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The Young Filmmaker Summer Experience

Ages 15-18 London OR Live Online

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Overview

The Young Filmmaker Summer Experience gives students aged 15-18 a 360-degree, fully immersive experience of working as a filmmaker in London.

Over the course of 15 days, students aged 15-18 will have some of the most prestigious experiences of filmmaking that one can imagine: planning, directing, filming and editing your first original film scene; using professional industry-standard equipment on the sets of some of the biggest blockbuster films shot in the UK; having your work featured in an exclusive film festival attended by professional directors.

Also available on the Summer Experience are immersive visits to iconic film sets, including backdrops used in James Bond movies, The British Film Institute and the National Film and Television School.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator on your university application form and set you up for a future as a successful filmmaker.

Highlights


Immersive Filmmaking Experiences:

  • Planning, directing, filming and editing your first original film scene using high-level software and professional actors
  • Creating your own stories and turning them into box-office screenplays, using professional script-writing software 
  • Using professional industry-standard equipment on the sets of some of the biggest blockbuster films shot in the UK
  • Delving into the 21st century’s most innovative filmmaking techniques through an exploration of animation, visual-effects, sound composition, costume design and more
  • Visits to iconic film sets, including backdrops used in James Bond movies, to explore the use of backdrop for creative cinematic effect
  • Have your work featured in an exclusive film festival and have professional directors critique your work
  • Private networking session with top London filmmakers at The British Film Institute (BFI)

Top Filmmakers from a Variety of Specialties:

  • Be coached through the immersive experiences with filmmakers involved in world-renowned films specialising in directing, producing, sound engineering, visual effects, editing and more
  • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future career

Personalised Career Coaching:

  • Bespoke career coaching: receive training on how to land the most desirable jobs in filmmaking and a dynamic, personalised development plan to reach the height of your career ambitions
  • Securing a place at a top film school: work alongside Admissions Officers from the UK’s leading universities to map out your further education and degree choices, extra-curricular activities, and work experience; and receive expert coaching on the art of designing eye-catching portfolios
  • Excelling at film school: take part in a private tour of the National Film and Television School, attend a thought-provoking lecture; discuss your insights with likeminded individuals; and network with leading academics
  • Master the recruitment process: crack the code to the perfect portfolio with industry recruitment experts and hear from senior hiring managers on what they are looking for in candidate applications, interviews and assessment centres

    Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

    • Attending the Experience demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, public speaking and problem solving, which are highly-valued by top universities
    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.

    World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

    • Experience two of the best universities on the planet: Oxford and University College London (UCL).
    • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the internship, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

    Design Your Own Internship:

    • Choose to attend the 15-Day, 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience. You can also opt to attend this Summer Experience "Live Online" choosing between the 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.
    • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at University of London’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation. 

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required; our professionals will give you all the training you need. There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis so encourage you to register as soon as possible.

    The experience will begin on 22nd July 2022. You can choose either the 15-Day Experience, 10-Day Experience or 5-Day Experience.

    The Live Online Summer Experience will begin on 12th August 2022. You can choose either 10-Day or 5-Day Summer Experience.

    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.

    *Locations only apply to the In-Person Summer Experience. For the Live Online Summer Experience, all sessions where locations are specified will take place virtually.

    Internship Name In-Person 5-Day Summer Experience In-Person 10-Day Summer Experience In-Person 15-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 5-Day Summer Experience 'Live Online' 10-Day Summer Experience
    Length Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-15 Days 1-5 Days 1-10
    Plan, direct, film and edit your first original film scene using high-level software and professional actors
    Use professional industry-standard equipment on the sets of some of the biggest blockbuster films shot in the UK
    An exploration of innovative filmmaking techniques in animation, visual-effects, sound composition, costume design and more
    Visits to iconic film sets, including backdrops used in James Bond movies
    Have your work featured in an exclusive film festival attended by professional directors
    Private networking session at BFI with top filmmakers
    Coaching on mastering every aspect of the recruitment process for the best jobs in filmmaking
    Personalised career coaching: receive a dynamic, bespoke development plan to help you reach the height of your career ambitions
    Training on securing a place to study at a top film school
    Summer Experience (without accommodation or meals)
    £1350

    £2600

    £3750

    £595

    £995
    Additional price for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included
    £600

    £1350

    £2100

    n/a

    n/a
    Additional Price for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
    £100

    £100

    £100

    n/a

    n/a

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    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 – COLLABORATIVE CREATIVITY: PLANNING AND SHOOTING A MUSIC VIDEO

    DAY 7 – VISIONARY VISUALS

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    DAY 9 – YOUNG FILMMAKERS ON TOUR: THE CAPITAL OF FILM

    DAY 10 – PROJECT REVIEW AND SUMMER EXPERIENCE FILM FESTIVAL

    DAY 11 – CAREERMAX

    DAY 12 – ENTER FILM SCHOOL

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: FILMMAKING UNDER PRESSURE

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE

    2:00pmStart

    Over the next five days, you will create an original short film after being guided through the entire pre-production, production and post-production processes by experienced professionals from the world of film. This will involve crafting a standout story in a professional writers’ room, storyboarding and filming your own movie scenes, transforming your footage in the editing process, and delving deeper into the 21st century’s most innovative filmmaking techniques. In addition, you will develop your creative intelligence through a series of interactive activities and simulations, as well as beginning to build the skills necessary to thrive in the contemporary film industry.

    AfternoonThe Summer Experience Begins

    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top filmmaker
    - Keynote speech by the programme director: discover what the Summer Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial skills for the Summer Experience ahead, including creativity, teamwork and story formation
    - Unpick your favourite films and television series with an industry expert: what is it that makes these so successful?
    - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow students – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can act as powerful contacts for your future career in film

    6:00pmClose

    DAY 2 – ENTER THE WRITERS’ ROOM: PRE-PRODUCTION

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe World of Filmmaking: Crafting the Story

    Embark upon your role as a young filmmak- The global world of filmmaking and its many opportunities
    - The demands, expectations and personnel involved in filmmaking: directors, producers, editors, technicians, scriptwriters, sound designers, and many more
    - How to understand themes and genres: expert advice from scriptwriters on how to craft an extraordinary story that the world will want to see on screen
    - Work collaboratively with fellow young filmmakers to develop the concept for your storyer and discover what it means to work in film today.

    AfternoonFrom 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

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 3 – ENTER THE FILM SET: PRODUCTION ON LOCATION

    MorningYour Movie Scene: Part I (Producing and Directing)

    Over the course of the day, you will use your in-depth understanding of the role of producers and directors to shoot your original film on location.

    - The role of a producer: making your film happen, securing high-profile locations, building your dream team, planning and budgeting your film, and understanding the business of film
    - Step into the shoes of a director: adapt a professional filmset, used by the British film and television industry, to fulfil your unique creative vision
    - Choose the right shots, angles and lighting, as well as making crucial decisions on set design, lighting, sound, costume, make up and props
    - Live directing simulation: coach multiple professional actors through a powerful scene on a state-of-the-art film set and tailor your advice to the performance in front of you

    AfternoonYour Movie Scene: Part II (Storyboarding and Filming)

    - Turn your first movie scene from storyboards to screen using industry grade equipment and make thoughtful creative decisions to maximum effect: location, shot choices, angles, lighting, sound and more
    - Film your own movie by fully utilising the exclusive location and receive direction from experienced, professional filmmakers
    - Follow 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
    - Live production panel Q&A with filmmakers whose backgrounds include directing, producing, scriptwriting and more

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 4 – ENTER THE EDITING SUITE: POST-PRODUCTION

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe Power of Editing: A Professional Masterclass

    Step into the editing studio, learning the techniques of professionals and applying them to your own creative vision.

    - Convey the mood of a film through powerful editing techniques, alternating shots, cuts and transitions
    - Turn your flat footage into a masterpiece of mood-based colour and sound: the power of colour grading, sound, composition and foley artistry
    - Transform your raw footage into a scene suitable for a slick motion picture
    - Witness the live demonstration of a film scene being edited by a professional in a state-of-the-art editing studio

    AfternoonYour Movie Scene: Part III (Editing, Screening and Pitching)

    - Edit and finalise your scene by selecting the footage, sound, transition, speed and cuts, with professional editors on-hand to guide you through and give you live feedback
    - Attend a series of live screenings of the film scenes you have created over the four days and receive constructive feedback from professional filmmakers and your peers
    - Discover the criteria used by professional film critics and apply this framework to your own creative projects as you embark upon your future career
    - Pitch your unique Summer Experience project to world-leading film festival executives

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 5 – ENTER THE DIGITAL LAB: VISUAL EFFECTS & SOUND

    10:00amStart

    MorningDesigning and Transforming Visions

    Your place in film: figure out where your unique skills and interests can take you and discover the enormous variety of exciting roles within the filmmaking process.

    - Designing visions: immerse yourself into the world of set, costume and colour design, creating your own cinematic vision by using a mixture of homemade materials and professional equipment
    - Transforming visions: appreciate how music and sound can be used to enhance and transform dramatic scenarios, recording your own sound effects to embellish your cinematic vision
    - How much does cost really matter? Unpick the commonly held notion that the most expensive equipment is usually the best equipment, comparing a range of post-production tools and software
    - Receive live feedback from experts and participate in a live Q&A with filmmakers focusing on post-production, special effects, visual effects (VFX) and sound

    AfternoonCareer Coaching: How to Become a Successful Filmmaker

    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Subject choices at A-level/IB/university and more
    - Securing work experience, designing impactful CVs/resumes/portfolios and powerful interview techniques
    - How to write a film-specific cover letter
    - Coaching from experienced filmmakers on what you can do now to stand out in the future

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 6 – COLLABORATIVE CREATIVITY: PLANNING AND SHOOTING A MUSIC VIDEO

    10:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will move beyond your original short and step into the excitement of the wider film industry. This will involve working collaboratively to shoot a music video following a specific creative vision, delving deeper into CGI and animation, understanding how a film is marketed and how this impacts its artistic reception, and exploring the global capital of film. You will continue to apply your burgeoning creative intelligence to a broader understanding of the film industry, through a series of interactive simulations and activities.

    Morning‘From Concept to Camera’: Create a Collaborative Vision

    Translate your developing filmmaking skills onto an exciting and different medium, as you are hired to shoot a music video for a killer track.

    - Work collaboratively with your peers in order to make crucial artistic decisions, including which song you would like to form the centrepiece of the video and the overall visual aesthetic you will be pursuing
    - Brainstorm session: which themes from the song will be reflected in your music video and what is the cohesive story which you will be attempting to impart upon your audience?
    - Write up your shooting schedule: plan out a comprehensive storyboard and shot list, deciding upon the precise timings for filming and editing your music video in the afternoon
    - Create opportunity out of your limitations by effectively using the equipment, props, materials, actors, costumes, lighting, and locations available to you

    Afternoon‘From Shot to Screen’: Finalise and Premiere your Music Video

    - Turn your storyboard into polished shots, working as a team and assigning roles and responsibilities in order to realise your creative vision
    - Focus upon cuts, transitions, copy, sound, and colour in order to transform your raw footage into an industry-standard music video
    - Premiere your finalised video to industry professionals and present the reasoning behind each of your team’s creative decisions
    - Receive live feedback from experts and take on board their advice in preparation for marketing your music video

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 7 – VISIONARY VISUALS

    10:00amStart

    MorningEnter the Motion Capture Studio

    Generating the Green Screen: a detailed introduction to motion capture and how it has been applied to elevate the filmmaking process.

    - A behind-the-scenes glimpse at how motion capture and CGI have been effectively used in your favourite blockbuster films
    - Experience first-hand the mocap process: from high-precision real-time motion capture to data binding and repair
    - Blur the lines between animation and reality: how motion capture and chroma keying can be integrated into every aspect of filmmaking
    - Bring motion capture technology into your own home: visual effects, creative experimentation, and the future of the film and television industries

    AfternoonEnter the Animation Studio

    World-Building from the Inside Out: work collaboratively with your team to develop a three-shot animated film.

    - Collaborate with artists to create a 3-shot storyboard for your animated short
    - Bring your story to life: draw each of the scenes, maintain continuity and design your visual blueprint
    - From sketch to screen: employ the use of state-of-the-art technology to translate your artistic vision into a cohesive sequence
    - Showcase your animations and gain step-by-step advice from industry experts

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 8 – MASTER THE ART OF MARKETING

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe World of Marketing

    Understand the central importance of marketing to the world of film, in terms of both finding an audience and the ways in which creative content can be consumed.

    - Marketing is one of the most powerful forces in business: uncover the key frameworks and techniques used to win the hearts and minds of consumers
    - The psychology of marketing: product, place, price, promotion, people, positioning and packaging
    - An ever-changing landscape: discover the rise of digital marketing and where creativity meets analytics
    - Hear from expert marketeers with experience in a variety of industries on what they have found to be the most successful pathway to scalability

    AfternoonThe Film Launch

    - Race against time: work with marketing consultants to develop your short-, medium- and long-term strategies within a given budget
    - Know your audience: how your inclusive marketing strategy can make an impact on the diversity of consumers
    - Create eye-catching visuals, storyboard your advertising campaign, and collaborate to produce a cohesive vision for your film
    - Pitch your bespoke campaign to a team of marketing professionals and receive live feedback

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 9 – YOUNG FILMMAKERS ON TOUR: THE CAPITAL OF FILM

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe Capital of Film: A Walking Tour

    Embark upon a guided tour of London, discovering at each stage why it has been dubbed ‘The Capital of Film’.

    - 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 impactful shots from Batman: The Dark Knight, Gladiator and Inception
    - Understand how London became a first-class location for the global film industry
    - Tour a world-renowned film studio, the site of numerous blockbusters and TV shows, discovering first-hand how it has been used within the filmmaking process

    AfternoonThe Capital of Film

    - Visit some of London’s most famous landmarks and uncover their relationship to the global film industry
    - Explore a stunning cinematic landscape which has been used in multiple Hollywood films
    - Question the use of location for dramatic effect: how can London’s unique buildings and scenery be re-purposed for both period films and modern works?
    - Attend an exclusive screening of an award-winning film and discuss the artistic decision-making process with top industry professionals

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 10 – PROJECT REVIEW AND SUMMER EXPERIENCE FILM FESTIVAL

    10:00amStart

    MorningThe Young Filmmaker Festival

    From Short to Silver Screen: spend the morning as a world-famous director, as you compete for awards at our exclusive film festival.

    - Watch a selection of films from the Summer Experience and question the creative choices employed by the burgeoning young filmmakers behind them
    - Get out the popcorn: experience your own work being screened in real-life cinema
    - Critically reflect upon what you have seen on the screen and use this as a frame of reference for your later career
    - Compete against your peers for top prizes at the festival awards ceremony

    AfternoonPrivate Networking Event

    - Take part in a private networking session with top professionals from the world of film
    - Put your newfound knowledge to the test
    - Have your burning questions answered by those in the know
    - Receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 11 – CAREERMAX

    10:30amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job in film: i) securing a place at a top-tier film school ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in film post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in the film industry.

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonFilm School Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next.

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university and film school admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice film school or university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK film schools and universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 12 – ENTER FILM SCHOOL

    10:30amStart

    MorningWelcome to Film School!

    Congratulations! You have been accepted into your first-choice film school – it’s time to start preparing.

    - Campus tour: private tour of the National Film and Television School (NFTS) led by students, who will guide you through the abundant opportunities available to you there
    - Academic lecture: meet experienced professionals teaching the fundamentals of filmmaking and experience a film school-style class from one of their most popular film courses
    - Meet the NFTS team: attend an exclusive networking lunch with students and alumni

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The film seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the themes raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your own creative interpretations
    - The practical project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a practical film-related task
    - The group presentation: present your team’s creative vision and technical prowess to your peers and assessors
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    DAY 13 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    10:30amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after film school.

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your future career in film
    - How to properly value yourself as a creative: financial good-practice, union representation and freelance work
    - Killer portfolios: crack the code to the perfect portfolio with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers from the film industry on what they are looking for in standout candidates
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at a major film studio as you screen a set of graduate portfolios and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout portfolio and you have now been invited to interview for the role.

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 14 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: FILMMAKING UNDER PRESSURE

    10:30amStart

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a major film studio and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre.

    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Skills tests: experience a series of skills tests that will gauge your artistic and creative abilities and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonWorking as a Team

    - The task: experience a real-life, time-pressured filmmaking scenario, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during interactive group activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership
    - The reflective interview: receive feedback on your performance and improve your ability to work constructively with others

    5:00pmClose

    DAY 15 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    10:30amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 14 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    1:00pmClose

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE WORLD OF FILMMAKING

    DAY 2 – ENTER THE WRITERS’ ROOM: PRE-PRODUCTION

    DAY 3 - ENTER THE FILM SET: PRODUCTION

    DAY 4 – ENTER THE EDITING SUITE: POST-PRODUCTION

    DAY 5 – ENTER THE DIGITAL LAB: VISUAL EFFECTS & SOUND

    DAY 6 – CAREERMAX

    DAY 7 – ENTER FILM SCHOOL

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    DAY 1 – ENTER THE WORLD OF FILMMAKING

    11:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will create an original short film after being guided through the entire pre-production, production and post-production processes by experienced professionals from the world of film. This will involve crafting a standout story using professional script-writing software, storyboarding and filming your own movie scenes, transforming your footage in the editing process, and delving deeper into the 21st century’s most innovative filmmaking techniques. In addition, you will develop your creative intelligence through a series of interactive activities and simulations, as well as beginning to build the skills necessary to thrive in the contemporary film industry.

    MorningThe Summer Experience Begins

    - Your journey starts here: step into the shoes of a top filmmaker
    - Keynote speech by the programme director: discover what the Summer Experience has in store and how to make the most of this unique experience
    - Immersive group activities: develop crucial skills for the Summer Experience ahead, including creativity, teamwork and story formation
    - Unpick your favourite films and television series with an industry expert: what is it that makes these so successful?
    - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow students – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can act as powerful contacts for your future career in film

    AfternoonThe World of Filmmaking: Crafting the Story

    - The global world of filmmaking and its many opportunities
    - The demands, expectations and personnel involved in filmmaking: directors, producers, editors, technicians, scriptwriters, sound designers, and many more
    - How to understand themes and genres: expert advice from scriptwriters on how to craft an extraordinary story that the world will want to see on screen
    - Work collaboratively with fellow young filmmakers to develop the concept for your story

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 2 – ENTER THE WRITERS’ ROOM: PRE-PRODUCTION

    11:00amStart

    MorningFrom Story to Screenplay

    Over the course of the day, you will learn how to take your creative vision from 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

    AfternoonYour Movie Scene: Part I (Producing and Directing)

    - The role of a producer: making your film happen, securing high-profile locations, building your dream team, planning and budgeting your film, and understanding the business of film
    - Step into the shoes of a director: adapt a professional filmset, used by the British film and television industry, to fulfil your unique creative vision
    - Choose the right shots, angles and lighting, as well as making crucial decisions on set design, lighting, sound, costume, make up and props
    - Live directing simulation: coach multiple professional actors through a powerful scene on a state-of-the-art film set and tailor your advice to the performance in front of you

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 3 - ENTER THE FILM SET: PRODUCTION

    11:00amStart

    MorningYour Movie Scene: Part II (Storyboarding)

    Today you storyboard and film your own movie under the guidance of experienced professionals.

    - Turn your first movie scene from storyboards to screen, working as a team and assigning roles and responsibilities in order to realise your creative vision
    - Make thoughtful creative decisions to maximum effect
    - Consider location, shot choices, angles, lighting, sound and more
    - Guidance from experts in the know on how to bring your vision to life

    AfternoonYour Movie Scene: Part II (Filming)

    - Film your own movie scene and receive direction from experienced, professional filmmakers
    - Follow 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
    - Live production panel Q&A with filmmakers whose backgrounds include directing, producing, scriptwriting and more

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 4 – ENTER THE EDITING SUITE: POST-PRODUCTION

    11:00amStart

    MorningThe Power of Editing: A Professional Masterclass

    Step into the editing studio, learning the techniques of professionals and applying them to your own creative vision.

    - Convey the mood of a film through powerful editing techniques, alternating shots, cuts and transitions
    - Turn your flat footage into a masterpiece of mood-based colour and sound: the power of colour grading, sound, composition and foley artistry
    - Transform your raw footage into a scene suitable for a slick motion picture
    - Witness the live demonstration of a film scene being edited by a professional in a state-of-the-art editing studio

    AfternoonYour Movie Scene: Part III (Editing, Screening and Pitching)

    - Edit and finalise your scene by selecting the footage, sound, transition, speed and cuts, with professional editors on-hand to guide you through and give you live feedback
    - Attend a series of live screenings of the film scenes you have created over the four days and receive constructive feedback from professional filmmakers and your peers
    - Discover the criteria used by professional film critics and apply this framework to your own creative projects as you embark upon your future career
    - Pitch your unique Summer Experience project to world-leading film festival executives

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 5 – ENTER THE DIGITAL LAB: VISUAL EFFECTS & SOUND

    11:00amStart

    MorningDesigning and Transforming Visions

    Your place in film: figure out where your unique skills and interests can take you and discover the enormous variety of exciting roles within the filmmaking process

    - Designing visions: immerse yourself into the world of set, costume and colour design, creating your own cinematic vision by using a mixture of homemade materials and professional equipment
    - Transforming visions: appreciate how music and sound can be used to enhance and transform dramatic scenarios, recording your own sound effects to embellish your cinematic vision
    - How much does cost really matter? Unpick the commonly held notion that the most expensive equipment is usually the best equipment, comparing a range of post-production tools and software
    - Receive live feedback from experts and participate in a live Q&A with filmmakers focusing on post-production, special effects, visual effects (VFX) and sound

    AfternoonCareer Coaching and Private Networking Event

    - Take part in a private networking session with top professionals from the world of film
    - Your path to success: understanding the key decisions ahead and how to maximise your chances of success
    - Coaching from experienced filmmakers on what you can do now to stand out in the future
    - Have your burning questions answered and receive valuable advice from experts in the field

    DAY 6 – CAREERMAX

    11:00amStart

    Over the next five days, you will receive personalised coaching on how to succeed in each of the major milestones on the road to landing your dream job in film: i) securing a place at a top-tier film school ii) excelling in your studies iii) mastering every aspect of the recruitment process and procuring a top job in film post-university. In addition, you will receive inspirational coaching on key employability skills from high-profile figures including politicians and Olympic athletes.

    MorningEnter CareerMax

    Your future starts now: discover the essential skills needed to thrive in the film industry.

    - Personal development plan: work with a careers expert in small focus groups to plan the next steps in your journey
    - ‘Big results require big ambitions’: hear from a world-class Olympic athlete on the importance of being a self-starting, ambitious individual in today’s increasingly competitive climate
    - ‘The art of communication is the language of leadership’: hear from a high-ranking politician on how best to improve your communication skills and captivate a large audience

    AfternoonFilm School Applications

    You’re in your final year of school and it is time to start thinking about what comes next.

    - Inside UCAS: an interactive session with a university and film school admissions expert, with guidance on how to ace your applications and bag your first-choice film school or university
    - University and degree choices: making the right decisions to maximise your career potential
    - Eye-catching extracurriculars: using extracurricular activities to boost your application
    - Personal statement workshop: expert coaching on the art of personal statement writing
    - Interview training: a masterclass with senior admissions tutors from top UK film schools and universities
    - You become the admissions officer: step into the shoes of a university admissions tutor; review a collection of portfolios and interview prospective students for a place at a world-renowned creative institution

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 7 – ENTER FILM SCHOOL

    11:00amStart

    MorningWelcome to Film School!

    Congratulations! You have been accepted into your first-choice film school – it’s time to start preparing.

    - Film school life: experience a day in the life of a film school student and be guided through the array of opportunities available to you there
    - Student forum: attend an exclusive networking session with students from a range of film schools and have all your burning questions answered
    - Academic lecture: meet experienced professionals teaching the fundamentals of filmmaking and experience a film school-style class from one of their most popular film courses

    AfternoonStep into the Shoes of a Student

    - The film seminar: discuss the contents of the morning lecture in a seminar group led by an academic, reflect on the themes raised with likeminded individuals and begin to generate your own creative interpretations
    - The practical project: work effectively as part of a team to research and plan for a practical film-related task
    - The group presentation: present your team’s creative vision and technical prowess to your peers and assessors
    - The feedback: receive feedback on your presentation and reflect on your team’s performance

    DAY 8 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: APPLICATIONS & INTERVIEWS

    11:00amStart

    MorningGraduate Applications

    You’re in your final year of study and it is time to start thinking about life after film school.

    - Standout work experience: learn the importance of securing relevant work experience and the impetus it can add to your future career in film
    - How to properly value yourself as a creative: financial good-practice, union representation and freelance work
    - Killer portfolios: crack the code to the perfect portfolio with industry recruitment experts and hear from hiring managers from the film industry on what they are looking for in standout candidates
    - You become the hiring manager: step into the shoes of a senior hiring manager working at a major film studio as you screen a set of graduate portfolios and select which candidates you would like to interview

    AfternoonGraduate Interviews

    The graduate recruiter was impressed by your knockout portfolio and you have now been invited to interview for the role.

    - Interview workshop: receive bespoke public speaking training on how best to articulate yourself during high-pressure, professional situations such as interviews and presentations
    - You become the graduate interviewer: interview candidates for a graduate role alongside senior recruitment managers and put them through their paces with a series of challenging scenario-based questions
    - Reflection: return to your focus groups and review the goals you set for InvestIN’s CareerMax week. What have you achieved so far? What would you like to work on over the final two days? What questions do you need answering?

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 9 – GRADUATE RECRUITMENT: ASSESSMENT CENTRES

    11:00amStart

    MorningEnter the Assessment Centre

    Congratulations! You have nailed the initial interview for a graduate role at a major film studio and are among the top-ranked candidates invited to the final stage assessment centre.

    - Graduate assessments: discover the different types of activities you will be faced with during an assessment centre and the core competencies that recruiters are looking for
    - Skills tests: experience a series of skills tests that will gauge your artistic and creative abilities and receive feedback on your performance
    - In tray exercise: tackle a series of challenging in tray exercises and impress your prospective employer with your calm and organised approach to work

    AfternoonWorking as a Team

    - The task: experience a real-life, time-pressured filmmaking scenario, meet your team and establish members’ individual strengths and areas of expertise
    - Group discussion: master the art of managing discussions during interactive group activities as you collaborate with your team and evaluate one another’s contributions
    - Key skills: manage your time effectively and wow the assessors with your outstanding approach to teamwork and leadership

    4:30pmClose

    DAY 10 – PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: YOUR NEXT STEPS

    11:00amStart

    MorningPersonal Development Plan

    - Personalised feedback: receive a bespoke summary of your performance during the day 9 assessment centre, including your strengths and areas for development
    - Group reflection: return to your focus groups and reflect on what you have achieved throughout InvestIN’s CareerMax week
    - Personal development plan: work with a recruitment expert to establish your next steps and create your very own personal development plan

    AfternoonProject Launchpad

    - Take off into your future: choose between five bespoke challenges designed to develop core skills in filmmaking, building on your time with InvestIN and taking crucial steps on your path to becoming a top filmmaker
    - The project launchpad competition: take on your peers in order to win an exclusive prize, attend an awards ceremony in central London and embellish your CV with a standout extra-curricular experience
    - Farewell speech: a review of what you have gained from the Summer Experience, with closing remarks from the programme director

    4:30pmClose

    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    22nd July - 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

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    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    22nd July - 5th August 2022

    UCL, University of Oxford, and other locations

    Accommodation Location

    Garden Halls (University of London)
    London, WC1H 9EN

    OR 

    College Hall (University of London)
    London, WC1E 7HZ

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    Online

    12th August - 21st August 2022

    11am - 4:00pm (UK time)

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    AmbitionX

    As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

    COVID-19 Group

    We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

    In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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