Summer Film School 2019

2019 Summer School dates are 5th to 9th August

Summer school full for 2019

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


The 5-day course is £195 payable in advance.
Sibling price £160

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

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 15 in each age group, so book early!

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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.

In the afternoon each age group is divided into two smaller groups. Each group then devises a short story told in just 5 shots. We call this a Flash Film. You have just two and a half hours to write, cast and rehearse your Flash Film.


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. (Please note this is not the mailing address for the Film Academy).

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.