Filmmakers deserve heartfelt gratitude as their creations are enabling us to survive this lockdown. As we spend our time watching and re-watching web series, movies, and TV shows, some of you might be interested in becoming a part of them. Here is a list of online courses for students of filmmaking as well as others who are interested.
‘40 Days to Learn Film’ by Mark Cousins
One of the most followed historians of cinema and author of several books that have been critically hailed, Cousins has recently put together a 140-minute lecture for students and scholars of filmmaking and called it ‘40 Days to Learn Film’. It’s freely available on Vimeo where he combined his encyclopedic knowledge with child-like pleasure of imparting it.
‘The Film Experience’ by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
This series of 23 lectures is another freely available course by the MIT available on their website ‘OpenCourseWare’. It is by Professor David Thorburn of the Film and Media Studies program. Professor Thorburn is very effective at drawing insightful connections between different strands of cinema.
‘Pixar in a Box’ by the Pixar Studios
A peek behind the making of films, the nut and bolts of movie-making are presented by the most famous animation studio. Along with a lot of technical videos that talk about animation techniques and math behind them, there are also simple and effective story-telling lessons. This course is available for free via the Khan Academy.
‘An Introduction to Screenwriting’ by University of East Anglia (UEA)
This is a three-week course available online and free of cost on FutureLearn. This course is taught by Michael Lensfield, teacher at the UAE’s Literature, Drama and Creative Writing Program, and the School of Art, Media, and American Studies. This uses few extremely popular films to teach about the theoretical points, plot trajectory, dramatic effect, the structure of the narrative, etc.