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Learn the secrets behind making films with our six-week course – back by popular demand – run by FutureLearn and developed by the NFTS with the BFI Film Academy.


All the clips below are taken from the online course.

Are you an aspiring director who wants to get that first film made? Or are you a cinema lover who wants to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes?

If so, sign up for a free online course from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and FutureLearn in partnership with the BFI Film Academy, starting on Monday 29 June and run over six weeks.

The course originally launched in January this year, and proved to be such a success that we’re running it again over the summer.

John Keane on scoring your film

Throughout Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen, a team of award-winning filmmakers will take you through their approach to creating films, from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing.

Tutors include directors Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) and Destiny Ekharaga (Gone Too Far), music video director Corin Hardy, editor Justine Wright (Touching the Void, The Iron Lady), sound designer Danny Hambrook (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and producer and NFTS director Nik Powell (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves).

Brian Tufano on filming the iconic toilet scene in Trainspotting

Each week a filmmaker will take you through their methods and offer tips, using examples from their own films and works that have inspired them. Here is the schedule:

Tutorial 1 (Monday 29 June)
Introduction: how does a film get from script to screen? (Nik Powell)

Tutorial 2 (Monday 6 July)
Storytelling: what’s the difference between plot and theme? (Destiny Ekharaga)

Tutorial 3 (Monday 13 July)
Decisions: how to choose budget, schedule, location and kit? (Mike Figgis)

Tutorial 4 (Monday 20 July)
The scene: how does a director make choices on set? (Corin Hardy)

Tutorial 5 (Monday 27 July)
Time and space: how does editing affect meaning? (Justine Wright)

Tutorial 6 (Monday 3 August)
Sound and music: what is the impact of a film’s soundtrack? (Danny Hambrook)

Justine Wright on editing

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen will give you a greater understanding of the filmmaking process and show you how to take next steps, either by making your own films, entering the film industry or simply learning more about cinema.

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