Our guide to film and television
Sydney Embray

Our guide to film and television

First published date January 27 2016 Amended date January 27 2016

It’s the art of filmmaking that can bring a simple story to life, the art of media production that sends us to new, imaginative worlds, the art of radio that keeps us informed and entertained, and the art of photography that captures our most beautiful and moving moments.  Creating great art requires a great artist—and that artist can be you! If you are ready to find out more, why not have a read of our film and television guide and get inspired by the courses listed on the site.


I take selfies, listen to the radio and watch TV – why do I need a course?

There is far more to film and television production than meets the eye. The three stages of creation for entertainment media tend along the same lines: pre-production, production, and post-production.  Pre-production for film includes acquiring resources (think putting together a team, finding locations, writing) and negotiating with other firms involved.  For radio, pre-production can involve setting up interviews and doing loads of research. Before they can take a stunning picture, photographers spend their pre-production time searching for the perfect location and light. 

Production is the glamorous part: think “Action!” for film and “You’re on the air in 5...4...3...” for radio.  Good filmmakers and photographers recognize a good shot when they see it and are able to think quickly and catch it on camera, while radio pros can turn any situation into an entertaining one.  Post production is vastly important for film and photography—it’s where those in editing and animation shine, using editing tech and programs to turn raw film into the finished product.


It sounds like it will be really technical—what kinds of programs will I learn to use?

Entertainment media uses a variety of equipment, technology and programs to turn a rough take into a polished feature presentation.  Media production specialists work with all kinds of post-production software, including CAD for designers and Adobe video and audio editing software.  Photographers benefit from an in-depth knowledge of their camera’s capabilities as well as a working knowledge of programs like Photoshop and Lightroom. 


What will I learn?

As mentioned above, with many different courses listed on the site, what you learn depends on the course you choose. To give you more of a breakdown, we have divided the courses into a few key categories -


Film and Television – Learn all there is to know about the process of filmmaking!  Courses take you through the entire process, from pre-production techniques to the creation of the final project.  You’ll get a handle on the organization of resources and client management too—all the essentials to be a successful future director. 


Media Production – A media production course is the way to go if you’ve got an eye for detail—and a course will give you the technical skills you need for a job well done.  Consider yourself a budding Walt Disney?  Animation courses in both the traditional sense and the more modernised, computerised version are available.  A course in this field also includes training on everything from cameras to post-production software to audio techniques. 


Radio – Think you’ve got what it takes to host a radio show?  Or maybe you’re interested in the production and broadcasting side of things—either way, a course in radio production would be right up your alley.  Interview tactics, technical recording skills and production editing programs will all be covered, and before you know it, you’ll be recording your own broadcasts and changing tracks like a pro. 


 Did you know?

Both “Jaws” and “Titanic” were projected to be expensive, massive failures. Instead, they were groundbreaking successes, and their directors are two of the most famous filmmakers to ever sit in the director’s chair – Steven Spielberg and James Cameron.

Characters and storylines for four of Pixar’s biggest smash-hits—A Bug’s Life, Monster’s Inc, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E, were all brainstormed at one lunch meeting in 1994.

Today, more photos are taken in two minutes than were taken in the entire 19th century—in fact, more than 200,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook every minute.


By Sydney Embray 

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