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Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the most famous films in the world have been produced at Elstree Studios; the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Superman, The Shining and Labyrinth to name just a few from an endless list. Most recently, Elstree has been home to The Danish Girl, Suffragettes, The King's Speech, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, World War Z, The World’s End and Paddington Bear.

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Make a film in 5 days - Elstree 2023



31st-4th Aug




In Elstree film studios camps, each student writes, shoots, directs, produces a short film within a small group.  The camps focus on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the participants to shoot a short film in 5 days. It is very “hands on”.


Students will learn to take a story from initial idea, through treatment and step outline, to a finished script for their final film.  Story structure, plot outline, character development, tension, conflict building and resolution will be explored as they are used in filmmaking.


Students shoot on digital HD cameras and equipment used during the week includes, but is not limited to  Tripods,  Boom Poles, Wireless Mics, Stedicam etc,* and play each of the working roles in a short TV/film production. At the end of the 5 day course, students will have produced a short film which they take away as a digital file.


Students will be introduced to the language and practice of filmmaking. They will discuss shooting plans for their film.  Students will find that directing the camera concerns more than just where to place the camera.  Through hands-on demonstrations, they will learn how camera movement, visual arrangement and editing patterns not only depict the action but also express the underlying drama. Each student plays all the different roles on the crew when they are not acting in their own scenes.  


The final day will include a edit workshop showing the students some quick tips and tricks they can use at home.  The film will be sent via email which can then be downloaded at home as soon as it is ready.

Students will complete a number of practical projects to test the new skills they have acquired. These skills include

Production planning

Story boarding





Script writing


Students need to bring a packed lunch (please avoid any foods with nuts).

All camp tutors and assistants are DBS checked

Payments taken through PayPal secure payment site.  You do not need to have a PayPal account and can use all major Credit/Debit Cards to pay.

Payment can be also be sent via Bacs.

Details upon request.  

Shenley Road 
WD6 1JG, UK 

By Rail 
Fast service from central London (Farringdon and Kings Cross) to Elstree and Borehamwood Station. 

By Road 
Nearby links with  motorways, M1 (junction 6A), M25 (junction 23) A1 (1 mile)

*Equipment varies from site to site and availability can change subject to repairs.

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