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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is perfect for students who want to combine English language with an introduction to filmmaking and film theory.
  • Study for a 4-week period during the summer, with plenty of free time to explore your surroundings and practice your English outside of class.
  • No prior film experience is necessary.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Los Angeles

Start dates:

  • 29 June, 27 July, 24 August 2020

Entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • 4 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 15

Lessons per week:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) English and Filmmaking 

Included in the price:

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Center and film production equipment 
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"I like Hollywood films since I was a child. Especially I was inspired by the recent film 'La La Land'. I have lots of pictures of Los Angeles and Hollywood in my mind. How can I miss the course that combines both English and film production?"

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of English and Filmmaking

English and filmmaking lessons

Topics vary each week, but students receive in-depth instruction of pre-production, production, and post-production through lectures, interactive communicative activities, and hands-on participation.

Group work is an essential element of this course, so attendance is critical to students’ success.

Lessons will cover the following:

  • Screenwriting
    Story structure, concept development, visual storytelling methods, script formatting.
  • Acting basics
  • Techniques for role preparation, working within a frame, playing according to shot size, expression through body and language.
  • Production
  • Filming techniques, cinematic framing, lighting and sound.
  • Post-production
    Video editing techniques and practice, color correction, sound editing.
  • Contemporary filmmaking
    The history of Hollywood — the business of making films, from blockbusters to independent film.

Assessment

  • Assessment is based on weekly assignments, group participation, tests.

Filmmaking equipment

Vacation Plus Film students have access to the following at Kings Los Angeles:

  • Classrooms equipped with an interactive projector or smart television for interactive learning experience
  • iMac desktops with user-friendly scriptwriting program software installed
  • Production equipment including prosumer DSLR camera, sliders and dollies, lighting tools, microphones, tripods
  • Professional, up-to-date film editing software

Transfer agreements

  • Kings LA offers transfer agreements with the New York Film Academy and the Musicians’ Institute.

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