Short Film Courses

Short Film Courses at Film Oxford – Learn the technical & creative skills you need to go on to write, create, direct, produce and distribute your own films.

Film Oxford is a regional Hub for Film and Digital Media, supporting a community of filmmakers and digital creators through our programme of TRAIN, NETWORK, CREATE, EXHIBIT. Our adult short film courses, are run by award winning filmmakers at subsidised prices. They teach you the technical side of Film and Digital Media, as well as the creative tools you need to go on to write, make and distribute your own films. We have more than 40 years experience in delivering training to complete beginners, emerging talent, artists, and Film & TV professionals, as well as the education, corporate and charity sectors. (All our courses are listed Below, click on each course for full details.) For more information on choosing a course see Choosing a Course Guide.

Our courses are supported by Oxfordshire Adult Learning and Oxford City Council

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Short Film Courses at Film Oxford
Film Oxford courses
Short Film Courses at Film Oxford

Level 1

These Taster courses courses are suitable for complete beginners in digital video, and animation. They are run at an easy pace and require no prior skills, other than basic computer skills.
(All Level 2 courses are also suitable for beginners but often have additional entry requirements – see course details).

Stop Motion Animation

Next course: Weekend 29th & 30th July 2017, 10am-4pm - Places Available

£125, £113 (early booking discount), £94 concessions

Learn how to make your own stop motion animation films.

Introduction to Digital Video

Next course: Weekend 24th & 25th June 2017, 10am-4.30pm FULL email to be on reserve list

£130, £117 (early booking discount), £98 concessions

A hands-on introduction to digital video cameras and editing for beginners.

3 Day Video Production Course

Next course: 10-12th July 2017, 9.30am-2.45pm - Full - email to be put on reserve list

£156, £140 (early booking discount by 2nd July), £117 concessions

Learn how to make a film from start to finish.

Level 2

Suitable as follow on courses from Level 1 tasters or can be taken as first courses. They tend to be longer and are aimed at those with no previous experience of filmmaking. Basic computer skills are required. The pace is more demanding than the Level 1 courses, and students may be required to do preparation work outside of classes. The tutor will be very supportive throughout.

Introduction to Screenwriting

Next course: Weekend 17th & 18th June 2017, 10am-4pm - Places Available

£120, £108 (10% early booking discount till 11th June), £90 concessions.

This course is for people planning their first screenplay or hoping to brush up on their writing skills.

Adobe Premiere Editing

Next course: Weekend 30th September & 1st October 2017, 10am-4.30pm

£162, £146 (early booking discount if booked by 17th September), £122 concessions

Learn how to import footage and edit, explore transitions, titling, sound editing and effects on Adobe Premiere.

Shooting Video – Our main beginners production course

Next course: Starts 24th October 2017 - 7 Tuesday evenings 7-10pm (+ 2 weekend days) - Places available

£262 (£236 early booking discount by 8th Oct); £196 concessions.

Learn to be a filmmaker in just 8 weeks.

Creative VJ – Make music for your eyes!

Next course: Thursday 19th - Friday 20th October 2017 11am-6pm - Places Available

£155 (£139 early booking discount); £116 concessions

Develop your VJ skills combining DJing, live cinema and the visual arts.

Final Cut Pro X

Next course: Weekend 21st & 22nd October 2017 10am-4:30pm - Places available

£165, £148 (early booking discount if booked by 8th October), £129 concessions

Learn to use apple video editing software FCPX – import footage and edit, explore transitions, titling, sound editing and effects.

Introduction to Photoshop

Next course: Weekend 10th & 11th June 2017, 10am-4pm - FULL email to be added to reserve list

£120, £108 (10% early booking discount til 28th May), £90 concessions.

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop to take your photography to the next level.

Level 3

Intermediate level courses designed as follow on courses from Level 2 or aimed at students who have completed similar courses elsewhere. The pace on these courses is generally more intense and demanding. Depending on the course, students may have to do more preparation and development work outside of class. Students will be expected to be motivated, self-driven and able to collaborate with each other.

Video Camera Course (4K & HD)

Next course: 15th July 2017, 10am-5pm, places available

£100, £90 (early booking discount), £75 concessions.

Video Camera Course (4k & HD) at Film Oxford is a one day pro-camera course with professional TV/Film cameraman and lighting director Graham Reed.

Lighting Workshop

Next course: Sunday 16th July 2017, 10am-5pm - Places Available

£100, £90 (early booking discount), £75 concessions.

This Lighting Workshop introduces the principles of using different professional lights, giving you the confidence to deal with diverse lighting situations.

Directing Drama for Film & TV

Next course: Weekend 14th & 15th October 2017- Places avaialable

£166 (£149 early booking discount if booked by 1st Oct); £132 concessions.

Learn how to be an effective Screen Drama Director.

Adobe After Effects – Post-Production Video Effects

Next course: 17th & 18th June 2017 10am-5pm - Places Available

£155, £140 (early bookings discount until 11th June), £116 concessions.

This course is for low-budget filmmakers and those wanting to learn affordable tools for transforming their own footage.

Location Sound Workshop

Next course: 7th & 8th October 2017 - Weekend, 10am-5pm - Places available

£170 (£153 early booking discount ends 24th September); £132 concessions.

Improve your location sound mixing and recording techniques.

Cinematography (DSLR & Mirrorless cameras)

Next course: Sunday 9th July 2017, 10am-5pm - Places Available

£110, £99 (10% early booking discount until 25th June), £83 concessions.

A one day short course for those wanting to record the best “cinematic film look” using DSLR cameras.

Developing Documentaries weekend course

Next course: Weekend 15th & 16th July 2017 10am-4.00pm - Places Available

£135 (£121 early booking discount by 2nd July); £100 concessions

Developing Documentaries will give you the tools, techniques and knowledge required to go on to research, develop, schedule and plan your own documentaries.

New Screenwriters Workshop

Next course: Sunday evenings, 8 weeks flexible start date (see further details)

£252 Full Price; £189 Concessions.

A bespoke discussion-based workshop giving individual attention to each participant’s project from concept to finished script.

Film Producing on a Microbudget

Next course: Weekend - Run On Demand (email us to express an interest)

£125; £113 (early booking discount); £94 concessions.

Find out how to get your film made on a microbudget.

Tailor-made and advanced Courses

Film Oxford runs bespoke courses for organisations, businesses or individuals. If you want us to run a course for you that fits in with your schedule, whether at Film Oxford or your own premises, please get in touch. We can also run Advanced and Specialised courses upon request and also work with other organisations to deliver training.

Bespoke training for organisations or groups.

Contact Richard Duriez to discuss your needs

Bespoke training for organisations, businesses and individuals.

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    Film Oxford is supported by Oxford City Council

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  • Supported by

    Oxford City  Council
    BFI Film Academy UK Network
    Arts Council of England