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OFVM - Courses Now Booking for this Term

Oxford has a large number of thriving TV and digital media production companies, but they often struggle to find local talent, instead they have to bring freelances in from London and elsewhere. There is a real skill shortage in Oxford particularly for Directors, Producers, Editors, and Researchers, as well as a demand for entry level positions such as runners and edit assistants*.

NSSP member Screen South's Oxford network partners OFVM Film Oxford is a unique non-profit organisation supporting Beginners through to Emerging Filmmakers through to Industry Professionals.

Check out their programme of filmmaking and digital creative courses below at www.ofvm.org/training. OFVM an now also accept card payments over the phone (01865 792731) and will also accept a 50% deposit to hold the place.

* Pathways into the Industry in Oxfordshire report, SEEDA.

Level 1
Taster courses.These adult leisure courses are suitable for complete beginners in digital video, digital arts and animation. They are run at an easy pace and no prior skills are required to do these courses. All only £80 each.

Introduction to Digital Video
This enjoyable taster course is a hands-on basic introduction to using digital video cameras and editing.
Weekend 11th & 12th September2010 10.00am – 4.00pm

Stop Motion Animation
Create Wallace & Gromit style claymation in this enjoyable hands-on workshop.
Next course: 9th & 10th October 2010.00am – 4pm

Tips and Tricks for better photography with Photographer Suzy Prior
Photographic composition and shooting techniques for beginners.
Next course: 2 days, Weekend, 18th & 19th September 2010


Level 2
Suitable as a follow on course from level 1 or as longer and more demanding beginners courses aimed at those with a serious interest in filmmaking. Basic computer skills (e.g. email, web, word processing etc.) are required. The pace is more demanding than the level 1 courses, and students may be required to do preparation work outside of classes. The tutor will be very supportive throughout.

Shooting Video
OFVM’s flagship beginners course is designed for those wishing to make that first step into video production.
Next course: 8 weeks (evenings and weekends), Starts 5th October 2010

Introduction to Photoshop
This course introduces digital imaging concepts and techniques using Adobe Photoshop
Next course: 10 hours over two days. Starts 25th & 26th September 2010 10.00am – 4.00pm

Adobe Premiere Editing - Cutting room basics
Learn practical editing using this leading software package, (suitable for PC and Mac users).
Next course: 2 days, 16th & 17th October 2010 11.00am – 5.30pm

Creative VJ
At the crossroads between DJing, live cinema and the visual arts, VJing is a truly 21st century art form. A creative industry originating in club culture, we can nowadays see VJs in a wide range of venues, from art exhibitions to box office theatres and music events. VJs most often create live performances using video to create a heightened experience of music.
2 days 14th & 15th October 2010

Final Cut Pro
Take your first step to becoming an editor using this leading Mac postproduction software.
Next course: 2 Days, Consecutive Saturdays 18th & 19th September 2010 10.00am – 5.00pm

Flash Animation
Ideal as a follow on to the Flash for beginner’s level 1 course, or a preferable course for those beginners already using creative software (such as Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, FCP or similar software).
Next course: 2 days, 2nd & 3rd October 2010

Shooting Break - 1 week video production course
This introduction to video-making covers the whole process of video production from the initial idea through to a finished film.
Next course: 1 week (daytime), 18th-22nd April 2011 10am – 4.30pm


Level 3
Intermediate level courses aimed as follow on courses from Level 2, or students have completed similar courses elsewhere. However 'Introduction to Screenwriting' is suitable as a beginner's course; but it does have conditional entry criteria. (See course page for details). The pace on these courses is generally more intense and demanding. Depending on the course, students may have to more preparation and development work outside of class. Students will be expected to be motivated, self-driven and able to collaborate with each other.

Adobe After Effects - Post-production video effects
This course is a great introduction to this leading industry special effects and compositing program. Next course:
2 days, 30th & 31st October 2010 11am – 6pm

Chromakey
Chromakey is the technique of replacing a special back-drop with different footage to create a visual effect. For example a computer generated map behind a presenter in a broadcast weather forecast or a witch flying through the sky on a broomstick in a fantasy film. The course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn how to Key or improve their skills for use in a variety of situations. The course will cover Camera operation, Backdrop dressing, Lighting set-up, Importing, Editing and Compositing the footage.
2 days 6th & 7th November 2010

Introduction to Screenwriting
Since 2003 OFVM has been running this Introduction to Screenwriting course which is one of our most popular course. This improved course is aimed at writers who want to learn the art of screenwriting or filmmakers who want to develop their writing skills. Over the course, you will cover everything from developing ideas, stories and plots to research, premises, characterization, genres, adaptations, outlines, treatments, dialogue and the re-write.
Next course: 12 weeks, starts 18th October 2010 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Lighting Workshop - **NEW**!!
This course will introduce the students to the principles of lighting. After it they will have a better understanding and confidence to deal with lighting situations.
1 day, 16th October 2010 10am – 6pm

Location Sound Workshop
This Location Sound workshop will focus on both mixing and recording. The course will look at a wide variety of microphones and techniques, as well as the theoretical background information you need.
Next course: 2 days, 23rd & 24th October 2010 10am- 5.00pm

Shooting Documentary
In this practical hands-on course students are taught the main principals of Documentary Production, before going on to research, develop, schedule & plan a short documentary.
Next course: 6 weeks (evenings and weekends), Starts 20th October 2010 (Times vary)
Directing Screen Drama
This course, run by multi award winning film and TV director Simon Hook, will focus on working with professional actors, capturing their performances and planning the most sympathetic coverage.
Next course: 3 days, Dates 4th- 6th December 2010 10.00am - 6.00pm

Level 4
Advanced courses aimed at practicing filmmakers; both those working in the industry and those that aspire to do so.

Advanced Screenwriting
A bespoke discussion-based follow-up to the Introduction to Screenwriting Course in which more individual attention is given to developing each participant’s project from concept to finished script.
8 weeks new dates TBA 7.00pm – 9.00pm (only 6 students)

Filmmaking Exposed - Producing demystified
Led by multi-award winning film producer Bruce Windwood, the course strips away the mystique of filmmaking and explains in a very practical nuts and bolts kind of way, how to make and then market your film.
Weekend 20th & 21st November 2010

Detailed course outlines plus all dates, times and costs can be found on training page - www.ofvm.org/training

All courses are subsidised for EU citizens (non-EU citizens without indefinite leave to remain must pay the full price). To book on a course go to http://www.ofvm.org/bookingform.php