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Female film maker using a camera to shoot film on a film set

DIY Filmmaking & Video Production

Method: Online + On-campus practical workshops + Virtual mentor sessions
Duration:  12 Weeks
Minimum entry requirement: Grade 10
Intakes: January & June
Accreditation: PAS Media Academy

R1,450.00 p/m for 4 months

Course Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to empower students with the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to create their own films and videos. The course focuses on understanding the language of film, the use of camera equipment and editing software, conceptualizing and planning a video production, and effectively telling a story through visual means. 


Course Duration

12 weeks (3 months) 


Course Format
Blended learning approach with online video lessons on the PASMA learning platform and contact workshops at the PASMA campus for each module. 


Face-to-face Practicals: 
Monthly practical contact workshops at PASMA’s flagship campus with experienced mentors.

Online theory: 

  • Virtual mentor classes with experienced mentors 

  • 4 hours of weekly video lessons

  • Home activities/projects.


*All contact workshops are streamed from the PASMA studios for learners that cannot be on-campus.

Curriculum Overview

Module 1: Understanding the Language of Film (Weeks 1-2)

  • Understanding the emotional impact of film on viewers

  • The role of filmmaking in culture and society

  • Developing your unique storytelling style

  • Setting personal and professional goals in film

Module 2: Camera Basics and Video Production Techniques (Weeks 3-4)

  • Understanding different types of cameras and their uses

  • Basic filming techniques and shot composition

  • Planning your shoot: from concept to storyboard

Contact Workshop 1: Developing Your Storytelling Style and Filming Techniques (end of Week 4)

  • Exercises and discussions on finding your unique voice in filmmaking

  • Hands-on session exploring various filming techniques and camera handling

Module 3: Post-production and Editing (Weeks 5-6)

  • Introduction to editing software and its usage

  • Basic video editing techniques: from rough cut to final edit

  • The role of sound and music in enhancing your video

Module 4: Finalizing and Sharing Your Video (Weeks 7-8)

  • Color grading and final touches

  • Exporting your video for different platforms

  • Developing a strategy for sharing and promoting your video

Contact Workshop 2: Basic Video Editing and Finalizing Your Video (end of Week 8)

  • Hands-on session learning the basics of video editing

  • Hands-on session on finalizing and exporting your video

Module 5: Advanced Filmmaking Techniques (Weeks 9-10)

  • Advanced camera techniques and equipment

  • Advanced editing techniques and software

  • The role of special effects and compositing in filmmaking

Module 6: Developing Your Filmmaking Career (Weeks 11-12)

  • Building a portfolio and showreel

  • Networking and building relationships within the industry

  • Understanding the film industry and career opportunities

Contact Workshop 3:  Advanced Filmmaking Techniques and Career Development (end of Week 12)

  • Hands-on session exploring advanced filming, editing, effects and compositing techniques

  • Discussions and exercises on career development in filmmaking

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