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Exploring Movie Construction and Production

What's so exciting about movies? Discover how movies are constructed and produced today with this free online course!

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This free online movie production course will teach you about the fundamentals of how movies are made and produced. In this course you will study a wide range of topics, including theme, genre, narrative structure, story, directing, acting, cinematography, editing, and sound. You will also learn about the basic principles of character development, how to create a three-dimensional character, and a whole lot more!





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Why do we get excited when we think about going to the movies? Do you love a movie but when asked why, you can’t explain it? If you have not watched a lot of movies, then this free online Exploring Movie Construction and Production course will give you a solid foundation for better understanding the movies you watch. You will also learn how to critically analyse movies. 

The course begins by exploring the use of themes and genres in movie construction. Next, you will learn about creating narrative structure and characters. Lastly, you will also learn about directing, cinematography, editing and sound in movie production. These areas are covered in this specific order so you can see the formation of a movie from the theme, or purpose, through to its completion. 

This course will be ideal for anyone interested in learning about the fundamental basics of movie framework, construction, and production. So, why wait? Start learning today and by the end of the week you will have gained valuable skills and knowledge about how to construct and produce movies!

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between the use of themes and genres in movies
  • Recognize different types of genres and sub-genres
  • Describe the mechanics of creating the story and plot
  • Discuss how the story can be categorized into six elements and define these elements
  • Outline the three elements needed to create a three-dimensional character
  • Describe the role of a movie director
  • Identify common vocabulary and terms used in cinematography 
  • Outline the basic principles of editing and different editing techniques 
  • Identify different types of sound techniques used in movie production


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