Summer Film School 2019

2019 Summer School dates will be confirmed soon

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Filmmaking at our 1 week Summer Film School: Girl on sound


All 5-day courses are £195 payable in advance.
Sibling price £160

Students are required to bring a packed lunch and drinks/snacks for each day.

The Film Academy Edinburgh will have at least one and possibly two weeks of summer film schools available to choose from for 2019.

We run separate classes for ages 9 – 12 and 13 – 18.

Each day runs from 9.30 to 3.45 (which includes 30 minutes for lunch and two breaks), except on Friday which is a later finish to allow for awards and the final screening.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 16 in each age group, so book early!

The Week’s Schedule


Today you will get an introduction to everything; in the morning are workshops on the basics of acting-for-camera and scriptwriting, when we’ll introduce the short film script you are going to make.

In the afternoon it’s the first of two workshops on editing and all the camera equipment.


The morning is a further acting-for-camera and script workshop, when we’ll divide you into cast and crew, plus more in-depth work on the cameras.

Tuesday afternoon is when we’ll cast the short film, and the crew will breakdown and schedule the script.

The second and last editing workshop also takes place.


An all day short film shoot. You have just 5 hours to get the majority filmed.


The pressure is on to wrap the film, and you must finish filming by lunch time.

So, now we’ve shown you how a film is written and made, and you’ve had a good practice at making one.

This afternoon you will divide into smaller groups, when you will create a one to two page script of your own. You have just two and a half hours to write, cast and rehearse.


Put all that knowledge into practice; we give you just 30 minutes to shoot your film, but there’s a catch; you are not allowed any editing, so you must shoot in sequence.

In the afternoon you will participate in masterclasses.

We finish with our end of week screening and presentation, which your parents are invited to attend at 4pm.


The Film Academy Edinburgh has hired and will run all courses in the professionally equipped spaces in the Cre:8 building of Edinburgh College’s Milton Road campus.

Summer Film School: Course Overview

Kids make films at our summer Film School!An exciting and fun 5-day filmmaking adventure where young people will learn all the tricks of Hollywood to make their own short films, online videos, experiencing the challenge and fun of making movie magic!

With workshops in the secrets and techniques of being an actor, how to direct, operate camera and sound equipment, write a script and storyboard, all the way through to post production editing on state of the art iMac edit suites. On the last day the students will see their hard work up on the big screen.

Guided by experienced film industry professionals, and working with professional film making equipment, students will be encouraged to explore their creativity, build their confidence, work collaboratively and develop new skills such as planning and organising in a series of hands-on workshops on making movies.

It will provide students with the opportunity to take on all the front-of-camera and behind-the-scenes roles involved in making a short film. In fact, the A to Z of cinema.

The skills learned through making a film apply to all walks of life, and provide young people with a strong base for the future.

A special screening of the students’ film will be held at the end of the course on the Friday, with parents invited to attend. All students will receive a certificate of course completion and a digital download link of their work. DVDs are available on request.