimensional or not To have gained an insight into how to survive as an actor in the marketplace

Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives: The fundamentals of story The key elements of cinematography, including lighting, framing and shooting for the edit How to work with actors, including casting, preparing for a shoot, blocking and rehearsing

How to operate a digital video camera confidently and effectively The key elements of cinematography; including how to compose shots and shoot for the edit and how to break down a scene into shots How to record clean dialogue, atmos and wild tracks

How to record sound and how it can be used to dramatic effect

How to use the Final Cut Pro HD® editing interface

How to operate a non-linear editing system to create meaningful sequences

How to interpret a script, create a storyboard and manage actors

How the roles of scriptwriter, director, cinematographer, sound recordist, storyboard artist, editor and continuity assistant interrelate through the experience of performing these roles yourself

To perform the roles of director, cinematographer, sound recordist and editor

This course is delivered by the Wimbledon School of English. Please call them on +44 20 8947 1921 for more information.

You will study language in the following areas: Scriptwriting and storyboarding Directing Cinematography and lighting Sound On-set terminology Directing actors Continuity Editing Producing, production and the business of filmmaking You will practise the following skills: Listening for gist and detail Listening to and giving instructions Asking questions and clarifying information Discussing and analysing Reading skills such as skim-reading and scanning for information Note-taking Dialogue writing

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The places you

can go

The proliferation of the Internet and the digitisation of the media industries mean that your experience at the Met Film School can now lead to an even wider range of career outcomes. Film now overlaps with television, interactive media, game design, animation, publishing and advertising – giving you an array of exciting opportunities.

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SCRIPTWRITER COMPOSITOR Like no

other Your experience at the Met Film School is unmatched by any other organisation. Before you make one of the most important decisions in your life check the following:

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Is the course taught by working industry professionals?

How much practical experience will you get?

This is essential to ensure you are learning the most relevant skills from people who can help you develop an industry network.

On all of our filmmaking programmes you write, direct, produce and edit your own short films and work in different capacities on several others. On our degree programmes, you will make at least two of your own films in the first year and work on a variety of films and other practical exercises in your second.

How do the facilities and equipment compare? We are based in a brand new building in Ealing Studios with our own 2,000 sq ft stage, as well as state-of-theart production and post-production equipment.

How many graduating students have started careers in the film and media industries? A recent Met Film School survey found that 70% of our alumni are now working in creative industries.

Is the content of the course aligned with the changing needs of the industry? As filmmakers ourselves we know exactly what the industry needs. As members of a larger organisation involved in digital distribution, interactive media production, multiplatform television, live events and post-production we ensure all our courses embrace the exciting changes in technology.

L O C ATI O N MANAGER

DIRECTOR

LIGHTING TECHNICIAN EDITOR Storyboard Artist ROTO ARTIST

DIRECTOR OF 3D TRACKER P H O T O G R A P HY 3D Modeller EXECUTIVE P O S T P R O D U C TI O N Art Director

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Tools of the

trade The Met Film School is one of the best-equipped undergraduate film schools in the UK. 2,000 sq ft STUDIO Red Cameras 70+ APPLE workstations HDV camera, sound and lighting kits professional postproduction facilities 2k/HD grading systems 40 terabyte fibrechannel san

The present IS

digital The music and film industries are being transformed by digital technologies, radically altering the means by which content is created and distributed. The lowered costs of producing and distributing films digitally mean that there are more opportunities for independent filmmakers than ever before. We are the first UK film school to embrace the Red camera which at 4K resolution is now a match for the very best 35mm cameras.

SOUND MIXING AND VOICEOVER SUITES professional crew

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Get with the

programme! 7 % of our alumni n e a r ly

are working* in creative industries

1700 students have

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EALING STUDIOS

Did you

know? London is now the third busiest film production centre in the world.

Employment in the creative industries has grown by an average of 6% per annum – twice the rate of the economy as a whole.

Film London

Investing in the creative industries, NESTA (2003)

There has been a 277% growth in the number of film and video production companies in the last 10 years. UK Film Council Statistical Yearbook 2008

The global market value of the creative industries is in excess of $1 trillion. Creating growth: How the UK can develop world class creative businesses, NESTA (2008)

There are almost 30 film crews shooting on the streets of London every day. Film London

Total revenues for cinema exhibition are expected to reach £1bn by the end of 2008. Screen Digest

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These are just some of the films to come out of the world-famous Ealing Studios:

The Ladykillers

Creative industry occupations generated over £40 billion in wages in 2006. Beyond the creative industries, NESTA (2008)

Creative industry incomes are approximately 30% higher than the national average. Beyond the creative industries, NESTA (2008)

The UK is the largest entertainment market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

We are the only school in the UK to be based within a working film studio. Ealing Studios is the oldest continually operating studio in the world.

The UK entertainment industry is expected to grow to £37 billion by 2012.

The Lavender Hill Mob Kind Hearts AND Coronets Star Wars: Episode Two Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason The Importance Of Being Earnest Notting Hill Valiant St. Trinian’s Alien Autopsy THE QUEEN PRINCE OF PERSIA MATCH POINT SHAUN OF THE DEAD

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Don’t just take our

word for it I was highly impressed by the Met Film School and specifically the content of the BA programme they were offering. It was clear that much thought and planning had gone into the preparation of the course and the tutors were all experienced industry professionals

“The Met Film School was the only school I found that let you write, direct and edit your own films and retain the rights to them. I loved my time there”

Vanessa Gibbes, Student

“It’s thrilling to be involved with an organisation that strives to provide excellence and care for its students, and is constantly developing ideas to enhance this” Karoline Moser, Tutor 34 | Call us on +44 20 8280 9119

Claire Dunne, Student

This course put me on the starting blocks of professional filmmaking – I feel now that I can achieve my goal to be a writer/director

Christiaan Faberij de Jonge, Student

A rewarding and challenging course focusing on all areas of the filmmaking process from developing a script through to production, direction, post-production and sound design Nigel Moss, Student

“I really enjoyed myself and I have learnt so much during the course” Mandy Tuyet Truong, Student

“Intense, informative, exciting” Fred Kenny, Student

A course where you learn something new every day Dale James, Student

What I love about working at the Met Film School is seeing students acquire the relevant practical skills and industry knowledge that helps them chart their own career paths and find work upon graduation Lisa Neeley, Tutor

“It’s an intensely supportive environment; dynamic and creative” Iain Hendry, Student

“Tutors have a real passion for their craft” Chris Andrade, Student

“An intensive, challenging and hugely enjoyable year” Justin Carroll, Student

If you want to learn about films and filmmaking, go to the Met Calvin Johnson, Student

I felt it was a very high level, technically astute course that gave us a huge number of skills and ensured we knew how to apply them Stephanie Crawford, Student www.metfilmschool.co.uk | 35


Long Courses

Short and Part-time Courses

TWO-year intensive degrees

SHORT FULL-TIME COURSES

BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking BA (Hons) Film & Television BA (Hons) Film & Interactive Media BA (Hons) Film, VFX & Animation BA (Hons) Film & Digital Cinematography

From Story to Screen in Eight Weeks Documentary Filmmaking Three-Week Editing Make A Music Video Acting for Film Young Filmmakers Academy Two-Day Intensive Filmmaking English For Filmmakers

ONE-YEAR PROGRAMMES One-Year Practical Filmmaking One-Year Film, Visual Effects & Animation

PART-TIME COURSES Part-Time Filmmaking Part-Time Producing Write a Feature Film Part-Time Acting for Film

Please call us or visit our website to find out about new courses. Met Film School Ealing Studios Ealing Green London W5 5EP T: +44 20 8280 9119 F: +44 20 8280 9111 E: info@metfilmschool.co.uk W: www.metfilmschool.co.uk

Met Film School prospectus  

Met Film School prospectus for 2008, describing all degree, one year, short and part-time courses.

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