We all know that children have incredible imagination and boundless creativity. What makes the difference is learning craft and skill to fully realise and unleash potential. Our film courses offer an incredible opportunity to develop craft and understanding.
Young Film Academy (YFA) is the UK’s leading provider of youth film events, courses and workshops for young people aged 5-19.
Each year, Young Film Academy helps over 7500 young people complete and screen their first movies. YFA runs courses during school holidays, provides outreach events and workshops to arts organisations and festivals, parties for kids, and is part of the BFI Academy Network. Read More
Youth of various ages love to play roles in shooting films with either their friends or other budding stars. It could be exciting and great fun to either be in the acting or directing set of a film project for these young individuals.
The Young Film Academy is a great place where youths learn filmmaking and even get to complete their on-screen movies. With workshops, outreaches, and school summer holidays, the YFA can achieve this.
At the YFA, youths get to harness hidden skills and potentials to make them outstanding directors, writers, actors, and producers in their youthful years.
Over time, as life carries on in its usual way, the old crew involved in filmmaking reach a certain age, where they can no longer actively play their roles. At this point, the new fresh perspectives the youths bring, help to ensure continuity in the industry.
As seen in the film, Youth; life and death happens, and there must be those available to take over when the time comes.
Also, the need for films that are relevant to the present generation is one area where youths are needed in the industry. They help to bring new ideas that reflect their times and thus helps them create stories that are relatable and engaging.
There is never a better time than the present to ensure that the youths become actively involved in the filmmaking industry.
Several ways to ensure youthful participation in this industry are listed below.
One sure way to ensure that youths who like everything about the business of film making is to give them access to training in designated summer camps. In such summer camps, they learn everything they need to know about the concept of filmmaking.
For young ones who may not be interested in core subjects like Mathematics and the sciences, quality education in filmmaking may help spark an interest in the quest for knowledge. Classes in filmmaking can be taught in schools.
As they watch films that teach and instruct them, they begin to pick an interest in filmmaking and would look forward to their own filmmaking projects.
There are different parts to filmmaking, but most times, many youths are not informed. Youths should be taught about other parts of the industry like costuming, editing, lighting, and encouraged to choose a part they will enjoy and excel in.
Motion pictures that youths can easily relate to should be produced. This helps to trigger their interest in this industry.
The film, Youth was written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel played the lead roles.
Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and his friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), regular spa visitors, are on a vacation in the Swiss Alps at a spa at Wiesen with Fred’s daughter and assistant, Lena Ballinger (Rachel Weisz). An emissary of Queen Elizabeth the II approached Fred a retired composer asking him to perform Simple songs #3, his popular song for her majesty’s son, Prince Philip’s Birthday Concert. He declined the offer claiming he was old and retired while he had thoughts and still loves and appreciates the beauty of orchestra music in his head at his quiet times. Mick Boyle a film director works with a group of writers for his movie, testament. The hotel has an amazing spa and also has persons like an actor Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano), miss universe, a masseuse, Diego Maradona, and others.
Lena is married to Mick’s son but he leaves her for Paloma Faith a pop star. Fred and Mick (Harvey Keitel) reflect on how quickly life has passed and their memories are fading as they get old. The Queen’s emissary returns to see Fred and insists on her wish but he explains that he can’t make a performance at the birthday show without his wife who sings the soprano part. Mick completes all about the film and chooses Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda) as the star actress who has starred in 11 of his previous movies. She, however, declines the role to take part in a television role. This causes Mick to commit suicide due to his inability to make a good motion picture in many years.
Fred visits his wife in Venice at a home care but later returns to the United Kingdom to conduct the song for the queen and her son Prince Philips at his birthday show.
At the YFA students will also get to experience what it feels like to act or play big roles in short films they produce and shoot themselves within a day (s) or in weeks.
Sorrentino’s movie, “Youth” stars great characters like Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel who played spa-loving characters, Fred Ballinger and Mick Boyle. Jane Fonda acted as Brenda Morel. The character Lena Ballinger was played by Rachel Weisz while Paul Dano starred as Jimmy tree. Madalina Diana Ghenea played the character, Miss Universe. All the beautiful characters of Sorrentino’s Youth were superb.
Having professional tutors as guides, youths can learn all about filmmaking including casting as well as simple songs for a perfect motion picture.
Youth was released on 20 May 2015 during the Cannes film festival with all rights reserved. At the Cannes festival, it competed for the Palme d’Or. It was also selected in 2015 for the Toronto International film festival for a special presentation. It was released in January 2016 in the UK.
Paolo Sorrentino the academy award-winning director of the Great beauty in 2013 also wrote and directed Youth his second movie in English language. Sorrentino is an Italian writer, screenwriter, and director who has also won an award in a foreign language film.
David Lang, a composer beautifully composed the music in the movie including simple song #3. Luca Bigazzi a cinematographer photographed while Cristiano Travaglioli edited the movie. The production design was performed by Ludovica Ferrario who is known for her beautiful, outstanding, and excellent work over time in the movies the great beauty and hidden away.
In the same vein, youth who love filmmaking can learn these different aspects involved in it.
Youth was filmed in Waldhaus films with all the cast and crew members staying at a particular hotel. Some scenes were filmed in Rome, Venice, Daros, and Switzerland.
Every youth with a vision for filmmaking must be ready to submit works to critics for reviews. These critics see their works and help them to know how well their works may be received.
Sorrentino’s movie Youth received some recognition and awards in 2015. Michael Caine won the best actor, Sorrentino went home with awards for the best director and film. David Lang’s debut song simple song was nominated in the Original Song category.
Similarly, the works of youth in the filmmaking industry should be awarded. An excellent review can go a long way to boost the morale and encourage one youth to launch in the industry.
Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth movie reportedly made an estimated $24 million at the box office.
With one great review, a show like by this young may gross a whooping amount in the box office.
There are so many benefits to the youths involved in filmmaking. Some of the benefits include perfecting skills, meeting new people, developing boldness, making friends, improving communication skills, enhances professionalism, etc. It also boosts teamwork spirit, positive exposure, creates intense fun, improves your creativity, boosts perseverance, creates long-lasting memories, keeps you fit, increases your performance, enhances problem-solving abilities.
Youths should enroll in YFA. Who knows?, someday they might just turn out to be the greatest movie director, actor, or writer like Sorrentino whose second English language film won an award. Turn their curiosity in filmmaking into their passion for it and you will never regret it. Build their career from now and reap the fruits in the future. Get your youths involved in filmmaking for a day, a week, a month, or even a year, as early as January.
Call us on 0207 3874341 to find out how we can help you get started, or click the red button to find out more about the film making courses YFA offer.
Dear YFA team, Thank you Young Film Academy for giving me the opportunity to work with so many people who are as passionate about creating films as I am. I can honestly say that the last two years of YFA summer camps combined have been the best four weeks of my life. You have helped me learn so much about myself and realise that creating films is what I love doing!
The Young Film Academy was a huge success for Henry. He used the skills he has learned to set up a film club at school and the seven of them are working on a film
I can without hesitation say that our MovieStar Party was the best birthday party my daughter has ever had!
As an amateur actor, this was his first opportunity to really hone his screen acting skills and he simply loved it, emailing me mid-week saying “please sign me up for three weeks next summer”.
Bravo to the entire team for helping to make dreams come true! We will see you again next year.”
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!
We were looking on Summer Camps UK but somehowI ended up finding this and was over the moon. Even though I wasn’t sure I would love it (because I love movies but wasn’t sure about making them) I was excited about all the other activities. The school / learning days were super engaging and the evening activities made it feel like a holiday. Looking forward to the next filmmaking residential summer camp. Thanks YFA!