Young Film Academy run regular interactive remote masterclasses for aspiring young filmmakers and actors aged 14-17 that fuse advanced teaching from industry professionals with practical activities and workshops.
Remote course pricing is on a per group basis. Min-Max group size for this course is 1-2 students. The number of students in your group does not affect the price.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Great movies have great dialogue and this practical masterclass will help you write (or sometimes hold back from writing…) the engaging, nuanced dialogue to enhance your characters and plot. In this practical masterclass, students will learn how to avoid exposition and over-writing, and try their hand at creating their own dialogue for specific characters. Through subtext, surprise, action and editing, students will get the fast-track on how dialogue can truly fizz and crackle, bringing your movie script to life.
Writing Screen Dialogue Masterclass runs Saturday 26th September 3pm-6pm GMT+1.
This masterclass is your one stop shop in preparing for an audition and the dos and don’ts when you are there. Through practical exercises including a mock audition this session will cover making a great first impression, how to stand out in the room, preparing your character/scene and working with a director in an audition. This masterclass will also include guidance on self-taping for auditions (an essential part of getting work on screen) and industry advice covering working with agents and casting directors.
Audition Technique Masterclass runs Saturday 3rd October 3pm-6pm GMT+1.
What does a Producer do? A producer is arguably the most important person in your crew – for good reason. They’re the glue: a good producer ensures your movie gets finished; they handle the logistics, the money – and the egos. This practical masterclass will cover what a producer does and how they do it. Students will get will try budgeting a short film, gaining exclusive insight into the tips and tricks of how producers on low/no budget movies cut corners without compromising production values. An essential workshop for serious aspiring filmmakers.
Producing Masterclass runs Saturday 10th October 3pm-6pm GMT+1.
Directing actors on screen is a delicate art. Get a head-start with this practical masterclass which explores techniques and strategies to help aspiring directors tease out the best performances from their screen actors. During the masterclass, participants will have a unique opportunity to direct a live scene with semi-professional acting students from a top UK drama school. Following a debrief with our professional directing coach, students will leave with the tools they need convey intention and objectives to actors without giving line-readings, learning how to let actors find meaning for themselves.
Directing Masterclass runs Saturday 17th October 3pm-6pm GMT+1.
Does you movie need design? Yes! Design impacts your movie’s visual tone and makes your creative vision unique. This practical masterclass will focus on key design elements for aspiring filmmakers, including choosing and dressing free locations, sourcing props, as well as characters’ wardrobe choices and make-up design. During the workshop, students will be introduced to online assets they can use to create their own visual mood boards for their characters, scenes and movies. Students will leave with the inside track on how to maximise the design elements of their movie on a shoe-string budget.
Production Design Masterclass runs Saturday 7th November 3pm-6pm GMT.
This unique, practical masterclass explores the way sound is constructed in post-production to tell stories. From ADR to Foley, students will understand the intention and processes behind cinematic soundscapes, and build scenes from the sound up, to create dramatic effect and emotional impact. Looking at examples from some of the most audibly impressive films of recent years, we’ll consider the smallest of details as well as atmospheric backdrops which give life to locations. Using footage from professional movies, students will record their own foley sounds and fuse them with supplied libraries to align us with characters and effectively immerse audiences in fictional worlds.
Sound Design Masterclass runs Saturday 14th November 3pm-6pm GMT.
Additional Requirements: Editing software on a laptop or desktop capable of editing HD video. Supported software includes: Premiere Pro Adobe Premiere Rush, Final Cut Pro, iMovie
This practical post-production masterclass will cover the theory and practise of Visual Effects (FX), which has become an essential part of modern filmmaking. Students will learn the processes of basic compositing and will build their own action sequence using professional footage and stock elements, complete with explosions, muzzle flashes, dinosaurs and set extensions. We’ll explore best practices from planning your shots through to completion. Students will emerge from this masterclass with the tools and know-how to make their movies even more jaw-dropping…
VFX Masterclass runs Saturday 21st November 3pm-6pm GMT.
Additional Requirements: Editing software on a laptop or desktop capable of editing HD video. Supported software includes: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X
Where do you start when you approach a script? How do you create a 3D character with as much life as you? Acting for film and television requires different techniques to acting on stage, and gaining experience in front of camera will hugely benefit young actors and actresses looking to build their confidence, skills and portfolio. This practical masterclass for budding actors will look at the use of voice, movement and psychology, all key aspects of the screen actor’s preparation, to start to building characters on screen.
Building a Character on Screen Masterclass runs Saturday 28th November 3pm-6pm GMT.
Additional Requirements: Editing software on a laptop or desktop capable of editing HD video
– an internet connection capable of reliably streaming video
– a laptop or desktop computer
– ideally a quiet space for working
+ Please see individual masterclass listings above for additional requirements.
Max and Jake loved the remote course! Max loved it and he learned so much. He is truly passionate about filmmaking and to be able to share what he’s learned so far, have his films professionally critiqued but also to develop his skills was just fantastic – even when it came to sorting critical IT issues 🙂
Thanks so very much to Dan and the team. The boys loved it.
Young Film Academy provided my sons with an excellent week of education and fun. Their short film really surprised us all with its excellent artistic and technical merit – their imaginations have been sparked. Thank you and thank you!
Dear YFA team, Thank you so much for turning this difficult time into such a positive experience. I was so worried about what to do with the kids when their school closed and they were stuck at home, but over the last four days they’ve had an incredible time learning new skills and were really engaged with the whole filmmaking process. Knowing that we could let them get on with it by themselves was a huge relief. The movie they produced was brilliantly creative (not sure about my cameo though…!) They’re determined to do a music video next, so we will be in touch very soon. Thanks again!
Young Film Academy courses are excellent for young people. They get a taste of the craft of filmmaking, in all departments and I was astonished by the speed at which they learned.
The girls had a lot of fun making their music videos and we all loved watching the final result. The tutor Nathan was great, he had lots of patience and stayed very calm. I thought the remote course was also explained very well.
Jake said it was he best course he has ever done and he is very picky and critical about what he does and doesn’t like. He loved every day!
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