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Create Films

We have split the Create Film section into Pre-production, Production, and Post-production. We also have dedicated sections for animation, documentary and found-footage.

The best thing a young filmmaker can do is to get hold of a camera and some film, and make a movie of any kind at all
Stanley Kubrick

Type of film

Films can be broken down into three broad categories: live action drama, documentary and animation. However, within these groups are numerous subdivisions; and also there can be crossover, for example you might make an animated documentary.

Found footage

Using archive film clips to make your own new film.

  • A quick way to get started
  • Good for subject-based curriculum work
  • You are not relying on good acting or performers of any sort
  • No variety of roles - everyone is doing the same sort of activity
  • See results quickly

Live action / drama

  • Can accommodate most themes
  • Requires the most pre-planning in terms of scripts, locations etc
  • You can see results relatively quickly
  • Be aware of derivative ideas, unless they have a twist

Starting points:

  • A drama that moves from location to location, with no dialogue at all, just lots of looking and seeing
  • Script-led, perhaps just a few characters talking around a table
  • Something atmospheric where location and costumes tell more of the story than the words


  • Good for subject-based curriculum work
  • You are not relying on good acting, although you still need good 'performers'
  • Good sound recording is essential
  • Potentially sensitive

Starting points:

  • Recording some hard hitting vox-pops on the street
  • Setting up interviews with carefully chosen subjects
  • Following single person around for a day
  • Cover an event or group in action
  • A dreamy montage of different images with a well-chosen piece of music to evoke a work of art, a process or a place


  • Great for young groups
  • You see results quickly
  • Needs slightly more equipment
  • Your film will probably be short
  • Some techniques are more labour intensive than others
I don't know how brilliant we were, but we were very enthusiastic
Francis Ford Coppola

Be adventurous, but be realistic. Aim to keep your first film under 5 minutes - you can always be more ambitious with the next film.

No Time

Top ten tips if you're short on time

  • Test equipment before you start
  • Sound is crucial - get the microphone as near as possible
  • Try not to pan & zoom madly - better still don't pan or zoom at all
  • Use a tripod
  • Compose shots to fully explain your narrative, think about the edit as you shoot
  • Don't shoot too much - you will regret it when you come to editing
  • Don't shoot too little - you will regret it when you come to editing
  • In animation, fix everything down firmly: lights, camera, backgrounds, etc
  • Good ideas & strong narratives are the key to watchable programmes, don't lose sight of your original idea
  • Plan well - Alright, plan the next one well