Sydney 3 Month Film Course June 2017
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From Dream To Film Maker In 3 Months

All photographs from Sydney Film Base Productions & 3 Month Course films




Starts Thursday Night 15th June 2017

Thursday Nights and Some Saturdays

15 Reasons to Enrol on the Three Month Film Making & Directing Course

  • From Beginner/Intermediate to a knowing how to produce and direct professionally your own movie in three months.
  • Inexpensive and most affordable film course.  (Click Link for Price Information)
  • And graduate with the Film Director’s Certificate. 
  • Accelerate your film career in three months to the same level as you would on your own in three years.
  • Learn How to Crew, Direct and Make your own Professional Film
  • Highest Standards and Quality Training on our Three Month Film Course:
  • You can see the Film Equipment we use on our film courses , on our online Film Equipment Store
  • Spread over Three Months, the course takes place on Thursday Nights and some Saturdays
  • Course Starts Thursday Night 15th June and finishes on 19th September
  • The Film  Course teaches you and transforms you into a competent Film Maker
  • You will  work  on an actual film production
  • You are on a real film set shooting a movie.
  • You will direct real actors on film set on location
  • You will get to learn about and do all of the Crew roles. Camera , Sound Recording & Boom, Lighting, Continuity and more
  • Hands on and Practical with Film equipment
  • After the Three Month Film Course, you are invited to join the Indie Film Club for ongoing support, productions and work.
  • You will have your film to show to your friends and associates at the end of the course
  • You get a one on one career development meeting with Film Director Colm O’Murchu (Owner  Sydney Film Base)
  • We have the know how and we will show you the way to forge a career in the film industry.
  • And make films that look and sound professional and are like real movies
  • For Beginner or Intermediate Film Makers who wants to get to the next level.
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What you will Get, Achieve and Learn on the 3 Month Film Course

  • Work on an actual Film Set where you are part of the Crew.
  • You Direct for part of the shoot and get to do all of the other crew positions on a rotating basis.
  • Learn how to produce and direct your own professional films.
  • How to develop your film story and format it.
  • How to write a winning script.
  • How to cast your film with the best available actors in your city.
  • How to work with real actors by actually doing so.
  • How to produce and organise your film.
  • How to operate professional cameras.
  • How to record high quality location sound.
  • How to do three point lighting.
  • Know how a film is edited.
  • How to go after film work in the film industry.
  • How to develop your film career as a full-time money earner.
  • Sound Postproduction Session where the sound and music is mixed by John Hresc (Channel 9).
  • Film Director’s Certificate.
  • VOD Copy of the completed Film.
  • Increase your network with like minded fellow course participants
  • Most importantly, you will change your year for the better with a present that is exciting and full of opportunity
  • The 3 Month Film School will lead to film making opportunities and employment with us and via our networks 

Course Content & Dates:

Three Month Film Course starts on Thursday Night 15th June 2017

You can see exactly what you will learn on each session and the dates each session occurs on.

Module One: Learn How to write a great story & screenplay

Thursday Night 15th June 2017 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

  • Introductions of the  People on the Course and the Teacher
  • Course Overview and the Main Objectives – The Film Production and the excitement of producing and making the film
  • How to format a script – this is an essential so as to present a professional script
  • Which Software to use and how to get it for Free saving you $200
  • How to write a great screenplay
  • The Film Shots and what they are called – this is essential for the Film Director to understand

Thursday Night – 22nd June  2017 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Story Invention Workshop. In this session we create the Story for the Film Production. Colm O’Murchu shows you exactly how to create a story that grabs the audience.

  • Story Ideas Brainstorm and Generation
  • High Stakes Strong Objective
  • Adding Conflict to your story
  • The Improvisation Technique
  • Scene by Scene Breakdown

RESULT By 9.30pm we will have developed an eight minute short film story that you can now write a screenplay for.
Voluntary Homework: Write the first draft script of the story.

Module Two: Learn How to use Professional Film Equipment

Thursday Night 29th June 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Practical Hands On with Film Equipment

On this session everyone shall be familiarised with all of the film equipment. You will get to use it and feel how it works and learn about what is needed for a Professional Shoot

  • Camera Equipment: Play with the 4K Black Magic Camera with Professional Rig including Matt Box and A-B Hard Stop Follow Focus with 4 Prime Lenses,(14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 85mm)
  • Lights Equipment: Three Red Heads, Three Dedo Lights, Gels, Spun, Reflectors and Scrims
  • Top Professional Sound Equipment including Sennheizer 416 Microphone, Foam and Wind Socks, Boom Poles and Pistol Grips, Senheizer Lapelles Mics
  • Tracks and Crane and Steadicam Equipment, Sliders

Result: You will learn the names of all of the professional equipment, how it looks and what it is for.


Tuesday Night –  6th July   2017 – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

 You will learn how to operate a Professional Camera and shoot a scene

  • How to balance a Fluid Head Tripod
  • How to focus effectively using a Focus Chart
  • How to get the best F Stop
  • How to use the Zebra
  • How to frame a shot beautifully
  • How to pan and tilt
  • When to use Prime Lenses and when to use Zoom Lens

The Session will end with shooting a scene with 3 different Camera Shots.


Thursday Night – 13th July 2017  – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

6.30pm – 7.30pm

Setting up the Casting: We show you how we get the best Actors in town to the Casting.

7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Sound Session: Tonight we train you in how to use Professional Sound Equipment.

  • How to use the Boom Pole
  • We get you to use all the Sound Equipment
  • The Shotgun Microphone
  • The Wind Sock
  • The Foam Sock
  • The Pistol Grip
  • The Boom Pole
  • Wireless Transmitters and Receivers
  • Lapel Microphones
  • XLR Inputs on the Camera and why they are so important
  • Setting the right sound levels
  • How to record top class Professional Sound
  • The Session ends with shooting a professional one minute scene from multiple camera angles and correctly recording Sound
  • Voluntary Course Bonding: After Course Drinks Social at a local Hotel (Allow $5 for a drink)

Thursday Night 20th July   – 6.30pm – 10pm

The Lighting Session: You learn to use all of the Lighting and Gaffer Equipment

  • The Film Lights: Dedos and Redheads x 6
  • Gels
  • Blacks
  • Cutters
  • Spun
  • Scrim
  • Reflectors
  • How to three point light a film set


Module Three:  Casting Locations and Preparing to shoot.

Thursday Night 27th July  – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Casting Night – Real Live Auditions with Real Actors

Tonight we have a real live Casting with real actors. All of the Course participants get to:

  • Work on the Casting of Actors
  • Set up the Lights and Camera and operate them
  • Use the Lapel Microphone on the actors auditioning
  • Every 10 minutes an actor is scheduled for the casting
  • Course participants get to direct the actors in the casting

You will learn and know how to cast a film effectively by doing it for real. This is a favourite session as one learns how to pick the best actors from the audition.

Thursday Night 3rd August 6.30pm – 9.30pm

  • Finalising Locations for the Film Shoot
  • All Final Production issues are addressed
  • How to Prepare a Schedule and a Call Sheet
  • Working with Actors and how to Direct Actors

Tonight you will learn all about final preproduction for a film shoot.

Thursday Night  –   10th August  2016  – 6.30pm – 9.30pm  

Final Shoot Preparations: How to prepare for shooting

  • How to do a shot list
  • What a storyboard is
  • Actors Wardrobe Finalised
  • Rehearsals with the Actors

Tonight you will complete all the preparations and the preproduction for the movie that you will shoot now.

Module Four:  The  Three Day Shoot –  On Real Location


Saturday Shoot Day One  12th August 8am – 6pm

The Shoot on Location: Day One (This is the Real Deal)

Marking a shot on a Sydney Film Base course production Suburban TerrorThe Film Shoot – On Location. Today you will work as a crew member on a real film. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This is 100% hands-on practical.

Director & Crew Roles for the Film Shoot that you will do:

  1. Director
  2. DOP
  3. Focus Puller
  4. Clapper
  5. Sound Recordist
  6. Boom Swinger
  7. Gaffer
  8. Grips
  9. Continuity
  10. Make up

7.30 – 10pm – Fun Social Drinks – Voluntary



Thursday Night    –   17th August    – 6.30pm – 9.30pm

  • Review of Shoot Day 1
  • Advanced Lessons for shooting your film.
  • Preview of  Shoot Day 2&3
  • Final Rehearsals of Actors


Saturday  Shoot Day Two:    –  19th August – 8am – 6pm  The Film Shoot on Location –  Jay 


The Film Shoot – On Location. Today you will work as a crew member on a real film. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This is 100% hands-on practical.

Director  & Crew Roles for the Film Shoot that you will do:

  1. Director
  2. DOP
  3. Focus Puller
  4. Clapper
  5. Sound Recordist
  6. Boom Swinger
  7. Gaffer
  8. Grips
  9. Continuity
  10. Make up


Sunday Shoot Day Three –  20th August   – 8am – 6pm   

Shoot Day Three: The Film Shoot on Location 61 Hours completedToday the Crew shoot on their own. You will work as a crew member on a real film. Every person revolves through the 10 Person Crew roles over the three shooting days. A designated time is allotted for each crew role. This is 100% hands-on practical.

Module Five:  Postproduction – Editing and Sound Post

Thursday Night    –   24th August   – 6.30pm – 9.30pm Edit Day One

In the studio, Editing begins on the film. You will learn how a film is edited and how to make the film professional. 

  • We edit the film
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • How to edit the material into a finisihed scene

Today you will learn how to prepare and edit your movie and get some scenes actually edited.

Tuesday Night  –  5th September – 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Edit Night Tw0

  • Continue the film edit
  • Colouring the film
  • Credits and Titles
  • Visual Effects


Sound Post  9th September 10am – 3pm – 78 hours completedimgres-3

Sound Post Session Channel 9 Sound Post Expert John Hresc cleans and mixes the Sound Session in the Sound Post Studio

  • How to clean up dialogue
  • Using ADR to replace location dialogue
  • Where to place Sound Effects

This is a wonderful final technical session where the course participant learns the importance of Sound and sees the film in its completed phase for the first time with music and seamless sound track.



Module Six: Making Film Pay and Future Directions 

How to become a Film Maker making a living and working on Passion Projects


Tuesday Night 19th September  – 7pm till late The Final Night 81 Hours completed

  • Where to from here? How to create a future career.
  • Making Indie Films after the course
  • Independent Film Club and how it works
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Film Makers Certificate
  • Screening of the Finished Film
  • Party and Celebration

After the Three Month Film School Completes, Support Structures

  1. Indie  Film Club Meetings  after 3 Month Film Course to network and find new film projects
  2. Numerous Film Productions that mushroom from Indie Film Club
  3. We select Crew for our Feature Film Productions from the most talented.


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