The Young Filmmaker Summer Internship

The Young Filmmaker Summer Internship

London Ages 15-18 Timezone: GMT+1

In Person Date Only
23rd July - 1st August 2021

Starts at 2.00pm

Starts at 2.00pm

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Internship Overview

The Young Filmmaker Summer Internship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring filmmakers aged 15-18 to work alongside top professionals and gain hands-on experience of the entire filmmaking process on real movie sets in London for 10 days.

Over the course of the Internship, you will be working on Hollywood-grade film sets, in industry level editing suites and recreating the biggest blockbusters London has seen. Working collaboratively with directors, actors, producers, editors, animators, composers, and scriptwriters you will receive expert guidance throughout the pre-production, production, and post-production cycles.

You will gain a 360-degree experience of London’s vibrant filmmaking scene: you will direct a professional actor through a heart-breaking monologue, recreate Christopher Nolan’s biggest blockbusters on location, visit some of the most iconic film-sets in the United Kingdom including famous backdrops used in James Bond and the music videos of world-famous bands, and meet the burgeoning filmmakers who are busy shaping the future of the industry.

Throughout the Internship you will have the opportunity to network with our expert filmmakers, as well as young filmmakers from around the world, and ask them all your burning questions.

Join us for a truly unique experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator in your portfolios and set you up for a future as a successful filmmaker.

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Internship Highlights

Covid-19: We are proud to report that our Summer 2020 Internships did go ahead as planned in London, with strict social distancing measures in place. The feedback was outstanding, averaging 9.2 out of 10! 

You can therefore register with confidence. Full details of our Covid-19 policy are set out later on this page.


Immersive Experiences in Filmmaking:

  • Expert filmmakers will coach you through live, interactive experiences, including:
  • Using high-level equipment live on location in order to plan, direct, and film your first original movie scene
  • Working in a state-of-the-art studio to edit and touch up your original footage
  • Recreating Christopher Nolan’s biggest blockbusters on location
  • Finding your own stories and turning them into box-office screenplays, using professional script-writing software
  • Visiting iconic film sets, including backdrops used in James Bond movies
  • Have your work featured in our Internship film screening, master the techniques of film criticism, and pitch your own work to film festivals

    Meet Senior Professionals From the World of Film:

    • Be coached through immersive design experiences with filmmakers specialising in directing, script-writing, producing, editing, VFX, foley artistry and more
    • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

      Personalised Career Coaching:

      • Bespoke career coaching: you will work with leading experts to create a dynamic, personalised development plan to help you reach the height of your career ambitions. Identify your strengths, weaknesses and areas you need to develop further.
      • Training on how you can get into some of the most desirable jobs in filmmaking, starting now: A-level/IB, university and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques

      Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

      • Attending the Internship demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, creative direction, film editing and scriptwriting, all of which are highly valued by top employers within the industry
      • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your university and job applications

      World-Class Locations And World-Class People:

      • Experience some of London’s most iconic filming locations, and recreate scenes from blockbusters including The Dark Knight, Gladiator, and Inception.
      • Understand how London became a first-class location for the global film industry.
      • Visit a stunning and exclusive cinematic landscape, and discover first-hand how this can be used in the filmmaking process
      • Meet talented and ambitious students like yourself from all around the world – an excellent start to building your network. 

          Design Your Own Internship:

          • Choose to attend the Full Internship (10 days) or Half Internship (5 days) 
          • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at UCL’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation.

           

          Programme Fee, Format & Options

          The Internship will take place on: 23rd July – 1st August 2021

          You can choose either the Half Internship (5 days) or the Full Internship (10 days)

          Listed on the table below is a breakdown of the pricing options and what is included. Places are highly limited. The only way to guarantee your place is to click 'Register Now' and enter your details.

          In select circumstances, we can offer payment by instalments, which requires a 50% deposit. To speak to a Student Experience Manager about your personal circumstances please click here OR email us at info@investin.org OR call us on +44 (0) 203 488 5089.

          Highlights Half Internship Full Internship
          Days of Timetable Days 1-5 Days 1-10
          Using high-level equipment live on location in order to plan, direct, and film your first original movie scene
          Working in a state-of-the-art studio to edit and touch up your original footage
          Finding your own stories and turning them into box-office screenplays, using professional script-writing software
          An expert-led guided tour of a world-renowned film studio, the site of numerous blockbusters and TV shows
          Experience some of London’s most iconic filming locations and investigate the use of backdrop for creative cinematic effect
          Personalised career coaching: work with leading film recruitment experts to give yourself the edge to get the top jobs in film
          Price
          Internship (without accommodation or meals)
          £1350

          £2600
          Additional price for London accommodation on UCL’s campus with all meals and guardianship included
          £600

          £1350
          Additional price for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
          £100

          £100
          Timetable

          DAY 1: ENTER THE INTERNSHIP

          Day 2: Enter the Writers’ Room – Pre-Production

          Day 3: Enter the Film Set – Production on location

          Day 4: Enter the Editing Suite – Post-Production

          Day 5: Enter the Digital Lab - Visual Effects & Sound

          Day 6-8: Young Filmmakers on Tour

          Day 9: Personal Career Coaching

          Day 10: Internship Review

          DAY 1: ENTER THE INTERNSHIP

          2.00pmThe Internship Begins

          - Keynote speech by the Internship Director
          - Discover the global world of filmmaking and its many opportunities
          - Become the filmmaker: understand your role and expectations from the internship

          4.00pmUnlock Your Creativity

          - Get to know each other and network with other young filmmakers from around the world – you can use these contacts as collaborators throughout your future career
          - Unpick your favourite films and television series with an industry expert; what is it that makes these so successful?
          - Complete a quickfire interactive ‘ideas challenge’ and start thinking about how to apply your creative potential to the world of film
          - Get shooting: rapidly complete 3 shots which tell your story in a limited timeframe, with prizes for the most innovative work

          7.00pmClose

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          Day 2: Enter the Writers’ Room – Pre-Production

          11.00amThe World of Filmmaking

          - Your role as a young filmmaker What it means to work in film today
          - The team: directors, producers, editors, technicians, scriptwriters, and many more
          - The demands and expectations

          12.00pmCrafting the Story

          - Coaching from scriptwriters on how to craft an extraordinary story that the world will want to see on screen
          - Drawing inspiration from your surroundings and understanding which stories you want to tell
          - Understanding themes and genres
          - Work alongside fellow young filmmakers to develop the concept for your story

          1.15pmLunch Break

          2.00pmFrom Story to Screenplay

          - Flesh out your characters’ motivations, relationships, journeys, and relatability
          - Use professional script-writing software to write the script for your first film scene
          - The elevator pitch: 30 seconds to sell your story to film & TV developers
          - Receive live feedback from industry experts

          4.30pmClose

          Day 3: Enter the Film Set – Production on location

          11.00amThe Producer

          - Making your film happen and securing high-profile locations
          - Building your dream team
          - The business of film
          - Planning and budgeting

          11.45amYour Movie Scene: Part I (Directing)

          - The role of a director
          - Adapt a professional filmset, used by the British film and television industry, to your unique creative vision: set design, lighting, sound, costume, make up, and props
          - Choosing the right shots, angles, lighting and more
          - Directing simulation: coach a professional actor through a powerful monologue on a live film set

          1.30pmLunch Break

          2.00pmYour Movie Scene: Part II (Storyboarding)

          - Use everything that you’ve learnt to turn your first movie scene into storyboards
          - Make thoughtful creative decisions to maximum effect: locations, shot choices, angles, lighting, sound and more
          - Receive direction from experienced, professional filmmakers

          2.45pmYour Movie Scene: Part III (Filming)

          - Film your own movie fully utilising the exclusive location, following your individual creative direction
          - Put your videography skills to the test
          - Take the rules of filmmaking into your own hands and bring your story to life

          4.00pmPanel Q&A and Reflection – Production

          - Live Production Q&A with filmmakers whose backgrounds include directing, producing, scriptwriting and more
          - Your key questions answered
          - Receive valuable advice

          5.00pmClose

          Day 4: Enter the Editing Suite – Post-Production

          11.00amThe Power of Editing

          - Conveying the mood of a film through powerful editing techniques
          - Alternating shots, cuts, and transitions
          - Colour grading – turn your flat footage into a masterpiece of mood-based colour
          - Choosing the right soundtrack
          - The power of sound, composition, and foley artistry

          12.00pmEditing Masterclass

          - Transforming raw footage into a scene from a slick motion picture
          - Live demonstration of a film scene being edited by a professional in a state-of-the-art editing studio

          1.00pmLunch Break

          1.30pmYour Movie Scene: Part IV (Editing)

          - Edit and finalise your scene by selecting the footage, sound, transitions, speed, cuts and more
          - Editors on-hand to guide you through and give you live feedback

          3.30pmThe Film Screening and Film Festival Pitch

          - Live screenings of the film scenes you have created over the three days
          - Receive constructive feedback from filmmakers and peers
          - Discover the criteria used by professional film critics and apply this framework to your own creative projects
          - Pitch your internship project to world-leading film festivals

          5.00pmClose

          Day 5: Enter the Digital Lab - Visual Effects & Sound

          11.00amYour Place in Film

          - Figure out where your unique skills and interests can take you
          - Discover various exciting roles within the filmmaking process

          11.30amDesigning Visions

          - Immerse yourself into the world of set, costume, and colour design
          - Design your own cinematic vision by creatively using homemade materials, as well as professional equipment
          - Receive feedback on your use of both everyday and industry-standard materials for cinematic effect

          1.00pmLunch Break

          1.30pmIntroduction to Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation

          - Uncover the benefits of blending CGI with live-action filmmaking
          - Live demonstrations of video effects, animation, industry software, and techniques by editing and VFX experts

          2.30pmTransforming Visions

          - Appreciate how music and sound can be used to enhance and transform dramatic scenarios
          - Record your own sound effects to embellish your cinematic vision and receive live feedback from experts

          3.45pmPanel Q&A and Reflection – Post-Production, Special Effects & Sound

          - Live Q&A with expert filmmakers, focusing on Post-Production, Special Effects & Sound
          - Key questions answered
          - Receive valuable advice

          5.00pmClose

          Day 6-8: Young Filmmakers on Tour

          3 Full DaysOn-Location around England

          - Experience some of London’s most iconic filming locations and investigate the use of backdrop for creative cinematic effect
          - Put yourself into Christopher Nolan’s shoes and recreate iconic shots from Batman: The Dark Knight and Inception.
          - Understand how London became a first-class location for the global film industry
          - Cultural activities at some of London’s most famous landmarks
          - An expert-led guided tour of a world-renowned film studio, the site of numerous blockbusters and TV shows
          - Visit a stunning cinematic landscape and discover first-hand how this can be used within the filmmaking process; how can buildings and scenery be re-purposed for both period films and modern works?
          - How can props, make up, costume, and set design transform indoor and outdoor film sets?

          Day 9: Personal Career Coaching

          11.00amYour Journey into Film

          - Discover the current recruitment landscape in film
          - Identifying gaps in the industry and how you can fill them
          - Building the ultimate CV
          - How to write a film-specific Cover Letter

          12.30pmFilmmaking under Pressure

          - Perform an interactive group task
          - Experience a real-life, time-pressured filmmaking scenario
          - Receive feedback on your performance and ability to work constructively with others

          1.30pmLunch Break

          2.00pmPromoting Your Brand

          - Turning your experiences into selling-points
          - Promoting your own skills and interests
          - EDI within the film industry
          - How to properly value yourself: union representation and freelance work

          3.00pmNetworking & Building a Portfolio

          - Networking in the film industry
          - How to build a network of aspiring and experienced filmmakers and utilise that network to propel your career
          - Creating your own content now; building your portfolio and getting exposure
          - Receive feedback from industry experts and career coaches

          4.00pmFutures Forum

          - Ask questions and discuss filmmaking with talented young professionals

          5.00pmClose

          Day 10: Internship Review

          11.00amFinal Screening and Critical Reflection

          - A selection of films from the internship will be screened, with an opportunity to question the young filmmakers behind them
          - Critically reflect upon what you’ve seen on the screen and use this as a frame of reference for your later career

          12.30pmInternship Review

          - A review of what you have gained during the Internship
          - How to use this once-in-a-lifetime experience as a springboard for your future
          - Farewell speech by Internship Director

          2.00pmInterns Depart

          Venue & Dates

          University College London (UCL) and Other Set Locations

          23rd July - 1st August 2021

          Programme Location

          UCL and other set locations

          Accommodation Location

          Garden Halls (University of London)
          1 Cartwright Gardens
          King's Cross
          London
          WC1H 9EN

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          Who Can Attend

          The Internship is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career and start boosting their university/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

          You can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”.

          There is no application process. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are highly limited. We expect to be fully-booked for our 10 day Summer Internships several months in advance so advise you to register as soon as possible.

          No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.

          COVID-19

          Our Summer 2020 Internships in London went ahead as planned with strict social distancing measures in place. The feedback was outstanding, averaging 9.2 out of 10!


          We are therefore very confident that the 2021 Internships will be able to take place too. In the unlikely event that the Internship is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then you will receive a refund. 


          (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 


          You can view our Covid-19 risk mitigation measures policy document here. This will be constantly updated; we shall follow all government guidelines in place at the time of the Internship. 

          Testimonials

          We exist to give students a life-changing experience. We are proud to report that we have an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews. Our Google reviews can be read in full here, and some highlights are below.

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