Film & Television

Film & Television Module

Film & Television is an integral part of PQA for our students and a unique part of the PQA experience.

It is important to us that our students experience a module that is industry-led, taught by professional filmmakers teaching the crafts of film and television, production, and screen acting. They use industry-standard equipment in a fun and practical environment. Our students are always learning through doing and using their creativity to tell wonderful, original stories.

The Film & Television experience at PQA gives children and young people an excellent introduction to development, pre-production and production techniques by making, screening and broadcasting short films of their own. Students take on roles in front of and behind the camera and work in production company teams.

This module offers students a useful set of practical filmmaking skills and skills for life in teamwork, communication, problem-solving and builds confidence.

Acting for Camera

Acting for camera is a completely different skill to acting onstage. We encourage students to bring characters to life in a very understated and naturalistic manner.

You will learn to develop a truthful, emotional connection that can be captured through the camera lens.

This ability is widely recognised by Filmmakers and Casting Directors who work with our students in a professional context.

TECHNICAL ROLES & SCRIPT WRITING

All our Academies use state-of-the-art camera equipment.

As well as acting for camera, students are encouraged to explore a variety of roles including producing, directing, operating the camera, recording sound, designing costumes and applying make-up.

PQA students also develop their creative writing by working as a team to turn concepts into storyboards and seeing these ideas through to production.

CINEMA SCREENINGS

We have partnerships with major cinema chains such as VUE, Cineworld, and Everyman where every Academy hosts red carpet Cinema Screening and Awards events for students to celebrate their work with family and friends on the big screen!

PQA students also have the opportunity to participate in free, regional film festival events at flagship cinemas with screenings, masterclasses, workshops, and awards.

PQA’s National Film Awards is our high-profile red carpet screening event in London’s Leicester Square every two years.

PQA TV

PQATV.com, our very own online TV channel, serves as a platform for young filmmakers and actors to showcase short films. Students also broadcast their short films on our PQATV YouTube Channel.

PQATV.com is also the place for PQA to share news and developments in Film & Television with opportunities for young filmmakers such as: PQA Script to Screen, a week-long residential filmmaking course and One Minute to Save the World, a filmmaking initiative run in partnership with the Children’s Media Conference to offer industry mentoring for new talent.

PQATV also runs competitions for students throughout the year, such as the 5-week film challenge, 10-second film competition and our young screenwriting competition, where one lucky young filmmaker and their friends get to produce a short film based on their script with a professional crew.

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