Oxford Summer School 2018

Film Academy Ages 13-15

Oxford Summer School 2018
We also offer a Film Academy course for ages 16-18


Our 13-15 Film Academy is a two-week extensive HD Digital Video Production course in which students learn the whole process of video production from the initial idea through to a final film. The course shows students how to plan, storyboard, script and then shoot and edit a short drama or documentary.

2 weeks | Available July - August 2018

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's media and film faculty
  • Learn how to use cutting-edge equipment and software, including Macs and Final Cut Pro
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Course Summary

Oxford Royale Academy's Film Academy course for ages 13-15 is an intensive filmmaking programme, designed and delivered by industry professionals.

The first part of the process is to learn the basics of production – planning, script writing and development, location scouting, and storyboarding. Once students are ready to start filming they work in small groups using the latest HD video cameras, professional microphones and lighting equipment to shoot their production on location. Once the film is ‘in the can’ students use the latest Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro to edit their masterpiece. Credits and titles complete the production, followed by mastering for the students’ own portfolio, for the web and for release at the graduation ceremony.

Where could the Film Academy Programme lead you?

Why choose the Film Academy Programme?

Film Academy is a two-week extensive HD Digital Video Production course where students learn the whole process of video production from the initial idea through to a final film. The course shows students how to plan, storyboard, script and then shoot and edit a short drama or a documentary. Students gain a sense of independence in producing their own film, and will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors in order to do this.

How will Film Academy help me?

Students will learn the basics of production – planning, script writing and development, location finding and storyboarding. Once students are ready to start filming they work in small groups using the latest HD video cameras, professional microphones and lighting equipment to shoot their production on location. Once the film is ‘in the can’ students use the latest Apple Macs and Final Cut Pro to edit their masterpiece. Credits and titles complete the production, then mastering for the students’ own portfolio, for web and for release at the graduation ceremony - perfect for their portfolios.

Is this course for me?

The programme is very much ‘hands on’. From day one students get to use HD Digital Camcorders. The course teachers are established industry professionals with a passion for crafting moving image. If you like to get out of the classroom and make things happen, explore different locations, and problem-solve, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

During this intensive film production course, students will spend their mornings attending taught classes on the theories of film production from industry professionals.

In the afternoons, they will venture out into the streets of their chosen city, with full faculty guidance, to shoot a film of their own using professional quality HD video cameras. Students will get the chance to try different roles throughout the film production process, including script-writing and editing, location scouting, camera operating, sound, lighting, and directing. They will cut and edit their film using industry-standard software, and showcase their work to their peers at the end of the course.

What will you get out of the Film Academy Programme?

By the end of the course, student will have spent over 40 hours learning how to make a film. They will enjoy expert teaching from industry professionals, and have access to the latest HD video camcorders, equipment and Apple Mac edit suites with Final Cut Pro.

They will have produced a short film in small groups, enabling each student to take a turn at performing the variety of functions required on a film set, from director through to camera operator. They will gain inspiration by visiting many of the locations where famous films have been made, including Harry Potter, X-Men and The Golden Compass.

Welcome to the City of Oxford - your home this summer

ORA Experience

Oxford is a city like no other, combining startlingly beautiful architecture with a buzzing, modern city centre, with superb shopping, restaurants, cafés and more. With the colleges of Oxford University at its heart, some almost 800 years old, it is a city steeped in history and academia.

Students on Oxford Royale's Oxford summer courses will have the chance to live, dine and study in this stunning city, exploring all of its major sites and discovering its hidden secrets. Through both organised trips to key landmarks and free time in the evenings, students will become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.

As students walk the cobbled streets and gaze up at the spires, gargoyles and honey-coloured stone buildings, they will be walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, including prime ministers, presidents, Nobel prize-winning scientists, authors and more.

Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?
Why study in Oxford?

Useful information for students & parents

Accommodation

Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Each campus has members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

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Film Academy for Ages 13-15 is residential in the following locations:

(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)

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