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Posted on 28 January 2015

Learn the secrets behind making films with our new six-week course, run by FutureLearn and developed by the NFTS with the BFI Film Academy.

Is your new year’s resolution to get that first film made? Or are you a cinema lover who wants to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes?

If so, sign up for a new, free online course from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and FutureLearn in partnership with the BFI Film Academy, starting on 2nd February and run over six weeks.

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Throughout Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen, a team of award-winning filmmakers will take you through their approach to creating films, from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing.

Tutors include directors Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) and Destiny Ekharaga (Gone Too Far), music video director Corin Hardy, editor Justine Wright (Touching the Void, The Iron Lady), sound designer Danny Hambrook (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit) and producer and NFTS director Nik Powell (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves).

Each week a filmmaker will take you through their methods and offer tips, using examples from their own films and works that have inspired them. Here is the schedule:

Tutorial 1 (Monday 2 February) Introduction: how does a film get from script to screen? (Nik Powell)

Tutorial 2 (Monday 9 February) Storytelling: what’s the difference between plot and theme? (Destiny Ekharaga)

Tutorial 3 (Monday 16 February) Decisions: how to choose budget, schedule, location and kit? (Mike Figgis)

Tutorial 4 (Monday 23 February) The scene: how does a director make choices on set? (Corin Hardy)

Tutorial 5 (Monday 2 March) Time and space: how does editing affect meaning? (Justine Wright)

Tutorial 6 (Monday 9 March) Sound and music: what is the impact of a film’s soundtrack? (Danny Hambrook)

Explore Filmmaking: from Script to Screen will give you a greater understanding of the filmmaking process and show you how to take next steps, either by making your own films, entering the film industry or simply learning more about cinema.

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