If you have an insatiable appetite for film and an eye for a cinematic moment then why not take a course in filmmaking? Dubai may not have the same breadth of choice as other cities but there are places where budding Scorseses can hone their craft.
SAE Institute Dubai
Course: Film Boot Camp
Duration: Two days
The SAE Institute is the largest worldwide private college for audio and film production. It offers a host of courses in film, interactive 3D animation, web development, and even games programming. If time is limited, sign up for Film Boot Camp. The weekend course is designed for anyone interested in the process of filmmaking and no previous experience is required. It aims to give you an insight into pre-production, production and post-production – all necessary skills required to see a film assignment through from start to finish. SAE is also hosting an open day on Saturday December 13 from 2pm to 5pm, when you can meet the teachers, see the facilities and find out more about this and other courses on offer. Register online to attend.
Dhs1,400. Fri-Sat 10am-5pm. Dubai Knowledge Village, www.saedubai.com (04 368 6800).
Course: Bachelor of Media in Screen Production
Duration: Three years full time
If you’re a younger student hoping to carve out a career in film, this undergraduate degree course will give you the chance to learn from experienced industry professionals and also provides access to top-notch audio and video production equipment. By the end of the course, you will be able to produce digital content of industry calibre and have an understanding of the wider media industry, the theory of filmmaking and be ready to enter the professional world. Check online for undergraduate entry requirements and attend the university’s open evening on Friday December 12 from 4pm to 8pm for further details.
Dhs3,500 (registration fee), Dhs168,000 (full course fee). Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai, Dubai Academic City, www.murdochdubai.ac.ae (04 435 5700).
Manhattan Film Academy
Course: Director’s Workshop
Duration: Four days
This New York City-based academy was founded by group of internationally renowned, award-winning American and European filmmakers brought together by writer-director Robert Tutak, Professor of Film at City University of New York. The academy runs workshops in Dubai bringing their expertise to the emirate. Many of the tutors at the workshops are Oscar nominees so you’ll really be learning from some of the industry’s best. The Director’s Workshop teaches technique and offers small projects where you’ll learn how to block a scene, work with actors, develop characters and study frame composition. The classes are intense so be prepared and come ready to learn. Register online.
Dhs1,500, January 12-15, 2015. 6pm- 9pm. Dubai Knowledge Village, www.mfacademy.com (no number).
There’s nothing quite like work experience to get your foot in the door in a highly competitive industry such as film production. Alchemy Films, a Dubai-based production company, creates movies, documentaries and commercials for a roster of clients, and offers short-term internships. Applicants should have a keen interest in media production, be computer literate and have their own visa and Dubai driver’s licence. As an intern, you won’t be making cups of tea at this company. Instead you’ll be helping with administration, doing research to help crews and assisting on studio- and location-based shoots. Check the website for full requirements. To apply submit you CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alchemy Films, Business Central Tower A, Dubai Media City, www.alchemyfilms.net (04 428 5720).