CategoriesNZ DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY
The Certificate in Applied Film and Television Production provides career-minded students with the confidence and knowledge to make their own short films and to make an informed decision on a career path in the film and television industry.
Training delivery will predominantly be Face-to-Face and delivery methods may include classroom discussion, group activities, tutor guided projects, lectures, and self directed learning.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE
You will begin by learning how to prepare, propose and develop a storyline. Once this is achieved you will start the process of writing and developing a script. The next challenge is to convert this script to the appropriate medium and manage script changes during the experience of production.
OPERATION OF A DIGITAL CAMERA
Before shooting begins you will understand safe handling of a digital video camera and associated equipment, followed by pre-shoot organisation and the writing of a shot list. Then when you’re ready to shoot raw footage, you will have the chance to demonstrate artistic ability. This component concludes by meeting the artistic and production needs of the film.
The craft of lighting a scene begins with determining what specific type of lighting is required. Once this is achieved you’ll have the opportunity to light a scene, using natural or artificial light. From here you will light scenes according to specific, technical requirements as specified in a creative brief. Finally, you’ll be expected to use a range of equipment and techniques to achieve the correct ‘look’ through light placement.
The process of editing is discussed in depth next, examining the factors that affect editing decisions and the operational techniques involved. The practical challenge of selecting suitable, story-relevant shots from rushes is also a key feature in this module. The last stage of editing is concerned with selection, artistic evaluation of shots, sequencing and the practical task of digitizing content in to the correct format.
Students in this course will utilise the correct camera operation and editing techniques to produce a series of short narrative films of increasing complexity. This is where it all starts to come together and students will show proficiency in the skills of camera operation, lighting and editing, required in the production of a short film.
MAKING SHORT FILMS
Students draw on all the skills studied previously scriptwriting, cameral operation, lighting and editing to produce their final 4-6 min short film. This requires teamwork, great communication, discipline, commitment and of course creative flair.
FILM & BROADCASTING LAW
When filming it’s essential to be aware of any constraints imposed by law. As such by the end of this course students will demonstrate knowledge of a key number of broadcasting Acts which may otherwise impact or restrict your ability to achieve your film and television objectives.
Here you’ll become familiar with the function of set design in production. You’ll understand common terms and roles, the types and functions of materials and equipment and their use in design. The ability to identify how problems with set design affect production is also a key consideration in this course.
EVALUATE A SHOOTING SCRIPT
This course will help you produce a shooting script from an existing script. To do this you’ll go through the script development process and evaluate your production resources. Your ability to adapt your approach will be tested here. Your final shooting script will be the result of adjusting to multiple factors.
PRODUCTION & EDITING
This is where you get to experience everything from Pre-Production, to Production where you’ll check the suitability of filming locations, source props, audition actors, select wardrobe, execute the shoot and finally edit and ready your film for presentation. This is the culmination of a collective creative effort that brings those with commitment the reward of a final film they can be proud of for years to come.
International students are are expected to be able to speak, read and write English Effectively. EDENZ Colleges has staff qualified to conduct both IELTS tests and Educational Service Centre (ESC) tests if necessary.
Other than meeting the above requirements this programme has open entry.
Credit Value and programme duration
The Certificate in Applied Film & Television Production (Level 4) is a Certificate level course (16 weeks).