Kilroys College – Distance LearningFilm Making with John Boorman Training Course

Film Making with John Boorman Training Course

Dublin City
Price: € 1950
Duration: 5 days
Job Skills and CPD, Workshops
10am - 5pm
Application Schedule: TBC

Course description

Learn how to shoot and direct a film with award-winning director John Boorman!

Step into the film and TV industry with instruction and guidance from award winning film director and lead tutor John Boorman supported by his team of professional film crew.

This is your chance to work with experienced heads of department to kickstart your career in filmmaking and make valuable contacts in the film industry.

This practical, hands-on, immersive course in directing and contemporary filmmaking will bring you through the creative process of filmmaking from script to screen.

You will learn the art of screenwriting, storyboarding, scheduling, casting, directing, lighting, camera work, sound recording and digital editing.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will have the necessary skills to make a short film for your business or for pleasure and will have made a short film to take away for your showreel or portfolio.

Day 1: The “Unturndownable” Script

Day 2: Visual Storytelling

Day 3: Film Producing Fundamentals

Day 4: Your Light and The Shoot

Day 5: The Shoot Continued and Post

Detailed Content

Day 1: The “Unturndownable” Script

Introductions: Meet John Boorman and your fellow attendees followed by an intensive study in:

Final draft
Working alone
Working with a writer
How to attract a lead actor
Group discussion on a scene selected by John Boorman for the shoot
Social Programme: group welcome dinner in city centre (optional)

Day 2: Visual Storytelling

Intensive study in:

Number of set ups
Film: The art of the possible
The creative solutions arising from limitations
Group discussion on scenes from “The Making of Zardos” and “Deliverance”

Day 3: Film Producing Fundamentals

In the morning of this day an experienced line producer and production manager will deliver an intensive study in:

Nuts and Bolts:

Defining and Exploring the Roles and Responsibilities of the Production Team
AD Department
Locations Team
Arts Department

Scheduling and Budgeting:

Creating a Shooting Schedule
Working with an AD
Number of Shooting Days
Number of Set Ups per Day
Budgeting Software
Working with a Line Producer

In the afternoon Kieran Corrigan, an experienced financier and Executive Producer, whose work includes The General (1998), The Tailor of Panama (2001), Queen and Country (2014) and We Have Always Lived In The Castle (2018), will guide you through best practice in film production. He will teach you the essential skills and insights into the issues and challenges that govern:

Film and TV financing
Key budgetary issues
Talent management
Practical law and taxation for filmmakers
Social Programme: Irish Film School Networking Event 

Day 4: Your Light and The Shoot

Students will have the opportunity to try different filmmaking techniques with John Boorman and his hand-picked cinematographer, including:

The Camera
Use of digital camera
Breaking down a scene
Set ups

The Shoot will commence in the afternoon when actors will be brought into the studio and will be directed in the test scene by John Boorman. Students will get an opportunity to view John at work and there will be Q&A with him at the end of the demonstration.

Day 5: The Shoot Continued and Post

On the final day students will get the opportunity to step into the film industry and direct the actors in the test scene. Students will also work with John Boorman and an experienced editor on various elements of post- production with an intensive study in:

Complete editing of the test scene
How a movie finds its shape
Connecting with the audience

These practical exercises will be followed by:

Group discussion and review of the week
Distribution of John Boorman’s essay “The Film Process”
Presentation of Certificates by John Boorman

Who will benefit from this Film Making Course?

This course is aimed at people who want to “step into” the film and TV industry. Participants may be enthusiastic hobbyists, or they may wish to use filmmaking as an additional skill within their employment, or may see this as a stepping stone or a foundation course to take the next step into the world of professional filmmaking.

Experienced Instructor

This is a bespoke service catering for all skill levels, where participants will have the opportunity to engage with the highly experienced course instructor John Boorman, an award-winning film director with over 40 years’ experience at the highest level, and his team of professional film crew.


On successful completion of your course, you will receive your Irish Film School Certificate of Completion in Filmmaking in recognition of your educational achievement.


This course will give you the confidence to go on to further study, to begin working in the film industry or to change careers. Many of those in employment will add value to their CVs with a new skill in digital filmmaking and could receive a promotion or an increase in salary as a result of completing this course.

Remember, you can complete this Film Making course within 5 days of enrolling. So take your first step by contacting us today!

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