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 in semester year 2021-2022!
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.
Film/ animation hobby groups in Helsinki schools during the semester year 2021-2022:
Puistopolun peruskoulu (7.-9.lka), classroom "ilmaisutaidon luokka"
(Pohjavedenkatu 3, 00980 Helsinki)
Teacher: Venla Roponen
Vattuniemen ala-aste (grades 3-6) classrooms 424 and 425 on 4th floor ("5. and 6.grade solu")
(Vattuniemenkuja 4, 00210 Helsinki)
Teacher: Sarah Couprie
On the first meeting (September 1st) the teacher will come to the main foyer to escort the group to the classroom in fourth floor.
Pakilan ala-aste (grades 3-6) classrooms 3A and 3B
(Paloheinäntie 40B, 00670 Helsinki)
Wednesday 14.20-15.50pm (the group is full - you can enroll for the waiting list)
Teachers: Kimi Kanervo and Elisa Laurila
Puistolan peruskoulu (grades 3-6) classrooms 100 and 104
(Koudantie 2, 00760 Helsinki)
Teachers: Solja Kumpula and Pyry Okkolin
Ressun peruskoulu (grades 3-6 and grades 7-9) classroom 404
(Lapinlahdenkatu 10, 00180 Helsinki)
Wednesday 14-15.30pm (grades 3-6) ( the group is full - you can enroll for the waiting list)
Wednesday 15.30-17pm (grades 7-9)
Teachers: Elina Vitkala and Moe Mustafa
Porolahden peruskoulu (grades 7-9) (Satumaanpolku 2, 00820 Helsinki) classroom 316 on 3rd floor
Monday 14.15-15.30pm (grades 7-9)
Teacher: Kimi Kanervo
The group starts on September 6th
Sakarinmäen koulu (grades 3-6) (Knutersintie 924,00890 Helsinki)
Teacher: Sarah Couprie
The group starts on September 13th
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Couprie is a graduate of the National Film and Television School in England and works as a freelancer in the film and TV production industry. In addition, she teaches film classes in Helsinki and Sipoo.
Kimi Kanervo has studied filmmaking at Helsinki Design School, phtography at Muurla Folf High School and visual journalism at Finnish Adult Education Centre, Helsinki. He has founded a company that specializes in early 20th century studio photography methods. In addition to teaching film classes, Kimi works as a freelance film scenographer.
Solja Kumpula is studying for a bachelor' s degree in cultural studies at the University of Helsinki and has become acquainted with the study of visual culture through film. In addition to her own studies, since the autumn of 2020, Solja has taught in film classes and film summer camps in Sipoo.
Pyry Okkolin studies media content design at the LAB University of Applied Sciences. He has previously worked in photography and his current studies include working with video photography. In addition to his own studies, Pyry does illustration work as an entrepreneur.
Moe Mustafa is a graphic designer who studied art and culture at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences and studied film at the FAMU Film university in Prague. Moe has worked as a sound and video designer at Tampere theatre and Theatre Siperia. Moe was born in Kuwait, grew up in Jordania and has lived in Finland since 2010.