Filmmaking is perhaps the most demanding of the major forms of human expression. It is capital

intensive, cerebrally and emotionally challenging as well as technologically exacting.
In order to distil the teaching of the art and craft of film (for, crucially, it is both) in a six week
course, it is imperative to focus on the main purpose the world of moving pictures has found in it’s

century-long history: storytelling. Specifically, a kind of storytelling not based on expositional
words but utilising and appealing to the senses. For film, more-so than any other existing
medium engages more senses than any other.
Hence, the focus of this course is two-fold: that students learn the means, vocabulary and
language of cinematic storytelling - which is, essentially, sensory storytelling - and through the
passage of the course, acquire the basic technical skills necessary for the future of their personal and professional expression.


Week 1: The Birth of the Moving Picture
Day 1: Introduction to the history of film as moving picture, starting in 19th century France with
the Lumiere brothers and the social, technological and artistic evolution of a new medium through
the ‘silent’ era.
Day 2: Introduction to how a camera works by capturing light: the basics of lens selection, focus,
exposure etc. Interactive activity with camera and lights. Basic three-point lighting instruction and
Day 3: Introduction to and history of visual language, syntax and vocabulary - augmented by a
historical approach from the earliest dichotomy between the Lumiere brothers and Melies through
to the work of DW Griffith.

Week 2: Filmaking as three stages of production.
Day 1: The writing process - introduction to script form and execution. Instruction of story, plot
and character arc and development.
Day 2: The shoot - introduction to how a film set works and functions with its many moving parts.
Augmented by interactive in class activity.
Day 3: The editing process - basic vitals of shot analysis, selection and pairing.

Week 3: The Two Senses - Sound and sight.
Day 1: Sight - introduction to the concept of mise-en-scene and its many utilisations, executions
and effects in film.
Day 2: Sound - introduction to the use of sound in film - dialogue and SFX.
Day 3: Music - an exploration of the many uses of diegetic and non-diegetic music and score in

Week 4: Performance
Day 1: Directing actors - the basics of cinematic performance with a basis in the ‘methods’ of
Stanislavsky, Stella Adler and Meisner.
Day 2: Interactive directing actors workshop where students take turns directing each other or
acting students in given cinematic scenarios. ASSIGNMENT: The creation and direction of a 4
minute ‘silent’ scene where students will script, enact and edit a short scene without dialogue or
music. Black and white.
Day 3: Playback and analysis of scene assignment.

Week 5: Writing, Filming and Editing - A closer look.
Day 1: A study and breakdown of the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
Day 2: The American Renaissance in the 1970s: a study and exploration of the work of American
‘auteurs’ such as Coppola, Scorsese and Terrence Malick.
Day 3: The evolution of film language in Bollywood leading to an analysis of the ‘commercial’
landscape of the new Pakistani cinema.

Week 6: Making a Movie
Day 1: Preparing the students to make a short 5 minute film through the mechanics of preproduction
and production. Assignment: prepare and film a short film.
Day 2: Editing - students will be guided through the multifarious editing process of their creations.
Day 3: Final review and feedback of short film assignment


It is recommended to have your own DSLR Camera


Note: This course is aimed at individuals ranging from complete beginners to individuals with up to 3 years of job experience in their field.

Instructor Profile :


Umar Riaz is a Student Academy Award nominated filmmaker, born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and currently based in New York City and Lahore, Pakistan. In 2009 he graduated with a degree in English Literature and Cinema Studies from New York University's College of Arts and Science. He then graduated from the Graduate Film Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he was awarded an Ang Lee Scholarship for 'exceptionally talented graduate film students.' His award winning films have screened at film festivals internationally including at the 65th Locarno Film Festival, the 20th Raindance Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, Cinequest, HBO and BET's Urbanworld Film Festival amongst several others. He was Artistic Consultant for director Terrence Malick on 'Knight of Cups' (2016) and as well as an Additional Editor for Mr Malick's  film 'Song to Song' (2017).

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

Time: 7pm-9pm

Duration: Six consecutive weeks starting from  March 20th. 2019


  • Upon successful completion of the course with at least 80% attendance in the classes, you will be awarded with a certificate of attendance.

  • If you need a detailed document listing your contribution in lectures, seminars, including contact hours and the grades you were awarded on each assignment, please contact:


  • All participants will be issued their smartcards in the first class. 

  • During your course, please bring along your smartcard and CNIC to ensure entry into LUMS campus

  • Students are only allowed to be on campus one hour before and after the class. Failure to abide by these timings will result in the security team calling you.

  • The smart cards are non-transferrable. Giving your smartcard to anyone else for use (friends, family etc.) will be charged as misuse of identification.

  • In case of damage or loss of the smart card, the participant will be required to submit a fine of PKR 1000.

  • It is obligatory for all participants to return their smartcards in their last class in order to get their certificates at the Graduation Ceremony.

Lifetime Learning @LUMS is excited to announce that we are now offering accommodation for our Session 4 Participants in Askari 11 (Near Bedian Road), Lahore. Details of the accommodation are below;

- Every apartment comprises of 2 bedrooms, 2 attached washrooms, 1 study room, 1 kitchen and a lounge
- Each room will be shared by 2 participants
- Charges per person are PKR 1000 per night
- All apartments are fully furnished
- Participants above the age of 18 years (i.e. CNIC holders) are eligible to apply for accommodation
- LUMS will be providing free transportation to LUMS for the residents

please email us at for all your accommodation related queries.


PKR: 18,500


  • 10% Early bird discount

  • 20% off to the LUMS community i.e. LUMS students, alumni (including LLL alumni), staff, and faculty

  • 20% off to the LUMS community members’ family i.e. spouses and children

  • The following Group Discounts are offered:

  • -2 participants get 10% off each,

  • -3 participants get 15% off each, and

  • -If more than 3 participants apply, they get 20% off each.

Note: Please note that compound discounts are not applicable, and if you are eligible for two discounts then only the greater discount offering will apply.

We have limited seats, so hurry up & book your slot by making a partial payment of PKR 2000 only!


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Lifetime Learning @LUMS Refund Policy

Withdrawal from the Programme:

  • If a participant finds it necessary to withdraw from the programme before the commencement of classes, he/she must inform the Lifetime Learning @LUMS Management ( in writing, seven (7) working days before the commencement of the session.

  • In case a participant wishes to withdraw from the Programme after the commencement of classes, he/she may appeal to the Lifetime Learning @LUMS Management seven (7) working days before the commencement of the session by providing a genuine reason (such as sickness, family emergency etc.) with evidence.

Admission Cancellation:

  • For the applicants who do not make a complete payment or withdraw from the course due to any reason, the registration fee of PKR. 2000 will not be refunded.

  • If a course is cancelled by the management, the participants can demand a complete refund (including the registration payment).

Separation / Suspension:

  • If a participant is suspended from the Programme due to disciplinary reasons, the dues deposited by him/her for the course semester will not be refunded.

  • The University reserves the right to change its policies and fee structure at any time.

  •  The amount will be refunded within two weeks on receipt of refund application along with all required documents.

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Once you make the payment, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 to 48 working hours and your payment status will automatically get updated.


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  • Submit all assignments and projects given to you on time.             


To be eligible for a course at the Lifetime Learning at LUMS you must meet following criteria:

  • A good grasp of basic English language as most of the Lifetime Learning courses will be taught in English.

  • Minimum age requirement of 15+ years.

LUMS treats all students alike regardless of their disabilities. We try to assist all students with disabilities as much as possible and encourage them to come and grow with us. People with disabilities are requested to let us know of any special needs well in advance, so that there are no problems on the day they join the course.

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