‘It was SUPERFUN and I learned a lot about filmmaking’ - Sofia, 11
’10/10 I enjoyed it a lot and my film turned out much better than I thought’ - Will, 16
’I loved making my film, I’ve probably watched it 100 times’ - Scarlett, 14
‘What I really enjoyed was fight choreography, and punching my dad (not for real)’ - Max, 13
What is the One Day Film School?
It’s an online course for young filmmakers (aged 8+) who want to make a short film at home. Students are guided by video sessions and practical exercises to create a two-minute silent film (with music) which can be shared and enjoyed.
What are the minimum technical requirements?
A computer or device with internet connection, also smartphone or tablet with iMovie (iPhone) or PowerDirector (Android) for filming and editing.
Does it have to be done in one day or can it be spread out?
It can be done in a day or over a week - or months! Access is for 12 months, so multiple films can be created.
How much screen-watching is there? I don’t want them glued to a screen all day…
The course is a good mix of 50% watch & learn (screen-based), 50% practical (on their feet!).
How involved do I need to be?
The course is self-guiding, however there are in-video alerts where adult supervision may be required for practical exercises. Once booked, you’ll receive the Parent’s Survival Guide with all info.
Will it be disruptive?
For practical exercises, students need the ability to move around and film. Agree where (eg ‘garden only’ in advance). There’s no pressure to buy or do anything special, however you may wish to buy a melon for creating the punch sound for FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY, although any fruit will work… or meat… or a wet cloth.
Is the content appropriate for my child?
The course is rated PG (Parental Guidance). If you’re unsure, we recommend reviewing beforehand. The shark scene from Jaws (FILM HISTORY: UNIT 5 - BLOCKBUSTERS) may be distressing for very young viewers and can be skipped.
My child is being homeschooled. Can they make a film by themselves?
Yes, provided they have a tripod (or something to rest their smartphone on) for the practical exercises.
My child wants to make a film with their friends who are in separate households - is this possible?
Yes! They can decide who’s filming what - and use a common object (eg apple) to link each shot. They then share clips and each have a go editing, then decide whose version they like best.
What do they do with their finished film? Is there somewhere they can send it?
They can upload films to YouTube, creating a film festival for family and friends to enjoy. We’ll show you how to export films so they can be shared.
What can go wrong?
Make sure you’ve received the confirmation email and are able to log in, that you have a functioning smartphone or tablet with edit software (iMovie or PowerDirector) installed, and enough free storage. A traditional video camera can be used for filming, though will require a computer for editing.