Documentary film making constitutes a rich tradition of communication on a wide variety of subjects and is an excellent platform upon which to practice making film, as there are less expenses involved with the process than in using sets and actors, scripts and special lighting etc. Students on this BTEC accredited course can cover two set units and will continuously study the work of past and present documentary film-makers to understand what elements make an effective film. You are strongly advised to join both courses as this will give a better opportunity for the acquisition of vocational skillsStudents will learn how to use video camcorders with skill, use lighting effectively and record sound. During the first course you will work on pre-production such as ideas generating, creating storyboards, funding issues, interviewing techniques. This method of working reflects professional practice and will enhance your opportunities for vocational progression. Students will be expected to plan, rationalise and execute their films to a high standard. In the second course which is at a higher level (see below), there will be more emphasis on production and editing using Final Cut Pro: a professional post-production editing package now recognised as industry-standard. Students wishing to join the first course would benefit from some computer skills. Students wanting to join the second would have to bring to interview evidence that they can use Final Cut Pro to a good standard, and use a camcorder with some skill. However, energy an interest in the subject, committment and ideas are essential. This course is taught using Apple Macs. Students interested in this course may also be interested in our 'Production Suite' courses in November, and Motion Graphics which begins in January. See listings for details.