Leeds, United Kingdom

Introduction to Special Effects in Filmmaking

when 2 July 2022 - 16 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 1820

Have you ever wondered how special effects are created and produced in films? This module provides an insight into special effects and the opportunity to develop practical filmmaking skills. You'll learn how to set up a digital camera, as well as frame and compose shots. You'll then learn how to record video shots against a green screen in a Television studio. With your recorded material you'll be taught how to use professional special effects software to create some animated sequences using your photographs and video shots. As you progress through the module you'll create a series of animations to produce a show reel of your own work. As well as developing your own skills you'll have the opportunity to explore special effects used in films and TV shows such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (2 - 30 July 2022). You can choose to study with us for two weeks or for the full four-week programme. Each module lasts two weeks so you study one module if you choose to attend for two weeks and two modules if you choose to attend for four weeks.

Course leader

John Edmonds

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Course aim

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate understanding of:
1. Basic grammar of shooting including shooting and lighting for green screen sequences.
2. The key stages of a project workflow including concept, development, planning and execution.
3. Basic requirements of filming including health & safety, copyright and permissions.
4. Basic animation techniques leading to intermediate 2D, 2.5D and 3D projects.

Credits info

5 EC
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 1820: Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is an all-inclusive programme. Included in the programme fee is tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday, module field trips, weekend excursions, social programme and The Edge sports centre membership. The cost of flights, insurance and visa is not included.


If you have a GPA of 3.2 or above (or equivalent) you're eligible to apply for a Merit scholarship worth up to £500. We are also looking for LISS Champions to receive a scholarship of £1000 while sharing their experiences of LISS via different platforms.