We offer workshops, discussions, screenings and lectures on all things film. These cover a diverse range of genres and delve into cinema from all corners of the world; from much loved classics to emerging talents. All our courses are accessible and suitable for all levels of experience and knowledge.

Most of our courses take place in our studio and all are run by experienced teachers and professionals.

We will also be relaunching our online selection of discussions and lectures again soon; that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

If you have any questions about any of our courses or clubs please get in touch via: [email protected]

Upcoming courses & clubs

As well as having an encylopedic knowledge of the documentary form, Wilma De Jong has owned an independent film company for 13 years and has worked as a researcher, scriptwriter, editor, director and producer on many documentaries of her own. Holding an MA, she currently teaches Media Practise at Sussex University.

 

Wilma’s Documentary Club 

Documentary film and discussion.

Cost: £10 for film and post film discussion.

It’s official! Wilma will be back for a new season after the summer.

 

Robert Senior is launching a new genre club in June showcasing the war film genre. The talks and screenings are based on modern conflicts since the first world war.

The course sessions will run for 45 minutes, at 18:30 on Wednesday evenings starting June 1st, then continuing on the 8th, 15th and 22nd. There will be a film screening after each course session – tickets for the course and films must be booked seperately.

 

PAUSE: Introduction To Digital Photography

Practical  4 week course in digital photography.
4 Wednesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
29 June, 6 July, 13 July & 20 July

Cost: £70

Whether you are a beginner or want to improve your skills, this four week course will leave you confident taking images you are proud to share; and just in time for your summer holidays.

Led by Kate Swanson, a qualified teacher and working photographer, who will fully guide you through operating your digital camera as well as understanding the fundamentals of photography; using films for creative inspiration along the way. There will be opportunities to ask questions, as well as lots of practical exercises to take home. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO 

Manual vs Autofocus + focal points.

Compositional techniques

White Balance.

Techniques such as panning, zoom burst, painting with light.

The digital workflow (capture, organise, edit and share).

Equipment, including different lenses.

YOU WILL NEED YOUR OWN DSLR CAMERA. Please email [email protected] with the make and model number if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.

Feedback from Kate’s last Depot Course:

“Thanks for a fantastic four weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found that the skills learnt in the beginners were an excellent preparation for the intermediate course. Kate knows how to balance theory and practice perfectly so nothing feels overwhelming.”
 
“A great introduction to the huge potential to be creative with my camera. I feel I could now decide what I’d like to create and know how to have a go.”

Julian Bowker has been teaching film and film theory for over 30 years. For a time he was also an Education Officer at the BFI (British Film Institute) where his role was to encourage an ongoing appreciation of film and help develop media literacy across audiences.

Talking Pictures

Film discussion.
Last Monday of the month, early evening screening.

Cost: regular ticket prices + £3 for post film discussion. 

A new club for anyone who likes to talk film. 

Ever wanted to explore your immediate impressions of a film with others ? In this monthly session, Julian invites you to share your own observations in the convivial setting of the Depot studio. Julian will lead the sessions – no previous knowledge of the films or theory required!  Develop your own understanding of film and film language; discuss themes, cinematography, production design, performance, editing…. All welcome.

The first Talking Pictures screening will be on Monday 22 Aug, the film will be selected and announced here the week before.

Julian Bowker has been teaching film and film theory for over 30 years. For a time he was also an Education Officer at the BFI (British Film Institute) where his role was to encourage an ongoing appreciation of film and help develop media literacy across audiences.

REWIND: Introduction to Film Theory 

Film theory and appreciation.
4 Tuesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
6, 13, 20 & 27 September

Cost: £60 

A four week introduction to the basic principles of film appreciation

Join Julian Bowker as he explores the vocabulary of film, helping you to develop your general knowledge and understanding of film theory and practice. The course will be a mix of presentation and group based activities, with lots of opportunity to share your own opinions, and will use a range of examples and film extracts.

Week 1: Representation – how do filmmakers present their ideas, fictional or factual, through the language of film – sound and vision?
Week 2: Genre – how do we identify, categorise and classify the range of film forms available to us today? How have genres evolved? How far is genre a useful concept?
Week 3: Narrative – how are stories told using narrative film form? How are myths and fairy stories used in film? What are the typical structures and patterns of film form?
Week 4: Audiences – what difference do audiences make to what gets made? How does our understanding of film depend on cultural context? How do films change meaning over time?

PAUSE: Intermediate DSLR Photography

Practical  4 week course in digital photography.
4 Wednesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
21 September, 28 September, 4 October & 12 October

Cost: £80

If you know your aperture from your nose and that ISO isn’t something you’ll find on a tax invoice then this Intermediate Photography Course is for you.

Led by Kate Swanson, a fully qualified teacher and working photographer, this course is aimed at those who know how to operate their camera in manual mode; a perfect choice for those having taken Kate’s popular Introduction to Digital Photography and are looking to take your photography to the next level. This course explores more advanced digital camera settings and compositional techniques to allow you to take your photography to the next level.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

A quick refresher of the exposure triangle 
Conquering Exposure and understanding light
Overview of the photographers toolkit 
Exposure compensation 
Metering systems 
Focus 
File types 
Master shooting in low level lighting conditions 
How to read and use the histogram 
Principles of what makes an image successful 
Compositional techniques

YOU WILL NEED YOUR OWN DSLR CAMERA. Please email [email protected] with the make and model number if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.

Feedback from Kate’s last Depot Course:

“Just a note to say loved the course, the content, delivery, pace was perfect for me AND I can’t believe I can use full manual after only 3 sessions and have a renewed interest in taking pictures.