Take your film idea from "script to screen" in just 10 weeks under the personal supervision of award-winning film producer Bruce Windwood.
Live and study in Oxford, UK for 10 weeks
Start in September, January or March
Fuel your passion for Film
Attend high profile public events at nearby universities
Make new international friends
Oxford Royale Academy’s Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme is a dynamic and creative course, designed to take students from “concept to screen” over a period of 10 weeks.
An immersive introduction to the practicalities of Filmmaking, this course is a suitable for students keen to take their first steps in the business, as well as those looking to build or expand an existing portfolio. In general, the course suits students who demonstrate a strong desire to work in the industry through their personal portfolio, film-related education or previous employment. However, no prior Film experience is required.
To view the most recent films produced by Future Filmmakers Programme students, watch the videos displayed below.
The Future Filmmakers Gap Year Programme is a 10 week filmmaking course centred on the creation of an original short film: written, produced and directed by the students. Yarnton Manor is a ready-made film set teeming with creative inspiration: ORA students have the unique opportunity to live and shoot their film in the historic Jacobean Estate.
Starting with the script, the course is divided up into a number of learning modules that cover all aspects of the filmmaking process and run parallel with the development and production of the film.
As well as learning about the creative, technical and management processes involved in producing a film, the students will also be introduced to the business of film – discovering just how the industry works in terms of funding, marketing, distribution and sales.
The students will also get the opportunity to work alongside professional actors and crew, thereby giving them an invaluable and immersive understanding of how a film is produced. The Programme aims to provide students with the first steps to a successful film career as well as a high-quality short film suitable for portfolio or as an industry calling card. Whether they go onto higher education or straight into the business, students leave Oxford Royale Academy with a concrete skill-set and proven filmmaking experience.
Oxford Royale invites ‘shoot’ crew (from sound and camera departments) to supplement our student crew during Principal Photography. In this way, students benefit immensely from having real film professional mentors working alongside them as they shoot their scenes.
BRUCE WINDWOOD (Senior Tutor) Biography
Bruce is a multi-award winning film producer with credits including the comedy feature film ’12 In A Box’ which was distributed internationally, won three prestigious awards and was described by the twice-Oscar winning producer of ‘The Godfather’ as “… one of the best British comedies I’ve ever seen.”
Bruce is also a commissioned scriptwriter for TV, film and radio, a composer and actor, and has also directed various short films/audio dramas/commercials.
Bruce teaches the ‘Micro Budget Filmmaking’ course at NFTS, is a regular film tutor at ‘Film Oxford’ and has taught at the ORA Film Academy since its inception 7 years ago.
JOHN HUNT (Oxford Royale Academy, Media Director) Biography
John is the Media Director for Oxford Royale Academy as well as a freelance video producer, director, editor and DOP. He has worked on video production for a diverse range of clients, from party election broadcasts to music videos. He is also a professional photographer.
He is a highly experienced teacher, PGCE qualified and has taught Media, Photography and Filmmaking courses from GCSE to post-graduate level and for industry.
This film was produced by one of our Future Filmmakers Programme students, Berend, and is indicative of the sort of high-quality short film you could create with ORA!
Eligibility & Pre-requisites
Students on this course:
Must be between 17 and 19 years old.
Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers (IELTS 5.5 or CEFR B2) – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be able to assist you.
Must hold good school leaving qualifications.
At the end of the course, students will:
Have the necessary ‘hands on’ skills to create a film from the initial premise through to delivery of a completed, professionally produced film
Have developed problem-solving skills at every step of the filmmaking process
Have gained the ability to both lead and be led
Be able to multi-task and be organised
Be able to create and communicate original ideas and to convert these ideas into tangible realities
Have developed the skills of negotiation and delegation
Students increasingly welcome some time to decide on their next steps before starting university or entering the workplace. They may choose to take up to a year off to travel, volunteer and explore new horizons. This is also known as a gap year. Those experiences undoubtedly provide valuable opportunities to acquire life skills. However, universities and employers also appreciate evidence of constructive academic development during a gap year.
Our 10 week Gap Year Programme enables students to achieve both. Our academic focus strengthens their profile for future university applications or career.
Teaching Faculty & Campus Life
At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer!
The International Study Centre is based in Yarnton Manor, a beautiful and historic building that dates back to 1611. Students enjoy the privilege of living and studying in an elegant and peaceful setting while retaining easy access to the centre of Oxford, which is only 15 minutes away.
Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.