The Video Mode rounds up some of the best workshops for filmmakers this month


Becoming a great filmmaker is all about soaking up as much knowledge as you can from other directors, videographers and cinematographers.

While watching as much as you can is a great way to do this, London also provides a hub for some of the best workshops around. The cost of these can sometimes be prohibitive but there are plenty of workshops, both free and paid-for, going on all the time across the capital.

The Video Mode has rounded up some of your choices this month, no matter what your price range and professional level.

Directors’ prep: Everything you need to know before you shout ‘Action!’

September 23 – 24, The London Film School, £250

The London Film School gives this masterclass for filmmakers who want to get an entry into directing or producing TV drama. The workshop is taught by director Jonas Grimås, who takes the participants through the steps of creating an already produced television screenplay from planning to read-through, checking off what problems you might face along the way.

His expertise will be great for aspiring TV directors, but it’s quite expensive so make sure to check whether this mini-course is relevant to you or not.

Find out more and book on their website.

Raindance VR experiences summit presented by Facebook 360

Friday September 29, The May Fair Hotel, £149 for general or £49 for students

This summit is ideal for filmmakers who want to get involved and start using the emerging tools of filmmaking – virtual reality and 360-degree video. Beginning at 10:00 am, it is a day of talks and panel discussions about the emerging tool for directors and creators.

While the day price is quite pricey, they do a great deal for students to attend for £49 rather than the general admission price of £149.

Book tickets on Eventbrite here.

How to develop your idea for a documentary

September 26, The Guardian, Kings Place, £49

The Guardian’s head of documentaries, Charlie Phillips, is giving a masterclass in how to develop, pitch and distribute your own documentary idea. It’s aimed at filmmakers in any stage of their career but they ask you to come along with ideas for documentaries you would like to make.

Book tickets on Eventbrite here.

Stop-motion animation with Tim Allen

September 16, London City Island, free

Learn to be like Italian stop-motion animator Stefano Bessoni     Credit: By Francesco Madeo via Wikimedia Commons

If you fancy yourself as a stop-motion animator, this free workshop could be for you. The class is led by Tim Allen, a stop-motion animator who has worked with Tim Burton on Corpse Bride and Frankenwenie. Designed for filmmakers looking to get into this kind of animation, you’ll spend the day creating plasticine figures and moving them very slowly.

Book your space by emailing, indicating the workshop. Spaces are free but limited.

Visual Storytelling with Josh Appignanesi

September 30, London City Island, free

This is another free workshop hosted on London City Island but this one will focus on the importance of visual storytelling with director Josh Appignanesi. Focused on how to tell stories through images, this workshop should appeal to the majority of filmmakers.

Book your space by emailing, indicating the workshop. Spaces are free but limited.

If you’re an amateur or early career filmmaker, also be sure to check out three film funding opportunities you can apply for right now.