Places on our 2017 Moving Image Arts and Journalism CPD teacher courses are now open for booking.
All Belfast courses will run from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd June from 10.00 am – 15.30pm and will be held in Nerve Belfast CLC at the Ulidia Resource Centre.
Pure Cinema Script to Screen
Pure Cinema techniques allow us to tell stories with minimal dialogue but massive visual impact. Here we will look at useful influences and inspirations, explain how to make storyboarding the first step in your storytelling process and cover an array of indispensable camera and editing techniques which can add cinematic heft to any project.
Introduction to Adobe Premiere
Adobe Premiere is a powerful editing tool, widely-used throughout the television and film industry and now available on C2k. On this introductory one day course, you will begin to learn how to use Adobe Premiere for post production for MIA.
JMC Vox Pops
The Vox pop workshop will give teachers an introduction to writing questions for vox pops, going out and recording them and then coming back, editing, and exporting them.
Theory for MIA AS
This full day course will cover the key areas of study for the revised MIA AS examination – Alfred Hitchcock and the Classical Hollywood Style and Formalism: Early European Cinema and American Expressionism. The MIA Chief Examiner will detail the Learning Outcomes of the new AS specification and the support materials available, including the specimen examination and fact sheets. The course will explore approaches to teaching the subject content and preparing candidates for the online examination.
Blender: the Basics
An introduction to the free 3D animation and effects compositing package. This will cover. 1. Using the Blender interface to create basic animation. 2. The Flying bullet effect. 3. Animating a pre-existing character model. 4. Bullet Time – a Matrix style time standing still effect.
Using InDesign for JMC Print Portfolio
This full day course will introduce you InDesign, the professional design software from Adobe now available on C2k. It will take you through creating layouts for print publication (newspaper and magazine). This will be particularly useful for teachers of the CCEA A-Level in Journalism, as print is a requirement in the portfolio coursework.
Theory for MIA A2
This full day session will cover the key areas of study for the revised A2 examination – Realism in World Cinema, including Italian Neo-realism, the French New Wave and Poetic Realism. The Chief Examiner will detail the Learning Outcomes of the new A2 specification and the support materials available, including the specimen examination and fact sheets. The course will explore approaches to teaching the subject content and preparing candidates for the online examination.
Help, I’m a GCE MIA Teacher!
Gain an insight into the requirements for the revised MIA AS & A2 specifications as well as learning about support resourses available. This full day course will also cover some ideas for practical exercises as well as help and advice in planning your schemes of work. Feel free to come along with your own ideas and, as ever, a pen/hard drive can come in handy to share resources.
After Effects: the Basics
A primer on After Effects covering these four introductory exercises and including handouts and pre-prepared footage for everyone to take away. 1. Push-pin animation. How to Turn a simple stick-man drawing into a moving animated character. 2. Muzzle flare, laser beams and light sabres. 3. 3D planes/bullet time effect – how to make a Matrix-style time stands still effect. 4. High Impact Compositing. Using masking, compositing and pre-shot footage to simulate a hit and run.
DSLR: More Bang for your Bucks
DSLR’s are now a vital tool for student film-makers but often these devices aren’t used to their full potential. Here we’ll learn a number of simple techniques for pushing these cameras to the limit. 1. Pixilation/Timelapse techniques and how using a simple £10 add-on can turn your DSLR into a device capable of shooting professional looking 4K footage. 2. Faking slow motion and achieving that “Saving Private Ryan” effect. 3. Using additional lenses and filters. 4. Track-free hacks for camera movement – coveirng under-cranking and Snorri-cams.
Stop Motion Animation for GCSE
This full day course will take you through the essentials of stop-motion theory and techniques and introduce you to a number of methods that can be used to create stop-motion animations. This course would be particularly useful for those offering the MIA GCSE specification and will guide you through the animation controlled assessment element of the course.
JMC Writing & Working with Sources
The News Writing and working with sources workshop will give teachers guidance on the ‘newsroom’ section (Section D) of the revised GCSE Journalism examination – with tips on what to consider when working with provided source material and guidance on writing a news story under time pressure and to a set word limit.
A day long workshop covering how to use free software, practical effects work and can-do ingenuity to create stunning action movie effects. Includes cross-platform workflows for 1. Muzzle flare effects. 2. Walking Dead style head shots and blood splatter effects. 3. Light sabres and laser beam effects. 4. Super-speed effects – an effects workflow for creating a superfast motion effect a la Quicksilver in The X-men films or TV’s The Flash. 5. Flying objects. 6. Target Sights and High-Tech interfaces.
Final Cut Pro X Special Effects for MIA
Learn the basics of special effects techniques within Final Cut Pro X. Get to grips with green screen, compositing, colour grading, colour correction and keyframe animation.
Sound Editing for GCSE MIA
This full day course will take you through the controlled assessment sound task for GCSE MIA and will give you the skills to help your students create a professional sound track for their films. Acquire skills in foley recording, multi-track mixing and using royalty free sound effects and music.
We are also holding the following courses in the Nerve Centre CLC Derry/Londonderry. Please follow the links for more information.
(N.B. If numbers are not high enough for Derry/Londonderry these courses will run in Belfast only)