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Intro to Filmmaking for Adults

September 12 @ 9:30 am - September 27 @ 4:30 pm


Join industry professional Shannon Shura and begin to develop the skills, knowledge, and network you’ll need to get your start in filmmaking. Shannon will provide industry-based, professional curriculum in our collaborative learning facility, FilmPEI. This 2-weekend course runs September 12 & 13 from 9:30 to 4:30 and again September 26 & 27 from 9:30 to 4:30.

Due to Covid-19 protocols only 8 spots are available for this workshop. Pre-payment is required. Contact info@filmpei.com to register.

Fee: $240 plus hst

FilmPEI allows a ‘pay what you can’ option for its members. To inquire about this contact info@filmpei.

Please bring a mask and water bottles and/or your own drinks. Lunch will not be provided, so please bring your own to store in the kitchen.

Below is the intended course curriculum, however the instructor may tweak to the needs and desires of the participants. Since time is short on this course it is anticipated that a short scene will be shot and edited as a class exercise.

Weekend 1

Day 1 – Morning

• Introductions (Why do you want to learn about filmmaking?)

• A bit of film theory
• Introduction to the filmmaking process (development, production, post)
• Departments (and jobs within that department)
• Importance of collaboration/criticism
• Safety
• Introduction to equipment.

Day 1 – Afternoon

• Depending on group interest, will learn more about documentary and narrative.
• Intro to documentary filmmaking (treatment, interviews, supporting footage,  releases, stages/changes in storytelling/discovery)
• Intro to narrative filmmaking (story structure, best format for narrative, your unique perspective vs telling someone else’s story (importance of connection), avoiding stereotypes/unhelpful narratives, difference between “It happened in real life to me this way!” and entertaining an audience, showing not telling, where do you want to display your film?)
• Short narrative films: what stories work best (simple, few locations, short timeline)
• Mini exercise to get students thinking about what they want to shoot.

Homework:  Write a short scene.

Day 2 – Morning

• Address homework (issues, challenges, advice)
• Camera (shots, angles, framing, camera movement, types of cameras, lenses/depth of field, camera roles)
• Lights (3 point lighting, colour temp, diffusion, shadows, using natural light, lighting roles, etc)
• Sound (types of mics, types of sound – special effects, dialogue, ambience, importance of rec. dialogue, peaking, how to record, sound roles)
• Mini exercise – use camera/lights/sound to record an interview or scene.

Day 2 – Afternoon

• Watch footage captured in the morning and discuss.
• Directing (director’s vision, showing not telling, who is your audience?, storyboarding, theme, POV, focus, prepping for shoot/who you work with)
• Casting and working with Actors

Homework: storyboard a scene you wrote.

Weekend 2

Day1 – Morning

• Production Prep (prod. management, script breakdown, location, talent, gear, paperwork, insurance, gear, crew, lunch/craft, money)
• Create story with group (set parameters, keep it simple)
• Storyboard it together
• Pre production (breakdown)
• Assign roles for afternoon.

Day1 – Afternoon

• Production: What happens on set.
• Safety
• Set up for short scene shoot.
• Shoot it.

Day 2 – Morning

• Editing: How editing is the final stage for story editing/telling. Editing theory/concepts.
• Basics on editing software (loading footage, saving backup, labelling best takes, clipping, j/l cuts, etc)
• Post Production Process. (colouring, sound, ADR, foley, sfx layering, titles, music)
• Edit group project.
• Distribution: Where are you going to show your film? (film freeway, youtube, friends & fam, NFB, etc)

Day 2 – Afternoon

• See what the group is most interested in, and go more in depth/practice. Can also split into smaller groups and practice in a round-robin station capacity: eg, editing station, camera station, writing station.
• Q & A
• Next steps

Shannon Shura started in the industry as an actor in theatre, independent films, and commercials. After a few years she made the switch to behind the scenes. She is a graduate from the Advanced TV and Film program at Sheridan College, and has worked on a variety of short, web, and TV productions. She has held roles in development, production, and post production, making her well-versed in all aspects of the filmmaking process. Shannon has a passion for helping people tell their unique stories and perspectives, and is excited to support new filmmakers.


September 12 @ 9:30 am
September 27 @ 4:30 pm




57 Watts Ave.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 2B7 Canada
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