FILM/ ANIMATION Helsinki
Are you interested in films and filmmaking? Have you wondered how films are produced and how good stories can be told through video? Would you like to make animations?
Welcome to film/animation classes!
FIlm/animation hobbies are part of the Finnish hobby model funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture, which aims to support the well-being of children and young people and enable every child and young person to have a pleasant and free hobby during the school day. Hobbies are organized for 3rd-9th graders in Helsinki in the child's own school or in the immediate vicinity after the school day, before 5pm. As decided by the city of Helsinki, the hobby activity groups in each school are offered to the children and young people of that school.
What are film/animation classes about?
In film/animation classes we go through the basics of filmmaking with all the steps, modeling the processes of real production structures. Areas related to filmmaking include screenwriting, costume and stage design, acting, directing, production design, filming and editing. While film is a technology-driven art field with a lot of control over a variety of devices, at the heart of it is storytelling. In the classes we learn storytelling as well as what is involved in storytelling through video and how video can be used to produce a story.
Filmmaking consists of multiple small parts that are all important to the end result.
What do I need in classes?
We use tablets, GoPro cameras and system cameras in film classes. We edit the projects with computer programs. You do not need to bring you own devices for class, but it is up to you, if you want to bring your own recording device (eg. mobile phone) to the class.
Making a film is a group effort where you learn to work in a team. In class we work in small groups where we do everything from the beginning to the end ourselves: designing, filming, acting, directing, cutting and editing the film.
Making a film involves a lot of planning: how the story is told, how and where it is filmed, what kind of costumes and sets are used. Classes often have many group memebers doing different things at the same time: someone designing a costume, some rehearsing a scene, and someone preparing a scene. In film classes there is an opportunity to be both in front of camera and behind camera. The editing of the films can be divided between a number of group members, whose scenes are combined into a whole.