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Summer Film School 2019

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Mon 29 Jul 2019


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ages 10-14




9am – 4pm

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Summer Film School 2019

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Summer Film School 2019

Exeter Phoenix and Four of Swords are proud to present the sixth edition of their hugely successful (and now international!) Summer Film School. This week long workshop (Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug) is aimed at kids aged 10 to 14 years old. It offers the chance to work with skilled filmmakers to create a professional short film from scratch in just one week!

Activities include:

  • Writing / Story-boarding / Devising
  • Set / Costume / Make-up Design
  • Acting! 
  • Camera Operation / Editing
  • Green Screen Work / Animation

You don’t need to be interested in ALL of these areas, but everyone will have the chance to try a bit of everything. Mostly, of course, it will be exhausting, enormous fun!

This year’s film school will centre on a stylish gangster / film noir interpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s classic samurai film Yojimbo (trust us, it’ll all make sense in the end!) and will once again be held at the marvellous and mysterious Poltimore House (Poltimore, Exeter, Devon EX4, 0AU). Each day will run from 9am – 4pm, with a dedicated lunch break.

The final film will premiere at Exeter Phoenix, where parents, family and friends will be able to see the finished film on the big screen.

Spaces are limited. As there are only 25 places available, early booking is advised for this popular workshop.


Four of Swords Theatre was founded in 2012, born of two friends’ determination to create sensational theatre, and right from the start the use of film projection in their theatre shows was integral to their work. Since 2014, they have combined their filmic and theatrical expertise for Exeter Phoenix’s Summer Film School and other filmmaking workshops including ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of How to Act on Film’. In 2018, Film School even went international, when Four of Swords took it to Shanghai, China. 

Four of Swords will once again be joined by experienced educator, writer and filmmaker Jon Seal. Jon is currently working on the edit of his feature length documentary about teachers imprisoned in Norway in WW2. 

For more information, and to see any and all of the previous years’ films, head here >>

Summer Film School 2018


Summer Film School 2018 – Behind The Scenes



Venue: Poltimore House

Poltimore, Exeter, Devon EX4, 0AU

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