Program Duration12 Wednesday evenings
Next Start DatesTBD
Camera or device capable of shooting digital video
What You'll Learn
Have you always wanted to make a film? Does your digital camera or cellphone take video? Already making online videos and want to push them to the next level? Over 12 weeks Aerlan Barrett will take you through the entire process of filmmaking. With lectures, exercises, discussions and hands-on experience, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of movie making. Working with various DSLR cameras, lenses, sound and lighting equipment. Production exercises to learn how to work with a crew, direct actors and prepare for any shoot. Hands on experience editing software, practicing sound design, colour correction and working with footage. With the goal that by the end of the course you will apply all these skills to create your own five-minute film in any style. Documentary, experimental or narrative.
Schedule: Wednesday evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Course Fee: $995 CDN
Program Duration: 12 weeks
(See ‘Outline’ tab for week-by-week breakdown.)
Next Start Date in 2021, TBD
Check out the final project from a recent class here!
WEEK 1, INTRODUCTION
Introductions. Short Film Screening.
WEEK 2, PRODUCTION 1
Production Workshop #1. Crew Rolls. Equipment Introduction.
WEEK 3, WRITING
Pitches. Free Write. Story Structure. Documentary. Camera Technology.
WEEK 4, PRODUCTION 2
Production Workshop #2. Experimental Focus. Essentials of Photography.
WEEK 5, EDITING
Editing Assignment. Documentary/Narrative stream. Introduction to software.
WEEK 6, PRODUCTION 3
Production Workshop #3. Story Focus.
WEEK 7, PREPRODUCTION
Shot listing. Budgeting. Crew. Casting. Editing lab.
WEEK 8, EDITING
Editing theory/methods. Lab time.
WEEK 9, SOUND DESIGN
Rough cut / assignment screening. Sound Workshop.
WEEK 10, BUYERS CHOICE
Class chooses the subject.
WEEK 11, OPEN LAB
Workshop your projects, wherever they’re at.
WEEK 12, SCREENING
Final Screening. Publishing. Festivals.
Terms & Conditions
Please note: This program does not require approval under the Private Training Act (PTA). Students may not file a claim against the Student Tuition Protection Fund with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) regarding this program.
Terms & Conditions
- Tuition is due in full at the time of registration.
- Tuition is not protected by PTIB’s Student Tuition Protection Fund. For more information visit: www.privatetraininginstitutions.gov.bc.ca/students/student-tuition-protection-fund
- In the event that VanArts cancels a part-time program, all registrants for that program will receive a full refund.
- VanArts may cancel a part-time program if enrolments do not reach our minimum capacities.
- There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of 20% of the part-time program tuition.
- Written notice of withdrawal to firstname.lastname@example.org is required.
- Non-attendance without written notice does not constitute eligibility for a refund.
- Refunds of the full program tuition, less the 20% cancellation fee, will be granted up to seven calendar days before the start date of the part-time program.
- No refunds will be granted less than seven days before the start date of the part-time program.
About the Instructor
Aerlan Barrett is a graduate from the Simon Fraser School for Contemporary Arts and an award winning Playwright, Screenwriter Cinematographer, Director and Editor. Known for his Praxis and Whistler screenwriting award, director of short films that have premiered internationally and for his work on numerous independent projects that have brought him to China, Belgium and all around Canada. As an educator he’s worked with The Cinematheque’s film-making program, at Simon Fraser University as both a teaching and research assistant and in VanArts’ acting program. He brings his energy and passion to every class room and project he works on, hoping to inspire and encourage a new wave of artistic voices.
Please note that letters of acceptance are not issued for part-time courses, that the course may be cancelled if student enrolment is low, and that we advise any international students signing up for part-time courses to only do so if they are currently residing in Vancouver or if this course is not their sole purpose for visiting.