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Through screenings, discussion and practical film projects, this 12 week course is a deep dive into the alternative world of experimental film and video making, where narrative and drama may still exist but not quite as we know them from traditional cinema. 

What will you learn on this course?

The first half of the term will introduce you to experimental films. From classic short film and video art through to the modern era of experimental music videos, commercials, installations and YouTube wonders, the first half of the course will take the form of screenings of work, discussion and occasional guests.

Each week a different aspect of experimental film will be explored, to inspire, and provoke you into new ways of seeing the moving image.

Throughout the course there will be 2 or 3 guest speakers per term from the world of experimental film including film festival producers, cinema producers, academics and experimental film makers. The schedule will be announced before each term commences.

The second half of term is practical where students will devise, plan and shoot their own short film either as individuals or in groups. Students will receive practical sessions on how to use filming equipment, experiment with DSLR cameras, try out 360 degree filmmaking with an Insta360 camera and google cardboard, and learn the art of scratch animation on 16 mm film. Students are welcome to bring in their own equipment, old and new, digital and analogue which may include mobile phones, go-pro’s, super 8mm and old tech... Anything goes!

Editing will be completed in Mac's fully equipped Media Studio, with access to iMac computers, Final Cut editing software and music/sound design software Logic Pro. 

You will have the opportunity to screen your work to friends and family and other students in Mac’s hexagon theatre at the end of each term.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in cinema and film making

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. The room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

You are welcome to bring along your own equipment and props.

Are there any additional costs?


Who teaches this course?

Scott Johnston

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