Summer School for Beginning Filmmakers

  • Start


  • price

    550 eur

  • Credit

    3 ECTS

  • time

    2 weeks

  • Language


Field of study
Media, Journalism, Creative Industries

Application deadline
June 1 2020

July 13 – July 24 2020

Course Leader
Sigita Jakubsonė

Target Group
Bachelor and Master level


Jaq Greenspon is a new dad, as well as a world traveling, dog loving, scuba diving, book collecting, award-winning writer. His words have been spoken by Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and Robin Hood, been read by David Copperfield, and criticized by his 7th grade English teacher. He’d like to thank the members of the Academy, although he doesn’t know why. He thinks visual storytelling is the best kind of storytelling there is and wants to see everyone who likes doing it do it better. He has a resume which includes being the screenwriting voice of the young black generation, writing books to help people break in to the film industry and his voice is a Lithuanian treasure. And more than anything, he wants you to know that he believes in you and that you can absolutely do this thing!
Laisvis Karvelis is a film and television cinematographer who has accumulated 20+ years of experience and earned numerous international awards. He has filmed dozens of documentaries and feature films and has worked with well-known Lithuanian directors. Karvelis has also filmed TV shows for the Lithuanian national broadcaster as well as the country’s commercial channels. For the last several years, Laisvis has been commissioned by the German television channel VOX to travel around the world and visit countries with dangerous and impassable roads or unconventional vehicles. Numerous German and Lithuanian figures have named Laisvis as one of the most talented Lithuanian cinematographers. Karvelis trained at the LUMEN Institute of Telecommunications in Dallas, Texas (USA). Currently, in addition to all other activities, he is teaching video arts to VMU students of various fields.
Kristijonas Jakubsonas is a lecturer at VMU Department of Public Communication and specialist at VMU Innovative Studies Institute. He is visual media guru because his field of creative work begins with commercials and ends with international documentaries. Kristijonas works in media for about 15 years. His competences were recognized by numerous Lithuanian institutions and companies, which chose him to tell their stories. Beside of his passion to visual storytelling, Kristijonas is obsessed with learning new things.

Entry requirements
Any student having interest in filming, editing video material and creating visual content.
In this day and age, it is important to know how to tell stories. Summer School for Beginning Filmmakers invites students to get hands-on experience and become acquainted with various contemporary media forms. In small teams, participants will use professional filmmaking equipment to create a documentary or other kind short film. The groups will be constantly guided by experienced professionals.

Short description
Students will also learn to apply the knowledge gained during the programme creatively, grasp the specifics of video production technology, and understand the usage of lighting and sounds in film. At the school, students will get to act, operate the camera, and direct, which will give an understanding of filming and editing video material. Also, everyone will be involved in analyzing movies, non-fiction ethics and study the dialogue, interview techniques. Students will learn how to separate fact from truth. Last but not least, they will learn how to write a script.

After this course, students will be able to create a short film in small groups or individually, applying the knowledge gained during the course.

Learning outcomes

  • fundamentals of filming,  
  • screenwriting,
  • digital editing;
  • post-production.

Programme Structure

  • Creative writing, screenwriting,
  • Basics of dialogues and interviewing,
  • Basics of non-fiction ethics,
  • Basics of lighting and sound recording,
  • Basics of filming,
  • Basics of digital editing.


FROM MAY 1st: 600

(includes tuition, teaching material, social programme, trips, excursions)

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