Filmmaking COURSE

Filmbites’ filmmaking course students have had their work screened at Revelation, St Kilda, and Flickerfest film festivals. Many now study film production at tertiary level and others have worked on local film sets in a range of roles.

Recent student James Dudfield’s film Escape From Fremantle (which he wrote and directed) was invited on the 2021 ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards National Screenings Tour – Teen’s Tales.

Beginner Filmmaking Course

Learn the fundamentals of filmmaking, from story to editing.

AGES: 11 – 15 years
FEE: $350 per term

Term 1 Filmmaking Course

This filmmaking course is designed to get wannabe auteurs up to speed with the skills, tools and processes to produce a  movie using a DSLR camera.

Filmmakers will first learn depth of field, exposure and lighting.

Filmmaking course students also learn about recording sound, importing footage and sound, basic editing and exporting in differnt file formats.

Each week filmmakers engage in practical, hands-on exercises that test and increase their technical knowledge – requiring creative decision making, communication and teamwork.

Term 2 Filmmaking Course

In term 2, students will experience an exciting introduction into the art of filmmaking by making an entire short film with the class. Filmmakers cover such roles as writer/deviser, director, lighting, camera and sound.



BEGINNER (ages 11-15)

Saturdays 9:30am – 11:00am


This year long course develops the young film-makers understanding of the film-making processes.

FEE: $400 pr term

AGES: 14 – 17yrs

HOW TO ENROL: Find the class in the enrollment table at the bottom of this page! Or lick the enrol button and go to the enrol page to book your place online. Enrolments are open until week 3 of Term 3.


Students analyse choices made by the director and heads of department in key scenes from successful movies. By critiquing key choices and breaking down all the components of the scene, students gain an appreciation of the thought process and deliberate practice that go into story and filmmaking, and gain an insight into how they might apply this to their films. Practical exercises throughout the term allow them to explore choices and techniques to apply in their own filmed exercises. Students recreate a key scene from a film as closely as possible, then adapt the same scene using their own unique choices. In semester 2, students each write, direct and edit their own 2-minute short, whilst contributing to other student’s films in key crew roles.


A year-long course that explores the role of the cinematographer (DP) and their relationship with the director. Students deepen their understanding of lighting, camera and mise en scene. Filmed outcomes include a group production and a paired production between director and DP.



INTERMEDIATE (ages 14-18)

Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:30pm