Free taster day for pucker film courses this Friday (1st), The Hurricane Film Institute

The Hurricane Film Institute is offering 13 week and 20 week (30 day)  courses in quality filmmaking on a budget.  Including scriptwriting, storyboarding, cinematography and video editing, at  ridiculously affordable prices.

The course will cover:

Making release quality work on a budget

Preproduction planning and software

Scriptwriting, creative writing, shooting schedules and shot lists

Blocking, casting and rehearsing (recruiting real actors)

Cinematography, Mise-en-scène

Learn to shoot with the Canon 7D/ Sony Hvrz1

Post production

Apple Mac / Final Cut editing

The art of Foley. Scoring for picture

You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience within the industry working with actual filmmakers, and the chance to showcase your own film at the Greenwich picture house.

You don’t need your own camera or software and can gain hands on experience with our industry standard equipment, including and Canon 7D and Final Cut.

Our programmes are perfect for those that cannot raise the sort of money the Film Academy requires, but still want up to date, relevant film making tuition.


“I now know more than ever before about pre-production – production, post production – delivery! I learned something new every week.” – George Chin, Film Making Graduate, (Director)

“Tutor is excellent – a thoroughly enjoyable experience taught by people who have a great deal of knowledge and expertise. Friendly atmosphere that allows anyone to learn, really accessible and informative. Got a job working as a cameraman off the back of the course!” – John Babb, Film Making Graduate, (Film Maker, Cameraman)

“I Want More! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity course and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in making films” – Peatrice Baldry, Film Making Graduate, (Writer, Director)

“We’ve hit the ground running. I’ve found it good that we’ve been able to put the practical into operation. Makes learning fun as well as practical.. Look forward to coming in! ” – Lorraine Archer, Film Making Graduate, (Film Maker)


Or call 02086911900 for our admin team

Carnival Volunteers, The Clement James Centre London

Make a difference to your CV this summer by volunteering with our

Summer Carnival Arts Programme

Date and time:

Carnival design Club – weekly Wednesday sessions, 3:30-5:pm on the 6th June, 13th, and 20th  June

Carnival Arts –Art & Design & Music Weeks: 10:30am-4:00pm on the 25th- 29th July, 8th -12th Aug, 22nd – 26th Aug.  (It is possible to volunteer for mornings or afternoons, please contact the Carnival Arts coordinator)

Location: Clement James Centre, 95 Sirdar Road, North Kensington, London, W11 4EQ. Latimer Road Tube closest, Holland Park tube 7 minute walk.


Clement James Centre plan to run a summer carnival arts programme for young people aged 8-18, culminating in participation at Notting Hill Carnival. The workshops will provide an opportunity for young people to come and learn about carnival and work on their creativity through costume design and construction.

Volunteers would be expected to help with the design, creation and decoration of costumes for each young person participating in the carnival.  They will also be taking part in song writing, dance and singing workshops and helping to design and making banners to decorate the vehicle that accompanies us on the carnival route.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in a long term project that fully develops young people’s artistic ability. Our Carnival Band relies heavily on volunteers like yourselves to help out and it will make a great difference to the young people and their costumes to have your support


If you would like to volunteer you will need to attend a training session on either Tuesday  28th June 5.30pm – 7pm or

Thursday 30th June 10.30am -11.30am.

Places are filling up fast- enhance your skills and boost your CV.

Email Michelle asap to book yourself in.

Open Exhibition 2011 for all animation artists

WHO: All over the age of 16 are welcome to apply and multiple applications are accepted. There are no geographical restrictions. Individual and group applications are welcome and artists are encouraged to apply.

WHAT: Artists and animators at all stages of their careers are invited to submit animation work for Salisbury Arts Centre’s 2011 Open Exhibition. A panel of professionals in the field will select the most engaging, inventive and well executed of entries across the spectrum of animation techniques.

WHEN: Deadline for entries: 2 September 2011. The exhibition will run from 29 September-5 Novemebr 2011

PAYMENTS: The most popular exhibited works (by public vote) will receive a cash prize.

DETAILS: Entries could be drawn, stop motion, computer generated or even flick books – any medium you choose. We are looking for recent work with a contemporary and informed approach; your ideas, aesthetic and your way of expressing them are key. The theme is ‘animating me’.

APPLY: For an application form, e-mail with ‘Animation Open’ in the subject line, or call 01722 343020. The completed form should be sent along with your entry

Django a another one to learn

Some web design teachers need to get on the ladder and really keep up to date with the technology, I am glad I do because my students are gaining so much. So here we go my next learning for curve is Django, if you are ready for the trauma; python is the learning curve. I think we should all jump on the bandwagon because that is where the skilled web developers earn. And we help students getting golden knowledge, with golden ops. So the next month or so, I will learn about Dango and share the knowledge. Dango is not new though; it’s been out since 2005, but I just could not keep up to date with PHP, CSS etc…, Now that I am ok with Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and the rest, I am drinking out of the knowledge fountain.

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.

Developed by a fast-moving online-news operation, Django was designed to handle two challenges: the intensive deadlines of a newsroom and the stringent requirements of the experienced Web developers who wrote it. It lets you build high-performing, elegant Web applications quickly.

Django focuses on automating as much as possible and adhering to the DRY principle.

Dive in by reading the overview →

When you’re ready to code, read the installation guide and tutorial.