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Archviz Course | The Guide to Architectural Short Films

A course by Adam Morgan, Architectural Director at Studio RBA.
An 8-part course that takes users of any skill level to a pro in the art of video production, creating cinematic architectural short films for exterior, interior and masterplan projects. Learn how to render your projects to the correct format, shot selection, camera paths, video editing basics and more.

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About this course

Embark on a creative journey into the world of architectural visualization with ArchAdemia’s Archviz Course: The Guide to Architectural Short Films. This comprehensive program is meticulously designed for architects, designers, and enthusiasts eager to master the art of crafting captivating architectural narratives through short films. Covering a broad spectrum from video footage creation, editing, VFX, SFX, to production basics, this course unfolds the essentials of making architectural visions cinematic.

Within this online animation course, you’re introduced to a structured syllabus that guides you from the foundational aspects of architectural filmmaking to the intricate details of post-production. Starting with an Introduction and Setup, where the groundwork for creating architectural short films is laid out, you swiftly move to understanding Project Overview & Camera Setup, setting the stage for what’s to come.

As you progress, Shot Selection & Rendering chapters delve deeper, revealing the secrets behind effective View & Scene Creation and dynamic Camera Movements & Clip Creation, culminating in the pivotal Rendering lesson where your creations start to take life.

The course’s final chapter on Video Editing is broken down into three comprehensive lessons, meticulously designed to equip you with the skills needed to edit your footage into a cohesive and engaging narrative. These lessons take you through the entire video editing process, ensuring you grasp the nuances of cutting, sequencing, and refining your architectural short films.

This online archviz course stands as one of the best animation courses, specifically tailored for those within the architectural field. It’s more than just learning software; it’s about unlocking a new dimension of architectural expression, enabling your projects to be not just seen, but truly experienced.

Join us at ArchAdemia and transform the way you visualize and present architecture. Through detailed tutorials, real-world project examples, and interactive learning modules, our architectural short film course ensures you come away with both the technical prowess and the creative insight to make your architectural designs resonate with audiences. Enroll now in our Archviz Course | The Guide to Architectural Short Films and start translating architectural visions into compelling cinematic experiences.

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Lesson 1 – Introduction (8:24). We start the course with an introduction to what’s in store, an amazing precedent short film to inspire our own results, the iconic project, and a few key principles to set us on the right path together.

Lesson 2 – Project Overview & Camera Setup (13:51). Before we dive into the meat of the course we dive deeper into the project and how we setup our cameras to show off the piece of architecture and what areas to focus on and what areas to avoid to not undermine the short film as a whole.

Lesson 3 – View & Scene Creation (24:52). The perfect short film showcases off the best parts of the project, and focuses on both the wide angles and close up details to let the viewer immerse themselves within the building and use their imagination. This lesson shows you how to achieve all of these angles, whilst picking the right lighting and mood per shot, creating scenes along the way ready for the video clips to be formed.

Lesson 4 – Camera Movements & Clip Creation (21:41). With the views & scenes set, we work through all of them to create short video clips that will be used to collate our film. The key advice here is to create subtle, smooth camera movements to keep the film classy and watchable for the viewer.

Lesson 5 – Rendering (7:27). In this final lesson of the CGI section, you’ll learn how to render out your clips in the most efficient, realistic way avoiding error and retaining your progress in case of computer crashes. Crashes are more common with animation rendering as you often have to let your machine render overnight, or several nights. By rendering in this way you can save your progress and kick off from the point your machine crashed.

Lesson 6 – Video Editing Part 1 (16:29). The final chapter covers all you need to know on video editing and pulling your renders together to create a beautiful short film. In this first instalment you’ll learn how to bring your rendered sequences into Adobe After Effects and some basic title effects to introduce your project.

Lesson 7 – Video Editing Part 2 (25:40). What makes a short film easy to watch is a series of clips that match the beat of the backing track. Here, you’ll learn how to source royalty free music, add this to your short film and cut clips perfectly to the backing track for a seamless & enjoyable watch. As an added bonus, you’ll also learn how to add sound effects such as rain noises that overlay nicely onto the backing track.

Lesson 8 – Video Editing Part 3 (9:08). We round the course off with some final tweaks to the short film and the perfect render settings to export your video to MP4 format, ready to upload to the likes of YouTube to distribute your work easily.

The importance of video.

In the visually rich landscape of architecture, showcasing projects through video format and cinematic short films is crucial. This medium goes beyond traditional architectural representations, offering an immersive experience that highlights not just the design but the emotional resonance of a space. Videos bring projects to life, showcasing their interaction with the surroundings and the intended atmospheric impact in a way static images cannot. In a digital-first world, these dynamic presentations capture attention, driving engagement and influencing perceptions effectively. Utilizing video and cinematic techniques for project demonstration is a powerful strategy for architects, elevating storytelling and enhancing the visibility of their work.

Meet your tutor - Adam Morgan | Architectural Director | Studio RBA

Hi, I’m Adam. I am the founder and director of Studio RBA, a team of 8 architects and CGI artists in the city centre of Liverpool, UK. The office is experienced in a wide range of building types and procurement routes, successfully winning projects with contract values of up to £80 million. We work for a broad spectrum of public and private sector clients across the country. I have always had a passion for teaching aspiring and young architects. I offer support to emerging young architects through the RIBA mentoring programme and am also a visiting architectural critic and tutor for Liverpool John Moores University.

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