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Week 38: Fundamentals of Filmmaking

with:Martin Gärdemalm
and Daniel Danielsson


The week will give an overview of the basic stages of film production that can be applied to basically any type of film regardless of origin and size. The production behind everything from Hollywood blockbusters to a short zero-budget presentation video can benefit from the same structures and skills. You will get first hand experience in:

  • Pre-production
  • Film shoot
  • Post-production

Going through these stages you will work in groups of 3-4 people to take an idea and transform it into a finished film. The focus will be less on having a perfect finished product and more on trying the processes, ideas and techniques behind different aspects of filmmaking.


To be able to dive straight into HOW an idea is turned into a film your first assignment will be to come up with a story or idea that you want to work with during the week. Working in your groups you will agree on one or two ideas, summarize it very briefly (one sentence is enough) and send it to Martin before 2016-09-18.

For you to get the most out of this course we want you to work on the kind of films that you are most interested in. However, to keep it somewhat grounded and to challenge your creativity a bit we have some requirements for you:

  1. The finished film can be maximum 2 minutes long
  2. You have to be able to shoot the majority of the film in the school or around the arts campus
  3. The film has to include one (and ONLY one) CGI shot. More specifically a shoot of a hologram. It can be a sweet futuristic interface, floating video chat, a spooky ghost, someone asking Obi-Wan for help, or anything like it.

Week Overview


”How are we telling the story?”

9:00 - 12:00:

  • Presentations and introduction to the upcoming week
  • The basics of screenwriting
  • Writing! (group work)

14.00 - 16.00:

  • The director's process - How to turn the script into a film
  • Storyboarding, scouting, moodboard/references (Introduction + group work)

”Pre-production, film-techniques and shooting”

9:00 - 12:00:

  • Brief group presentation of storyboards and the ideas behind them
  • Script brakedown and shooting schedule (Introduction + group work)
  • The film crew (Theoretical) - The different roles and how to multitask in micro-teams
  • Image and Sound (Theoretical) - The technical and creative side. How to create great results with simple means
  • The Tools - Run-through of the tools you will use, including safety and responsibilities
  • How to start a ”take”

13:00 - 16.00:

  • Go out and shoot your film! (group work)

“Film shoot”

9:00 - 12:00:

  • (Martin available for questions and/or feedback on material from last day)
  • Film shoot (group work)
  • Prepare for editing: Transfer data to harddrives

13:00 - 16.00:

  • curriculum free


9:00 - 12:00:

  • Returning of film equipment
  • Introduction to editing
  • Organize and start. Get to know Adobe Premiere
  • Workflow
  • Syncing sound and video
  • Editing!

13:00 - 16.00:

  • Continued editing
  • Sound effects, soundmixing, music and rights
  • Basics of color grading
  • Finishing up and exporting - Choosing the right formats


9:00 - 12:00:

  • Introduction to VFX
  • Live tutorial in Adobe After Effects - Daniel shows you what you need to complete your VFX-shoots
  • VFX work in Adobe After Effects

13:00 - 16:00:

  • Continued VFX work
  • Finalizing the films and exporting
  • Showing the films!
  • Reflections and feedback

Resulting Videos:

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