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National Film and Televisions School

National Film and Television School (UK)

National Film and Television School

The National Film and Television School is one of the best and most respected film, television and new media schools in the world.

Following the School’s success at the CILECT Awards (the film school equivalent of the Oscars) the Observer newspaper described the NFTS “as the best film school in the world”.

The National Film School (as it was first named) opened in 1971, the culmination of a major effort by the industry and government to create an institution to educate and train talent for the British film industry.

The NFTS is a multi-BAFTA and Oscar winning school. The School delivers more specialist behind-the-camera production courses (from screenwriting through to cinematography, animation and composing) than any other film school in the world.

Alumni include Nick Park, Roger Deakins, Nick Broomfield, Terence Davies and Lynne Ramsay.

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen

Whether you’re a budding filmmaker or a film fan who wants to understand more about what happens behind-the-scenes, this course from the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School will have something for you.

Over six weeks, our team of award-winning filmmakers will take you through their approach to telling stories, as well as demystifying their own filmmaking specialisms – from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing.

Each week your filmmaker host will use examples from their own work as well as the films that have influenced and inspired them:

1 – Introduction: how does a film get from script to screen?
Nik Powell, director of the NFTS and producer of more than 40 films, including The Crying Game, Mona Lisa and Company of Wolves.

2 – Storytelling: what’s the difference between plot and theme?
Destiny Ekharaga, director of Gone Too Far.

3 – Decisions: how to choose budget, schedule, location and kit?
Mike Figgis, director of Leaving Las Vegas, TimeCode and Internal Affairs.

4 – The scene: how does a director make choices on set?
Corin Hardy, director of The Hallow and just announced to direct re-make of The Crow + has directed music videos for artists such as The Prodigy, Olly Murrs and Devlin.

5 – Time and space: how does editing affect meaning?
Justine Wright, editor of Touching the Void, The Iron Lady and Locke.

6 – Sound and music: what is the impact of a film’s soundtrack?
Danny Hambrook, sound designer of Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Le Weekend, production sound mixer on Rush

The NFTS has teamed up with the BFI to offer this course, as part of the BFI Film Academy. The Film Academy provides opportunities for people across the UK to learn more about film industry, and working alongside experienced professionals, get hands-on opportunities, making short films themselves.

Explore Filmmaking also features a number of award-winning short films made by recent graduates of the NFTS, and recommended videos from the BAFTA Guru collection, designed to help people taking their first steps into the film industry.

Please note that some videos in the course contain film clips which you may find offensive or upsetting. Where video material contains violence, sexual references or swearing, you will be given advance warning.

This course will deepen your understanding of the filmmaking process and show you how to take it further – whether making your own short films, thinking about a career, or simply a deeper appreciation of the films you watch in future.

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