Low budget/no budget filmmaking

General information

You’re writing your great film script, you have an idea for a doco or web series and want to get started; your friend/s need a music clip, you want to make an award-winning short for a film festival or someone needs a corporate video for their business website? This summer school is for beginners, filmmakers on a budget, media teachers and students, and people generally wanting to learn the essentials of filmmaking.

You’ll learn how to expertly light a scene, record sound and move your camera to get high production values. Over the 2 days we will shoot a music clip, a mini documentary/interview using simple and low-budget equipment . We’ll also use iPhones, GoPro’s, DSLR’s and Camcorders. We will introduce you to inexpensive, professional Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas editing. If time permits, we’ll edit the music clip we shoot together.

This course is also aimed at “one man band” or small crews with little or no budget. You’ll learn how to move your camera using devices that don’t cost much and learn about apps to help you. A strong emphasis is placed on sound and lighting techniques which can let down a production if not done well.

While there will be cameras available to shoot with at the course, participants are encouraged to bring, and use, their own cameras (and tripod if you have one) to experiment with the techniques demonstrated at the course. This is a very hands-on course and we encourage all participants to be involved in all aspects — camera, sound, directing, acting and editing -everything we shoot in class.

An individual exercise will be given to anyone wishing to put their learning into practice after the first day (not mandatory). They will be given the task of shooting and editing a 2-3 min interview piece as homework using their phones or other equipment they own. They will need to shoot with good sound and lighting techniques learned in class and overlay b-roll footage throughout the edit. Films shot on iPhones can be cut on iMovie directly on your phone, for example. The next morning we show and discuss these films.

Filmschool programme | July 1-July 28

Week 1 (classes)Monday - Friday:
• Screenwriting: 9.30 - 11.15
• Directing: 11.30 - 13.15
• Cinematography: 15.00 - 16.45
• Editing: 17.00 - 18.45
• Film exercise shooting: 9.00 - 18.00
• Film exercise editing: 9.00 - 21.00
Week 2 (classes, consultations & pre-production for film shoot)Monday - Friday:
• Screenwriting: 9.30 - 11.15
• Directing: 11.30 - 13.15
• Cinematography: 15.00 - 16.45
• Editing: 17.00 - 18.45
Saturday - Sunday
• Shooting of student films
Week 3 shooting of student films)Students shoot their own films, and crew for other students.
Week 4 (post-production & evaluations)Monday - Thursday
• Post-production
• Public screening: 9.00 - 11:30
• Evaluations with faculty: 12.00 - 17.00
• Closing event: 20.00

School price

Free if you apply on www.russia.study
650 € if you apply as a paid student

Cultural programme

You will be able to select from  36 possible cultural events in Petrozavodsk and the Republic of Karelia
Cultural programme is provided every day including holidays.

Summer school location