The eBook format allows you to train by yourself or with friends, colleagues or family members. Each eBook covers a specific subject. This is presented to you by Ian Ingram Young, a trainer of many years experience, in an easy to understand way with plenty of visual examples of the concepts being discussed. You can choose to complete the whole course or just buy the eBooks you feel you need.
The Film Academy, the online division of Academy of Photogenic Arts, brings you its Do It Yourself Film Course, a series of eBooks which give you an in depth industry based training course suitable for many applications ranging from getting a job in the film and television industry, making films for festivals, producing films for your business, to making films that everyone will enjoy watching purely for pleasure.
We have a FREE eBook for you called ‘A New Approach to Training - An Insight'. In it you can view a selection of movie clips taken from the first few books which will give you a good idea of Ian's training style and also how the course works.
As the "Making it Work for You" section of our website explains, our DIY Film Course is designed to suit the needs of a wide variety of trainees and once you have gone through that section you will know where you fit into the picture and what you can expect to get out of our course.
Our Do It Yourself Film Course Level 1 has been divided into seven books. The first four cover topics that enable you to get to know and use your equipment because you can't make a film without having these technical skills available to you. Each book is divided into a number of sections. For example, the first book deals with The Lens and Its Image and it is made up of five sections covering focal length, aperture, focus, depth of field and the macro and back focus.
The eBooks contain a mix of text, movie clips, animations, photos, graphics, diagrams, interactive galleries and a number of check lists.
It's a good idea to go right through each eBook initially to get an overall picture of the content, and then to go through it again section by section, stopping, starting, repeating, checking, and wherever you can, practising the demonstrations and examples with your own equipment.
We hope that as technology develops it wont be too long before our Do It Yourself Film Course will become available on other distribution platforms. Watch our Production Diary for details.
Since film making is such a practical subject, probably one of the first questions you will want answered is how our Do It Yourself Film Course overcomes the potential problem of not being a face to face course where students have access to tutors, film and video equipment and other students.
Although you are not in a face to face situation, you do have your own industry mentor, Ian Ingram Young, Principal of APA International Film School, who has had over 30 years of experience training students for the film and television industry. He has designed many government accredited courses and training programmes and with his latest Do It Yourself Film Course he has made sure that the training is very detailed with easy to understand explanations in both video and text form.
When discussing equipment there are many examples that illustrate the subject being discussed which you will find really helpful, plus there are lots of video close ups of the relevant part of the equipment in question, making sure that it's easy to identify even the smallest part and relate it to your own equipment.
You don't need much equipment to get started and if you haven't got any gear yourself, you most probably know someone who has. The training is very generic so this means that you can adapt the knowledge to whatever equipment you have to use. For example, the training will be relevant whether you have an old analogue 4" x 3" camera that you picked up for a few dollars, a small camcorder or the most modern up to date HD digital camera. The same goes for lighting, sound and grips equipment as you will see as the Do It Yourself Film Course unfolds.
Next what about a crew? This sounds as if we are expecting that you want to be the Director ! Well, from APA International Film School's experience 80-90% of people who enrol in a film course initially do want to be a director. If this is not the case with you, then we're sure you'll find someone who would love to direct.
There are thousands of people who are interested in making films who would love to attend a film school, but either don't have the money or don't have the time. I'm sure you know some. The world abounds with potential crew. We want you to search them out. The beauty of the DIY Film Course is that you can share it with friends, colleagues or even family members. They are your potential crew and if they show interest and follow the DIY Film Course with you, you will be amazed at how skilled they will become.
Invite friends, colleagues and family members to join you as you go through the DIY Film Course.
Make a note of the equipment discussed in the eBooks and list all the equipment you, or if possible, your friends, family and colleagues have collectively so that you can arrange to use it. If you are training together, on the second time you go through the eBook, ask everyone to bring along any equipment that is relevant and go through each movie clip as many times as you need to become familiar with the equipment and/or the process.
No knowledge is assumed, it's step by step all the way with easy to understand explanations of how everything works, how the equipment should be used and what everything means. There are tips on how to make up your own pieces of equipment. Pitfalls are also pointed out. Years of experience training film students means that Ian knows the most common mistakes and misunderstandings that film students make. This can save you money and sometimes embarrassing moments.
Finally, in a nutshell, How the Course Works is by you and your colleagues putting into practice what you have learned from the Course.
Have fun and make great films.