Section One: Getting started
This section tells you what you need to get started on Poetry Film Training. We tell you how to get the most from the course, how to build your knowledge and skills, how to get support when you need it, and what basic equipment and software you need. Jump in and enjoy it!
Section Two: What is Poetry Film?
This section is all about poetry film: what it is and what makes a good poetry film, and offers some examples of poetry film for you to begin to think about what works for you.
Section Three: Filming
In this section we look at filming. Basic filming on a smart phone (or a camera). We’ll look at lighting, camera angles, how to hold your phone and keep it steady. It’s practical, and at the end of it you will have some footage, and some text, to use to make a poetry film.
Section Four: Sound and recording
You have your footage, now we look at the different types of sound used in poetry film and how to use it. This section also covers sound recording.
Section Five: Getting ready to edit
You should now have some footage, some text and some sound. In this section you’ll learn how to get started with your software. Work through it step by step before jumping into the next section on editing.
Section Six: Begin Editing
In this section you'll start to edit your poetry film on iMovie or FilmoraGo. If you are using other software there's still loads in here for you to look at.
Section Seven: Adding Sound to the timeline
This section leads you through adding and editing audio in iMovie and FilmoraGo.
Section Eight: Adding Text
Here we look at putting actual text into your poetry film.
Section Nine: Final Editing
Final editing can be approached in many different ways. Here we suggest one approach for you to follow.
Section Ten: Sharing
You’ve done it! You’ve made a film and now you want to share it: here's how.
Taking it Further 1: Delving deeper
Taking it further is beginning to look deeper into what makes a good poetry film and suggests ways to expand your practice.
Taking it Further 2: Approaches to writing text
This section explores writing and editing text.
Taking it Further 3: Understanding Transitions
Finding transitions that work well is probably one of the hardest things to do, but also one of the most important. Transitions also pose some technical challenges - this section will help you to manage them better.
Taking it Further 4: Sending out work
We've taken some of the work out of finding places to submit your poetry films to.
Taking it Further 5: Royalty Free
Whether you want to find a particular sound, piece of music or footage, that you haven't been able to do yourself, or you are interested in working with archive materials, this section tells you where to find royalty free and free to use material.
Taking it Further 6: Working with still images
If you use still images for creating poetry films, then this section will tell you how to get the best from your images.
Taking it Further 7: Useful information
This is a handy section to drop into when you need to.
Other useful tips, hints and how tos.
If you're struggling with something, or there is something that we haven't covered here, contact us and we will try and help.
We’ll show you, step by step, how you can create poetry films. We’ll be sharing with you how to get started with easily available tools, techniques and software. Later on in the course we’ll also take you through some more advanced topics so that you have the tools to think really critically about poetry film.
Each time you try something it will get easier and your work will get better. For some of you this will be the first time you have used any digital technology to create films, others of you will already have some experience – wherever you are starting from we want to support you.
That’s why you can send us any questions as they arise and we will do our best to help. Another unique thing about this course is that you have the opportunity, alongside working through the lessons, for feedback on up to four poetry films you make during the first six months of joining.
The course is divided into two main parts: Basic and Further. It’s usually best to work through lesson by lesson because the course follows the process of creating a poetry film from getting the basics right to then thinking more about what makes poetry film effective. Some of the lessons are available to download for your own reference.
We’ve been teaching poetry film making for several years and we reckon it takes 3-6 months to learn something new and to become confident with a new set of skills. So give yourself time.