One Day Film School 2023

Headington School L6 put their filmmaking skills to the test on Friday 22nd September with the One Day Film School.

In the morning, they learned the essentials, film history, fight choreography and camerawork, learning to use the iPad and screenwriting.

In the afternoon, pupils took the 10 Shot Challenge: creating a short film (two minutes, max) based on a classic narrative (eg ’someone is kidnapped, an attempted rescue’) for premiering at the end of the day. Pupils chose their own roles within their film crew (writer, director, producer, screenwriter, actors).

Ed Boase, from One Day Film School, said: “Most adverts take several months to make, so the challenge of making a successful short film in just ninety minutes can be daunting. However, the groups gelled exceptionally well, showed great leadership and teamwork and no-one missed the deadline.”

Their final task was to introduce their film, just like at the Cannes film festival, and give it a poster tagline (eg ‘In space no-one can hear you scream’). Then it was time for the VIP judges (Simon Hawkes, Young Film Academy representatives) to take their seats and decide which would win the ultimate prize: the Best Picture Oscar.

The standard was very high, so it was a tough decision. The Best Picture Oscar was awarded to ‘Skull Over Heels’. It told an engaging, entertaining story which was technically superb: the judges were particularly impressed by the excellent performances and high standard of camerawork, editing and sound design. Best Actor went to Rania, and Best Technical Achievement to the team behind ‘Golden Girl’.