Master Course in Film Production


Hundreds of courses exist today in film production, many of them online. What most of them lack however, is the exposure to a real life film studio with all the props, buildings, vehicles, cameras, professional staff, costumes, grips, lighting, sound effects, and the latest in software visualisation technology.

This two week course brings together the best of everything: professional, world class staff, directors and producers, along with the practical exposure and on-hand usage of equipment to make your very own short film. That’s right, each student gets to work alongside the world’s best film talent and produce their own short movie!

Admission Requirements

Prospective students are expected to have passed a secondary school leaving certificate and have a passion for the film industry. Exposure to any film or associated studies is an advantage but not necessary. No industry experience needed.

Duration & Fees

This course runs over 2 weeks – 5 days Monday to Friday in week 1, followed by 5 days Monday to Friday in week 2


Students will visit our working film studio and get first hand practical exposure to various aspects within each department from cameras, grips, lighting, costumes, film administration, vfx and water tanks, to each of the relevant sets. Within each department students will learn about and operate various types of film equipment and how each department functions and integrates into all aspects of the studio.

On day 2, students learn about the different aspects of the script – its logistics, management and assignment of the overall script into various departments so that the production and management of the whole film runs efficiently.

We then look at a full list of what is needed within the film production and what the various departments need in order to produce the film. Students get exposed to props, costumes and stunts.

Director introduction: They will give the students some background of themselves and what films they have been involved in. Part of the discussion will be their story on how they became a director and will share their secrets into how to make it in the film industry as a director including session breakdown tips, project inception planning, final delivery and all the important steps in between.

Students are assigned a script and asked to discuss the steps in setting
up scenes. Thereafter there is a practical session where each student
is assigned professional crew members to set up and shoot scenes.
Students will liaise with and discuss scenes with the director, including all
aspects of the script, the characters, the props and additional elements
needed to use within scenes. An important aspect of this day is to
understand the backstory and the necessary steps needed to plan scenes.

On day 4, students will meet each of the cast members that will be playing
specific characters and then analyse aspects of the script and learn the key
steps to turn the script into an actual film. As an example, students learn
how to use props, how to shoot, which camera angles to use, using story
boards, equipment and planning the shoot. There is also a practical session
on blocking scenes with actors on set.

Today, students work with a full professional crew and learn about actor
blocking, department meetings and starting a production with a world
class director. There will be a half day of filming followed by viewing and
analysing behind the scenes action taking place as other students perform
their tasks.

During the day, students will meet the DoP, or “Director of Photography”
and discuss types of shots and how they change and are affected when
lighting changes. The DoP will advise and give his take on lighting and
photography and what to do to change desired outcomes.

Then 3, 2, 1… “Action!” and you start your first scene…

Over these three days students dive deeper into the key aspects of getting behind the scenes, focussing on camera, lighting, grip work and general day to day filming.

Students sit with a professional team and determine how to manage the all-important editing function.

This is the final day where each student portrays their production in a cinema in front of the team along with producer and director feedback. Valuable insights are earned from the best people in the industry.

Certification ceremony.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Programme Award by Film Forge and endorsed by Nu Boyana Film Studios.

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Students stay at the Kodak residence on the Nu Boyana Film Studio grounds.

The Kodak residence is fully furnished and equipped with all amenities. The kitchen, lounge and bedrooms are maintained daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided daily to each student.

The film studio has 24/7 security and is located within walking distance to local shops and restaurants. Students who would like to visit the city centre of Sofia can utilise the available public transport from the main gate of the studio.

All classes and practicals are within walking distance from the residence.

Programme & Career Support: Your Personal Guide

Before, during and after your course, you will have personal access to your Programme Support Guide, Mark Edwards. Mark will be your single point of contact for all your queries, whether you are stuck on a topic or have a special request. Mark will also keep track of your learning journey and offer personalised guidance where needed.

Upon successful completion of the two week course, students may elect to join the Film Forge Placement Services. Interested applicants should email a short resume to [email protected]

When students are beginning afresh in a new field, insights and assistance from someone on the inside can help you get a head start. Apart from job placement, our coaching division will work with you on the long haul – building your strengths, working on gaps, and developing a smart roadmap to achieve your career goals.


To apply for this course or find out more information, email [email protected]