EXCLUSIVE: UWI Film Camp begins today, know film-making topics 

It will run from 9 am – 5 pm each day. Participants do not need to have any prior experience with filmmaking; they just need to have an interest in learning about movies, videos, and visual art. All equipment and materials will be provided by the UWI Film Programme. 

EXCLUSIVE: UWI Film Camp begins today, know film-making topics 
EXCLUSIVE: UWI Film Camp begins today, know film-making topics 

West Indies: The UWI Film Programme is all set to host The UWI Film Camp from July 10th to the 28th at the UWI Film Programme Building on Carmody Street. It is a three-week camp designed for young persons between the ages of 14-17. 

It will run from 9 am – 5 pm each day. Participants do not need to have any prior experience with filmmaking; they just need to have an interest in learning about movies, videos, and visual art. All equipment and materials will be provided by the UWI Film Programme. 

The UWI Fil Programme also unveiled the filmmaking topics which will be part of the camp. 

READ HERE: Filmmaking topics 

SCREENWRITING

At the heart of every good film is a good story. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental technique of visual storytelling and guided through the writing of the four scripts, which will be the foundation of their film projects. Topics covered will include story structure, character design, subtext and dialogue.

DIRECTING

These seminars and workshops provide students with a foundation in the basic techniques of directing. Topics include learning to create the 4 basic preparation tools every director needs to know: how to create a shot list, a floor plan, a storyboard, and a shooting schedule. Participants will also learn the 2 fundamental forms of film grammar: continuity and montage. Later seminars and workshops will focus on a professional method of working with actors.

EDITING AESTHETICS

Film editing is both a creative and a technical part of the Post-production process of filmmaking. Regardless of whether students are using iMovie, Adobe Premier, LumaFusion, DaVinci Resolve or other software, it is the art and technique of assembling shots into a coherent sequence that can be the difference between a successful and unsuccessful film. In these seminars and workshops, students will be taught the basic tools of the editor: continuity editing, cross-cutting, the cutaway, the insert, J-cuts, L-cuts and jump cuts. Each week students will have their films screened and critiqued by the instructor and will receive feedback from their classmates. 11-on-1 consultations with the instructor can supplement these lessons.

CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR DIRECTORS

Filmmakers are visual storytellers, so it is essential that they have an understanding of how images are captured and how they can be used to create mood, tone and atmosphere. These seminars and workshops will introduce the fundamental principles of controlling the visual image. Participants are introduced to techniques of cinematography like lighting, framing, composition, camera angles, camera movement, lens choice, exposure and colour.

BUDGETING AND SCHEDULE

Regardless of the quality of the story and the acting, it is nearly impossible to make a good film without careful planning in Pre-production. ‘Budgeting and Scheduling are key components of this planning process. These seminars and workshops introduce students to the fundamental techniques of producing a short film, including breaking down a script, creating call sheets, production schedules, location scouting, and actor contracts.

SOUND RECORDING AND DESIGN

The seminars and workshops about sound production and design will also cover the recording and mixing of sound effects, ambiance, narration and music, as well as tips on how to find and work with a composer and how to acquire rights for prerecorded music.