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Ever wondered about making poetry film?

This course is designed to show you how, step by step, you can create poetry films on your smartphone.
The course also includes advanced tutorials so that you have the tools to develop your practice and to think critically about poetry film.

One-to-one feedback included.
Ongoing support through membership of a closed Facebook group.

When can you start?

Available now.

Start the course at any time and take as long as you like – the resources will be available for as long as you need them.

What topics will you cover?

  • Equipment and software
  • History of poetry film
  • Different styles of poetry film
  • How not to make poetry film
  • What makes a good poetry film?
  • Approaches to editing poetry film
  • Approaches to writing for poetry film
  • Filming with a smart phone – shot types, angles, composition, camera movement, and lighting
  • Using and recording sound
  • Step by step how to make a film in iMovie on an iPhone and Android phone
  • Transitions and how they can be used in poetry film
  • Using text on the screen
  • Accessing and using Royalty Free images, sound and music
  • Working with still images
  • Colours and visual communication


That’s not all!

Whenever you get stuck on something, you can contact us and we’ll do our best to help.*

You’ll also be able to receive detailed feedback on four poetry films.


Who is the course for?

This course is for all the poets and artists who have ever wondered what poetry film is and thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to make one’.

No previous experience of filmmaking is needed. The course is suitable for beginners as well as those who have already made a start.

What software and equipment do you need?

You don’t need specialist equipment – we’ll show you how to get started with just a phone.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Make your own poetry films
  • Use your phone to create and edit great footage
  • Know the different approaches to writing for poetry film
  • Understand what makes a good poetry film

Who will you learn with?

Helen Dewbery
Chaucer Cameron








Helen Dewbery has been using cameras for many years and has been making poetry film for the past 11 years. Helen is co-director of The Big Poetry Weekend in Swindon.

Chaucer Cameron is a poet and creator of Wild Whispers an international poetry film project, and regularly curates and presents poetry film at events and festivals.

What do people say about this course?

The Poetry Film Workshop 2020 online course has brought a whole new world to us, both in terms of enabling a new art form that we can now achieve and by increasing an appreciation of the work of others.

Excellent tutors!

I appreciated being able to go at my own pace.

Response from both tutors has been excellent, and prompt.

Despite starting from scratch, from the start, it was a real thrill to be able to achieve really worthwhile results.


How to enrol

Go into the ‘Buy The Course’ tab at the bottom of this page. You’ll then see two options: Log In and Create an Account.
This is WordPress system – and so if you already have a wordpress account, you’ll be using that account (unless you’re using a different email). If not, then you’ll be able to create an account.
After logging in or creating an account, you’ll be able to buy the course.

If you have any questions please contact us here.




* [Please note that whilst we give advice on what software to use and how to use it, we are not always able to help with software conflicts that you may encounter. This is because there is a huge number and different models of phones. We will try and point you in the right direction for a solution, and there are always other software options you can try.]