Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Intro to Film

Students will be introduced to the terms & techniques of the film industry and will cover all the related skills necessary for understanding what it takes to be part of a film production.

This course will cover Film Storytelling, Terminology, Basic Camera Setups, Sound Collection, Basic Lighting Techniques, as well as Pre –Production (Writing/Storyboarding), Production (Filming/Sound Collection), and Post-Production (Editing) Duties.

No video equipment or extra materials are needed to take this course. All equipment is provided by Pacific Design Academy.

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: None

Program Start: 
September 2019

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tuesdays & Thursdays

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

Course Outline:

Class 1:

Assignment: Find a clip on YouTube of a favourite or
compelling scene from a movie you enjoy. Play the clip, and afterward explain
its significance, and what it means to you.

Class 2:

View Students’ clips, and analysis.
Discussion: Class input on clips.
Basic Film Storytelling: Formatting & Understanding the outline, and scripting process.
Review examples of script pages, and see how they are translated onto film.
Assignment: Write a 2-3 page script based on the
criteria given in class (Plot/Setting/Characters chosen from a hat/box).

Class 3:

Review Student-written scripts.
Have a Student table-read of scripts.
Have students give each other constructive criticism.
Basic Storyboarding: Class will go over the importance a storyboard has on the filmmaking process.
Students will take the previous script they have
written and will make a basic storyboard of their scene(s).

Class 4:

Review Storyboards.

Camera Basics: Students will learn the art of cinematography and sound collection, and well as various techniques and equipment used is this process.
Basic Lighting Techniques: Students will learn how to do a basic lighting setup showcasing various lighting effects.
Assignment: Students will create a 10 Photo Montage
that tells a story including an Introduction and resolution.

Class 5:

Review Photo Montages.
Students will take script page handouts and film them
together and cycle through production roles.

Class 6:

Basics of Editing:
    Students will learn the art and terminology of editing.

Class will take clips, and edit them together using
various editing techniques.

Class 7:

Discussion of Final Project:  Students will write, shoot and produce a
5-page screenplay in teams or as class with each student taking a different
role in the production.

Class 8:
Class time: Shooting 5-page script

Class 9:
Class time: Shooting/Importing/Editing

Class 10:
Class time: Editing footage and adding text.

Class 11:
Class time: Editing and Exporting Final Projects

Class 12:
Review of Final Project

Guest Lecture: Realities of the Industry


Student 1:
I have had such an amazing experience during this program! All of the material covered was relevant and informative. The instructor's passion for film and video made it easy to learn and I am leaving this program with skills and techniques that I can apply in my current career. I am looking forward to taking more film classes if offered in the part time program. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to get into the film industry or learn more about it as well as anyone who wants to get a first-hand look at Adobe Premiere and editing which I found super beneficial. (Date: 2016.)

Student 2:
“The instructor for Intro to Film was seriously one of the best teachers I've had. He always encouraged questions and creativity from us and stoked our artistic fires whenever we needed help.

The advantage to the class size we had was that the entire course felt very personal as the instructor would mentor each student one on one, explaining techniques and concepts in ways that everyone understood.

Already coming to the course with a fair amount of film knowledge, I had a fair amount of advanced questions; the instructor took the time to answer them to the best of his abilities and for those he couldn't answer, he did research and found the answers.

I would highly recommend this course for anyone entertaining the notion of doing anything film related. There's something for everyone!” (Date: 2016.)

Student 3:
“The Intro to Film class at Pacific Design Academy touches on many different aspects of the film industry from scriptwriting to storyboarding and shooting to editing. It is a great first look at the film industry for anyone who is interested in film that may be considering the full-time motion picture program. Shaun is very knowledgeable and engaging with his students and has first-hand experience working in the industry.” (Date: 2016.)


Jessica Rivers is a Producer and Production Manager with over a decade of experience in the film production industry. She has independently produced and distributed two documentary films and multiple shorts and music videos. She has led in-house film & photography teams at TELUS Communications and LUSH Cosmetics in Vancouver, and has produced and shot for COLOR Magazine and VICE Media. She currently works as a freelance producer on multiple independent and commercial productions.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.