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University of Birmingham

Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking for the Web

University of Birmingham via FutureLearn

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The University of Birmingham, the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset have combined forces, to create this four-week, free online course.

It will look at filmmaking theory and practice, and how they interact to produce good and even meaningful stories, helping you develop short films for digital platforms.

Whether fact or fiction, there are many principles and processes that make a story work on film, so that what viewers see is more than just a sequence of events, but is instead a compelling narrative, which holds their attention, makes them think and keeps them coming back for more.

We will cover all aspects of production – from how to research your story to adding the finishing touches in the edit. The course will address many issues along the way, including critical thinking; story structure; style; genre; ethics; legalities; practical techniques for camera, sound and lighting; and more.

Taught by

Richard Langley and Michele Aaron


3.8 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • Dantheman
    Typical university film department level course. Filmmaking is treated as medium for expressing arts theoretics and left wing politics. Very left - arts schools are where the last hardline Marxists survive and resent away. Technically much of the ad…
  • Cyn Gar
    A nice little introduction to film making for anyone considering making a video. Gives participants things to consider when planning what story to tell and how to tell it. Just don't expect much beyond scratching the surface of each topic.

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