Before appearing on screen, a film goes through many stages of production: pitching an idea, writing a screenplay, shooting and editing – and these are just the basics!

During TUMO’s three levels of filmmaking workshops, students experience the whole filmmaking process and learn the skills and tasks associated with the core members of a production crew. Whether the film project is a documentary, feature-length narrative or short production, filmmaking is almost always a team effort. For this reason, a key skill for students to master in filmmaking is teamwork and the ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.



In this level, film theory and production are introduced to students. They learn the “language” of cinema through film screenings and discussions comparing different directors and auteurs. Students learn how to work with a camera and how to translate their vision into storyboards. They learn how to use Adobe Premiere video editing software, with which they experience editing small scenes they will have had the chance to shoot.

Upon successful completion of the course, students have a complete understanding of the entire film production process and have learned the basics of handling film equipment and using editing software. The first level is when the students really discover something new – they pay attention to something that they have never experienced before. Here’s where they know what they can actually do, and they even start doing that!



Students in the second level will develop an understanding of film rhythm and tempo. While working in groups, they’ll have a chance to direct short scenes, utilizing various camera angles and advanced editing techniques. A full scene with dialogue is shot, through which students get acquainted with sound and dialogue editing techniques.

In this level, tumonians not only have to master the tasks of camera operating, directing and editing, but also gain some acting experience! At the workshops, we have students that are 12 and, at the same time, those that are 20 years old. This age gap helps them to communicate and learn from each other.



By now, students have gained a lot of experience working in teams and mastering the sophisticated art of collaboration.

In the final filmmaking level, teens have a chance to work solo on developing their own film ideas. While studying the interplay between visuals, sound, music and pacing to unlock a film’s emotional and narrative potential, students work individually to create a short documentary film focusing on a specific subject or theme of their choosing. This phase is largely practical and involves working on location, and its choice is limited only by the imagination of students.

Even if students go on to choose a profession unrelated to the film industry, developing the ability to tell a good story, and distinguish a good film from a poorly executed one, is an important part of one’s education.

Students’ work developing their abilities as filmmakers does not stop after completing all three filmmaking levels. TUMO organizes learning labs where leading professionals from around the world work with tumonians to develop and improve their professional skills.
Student works

How is the training going

Self-learning activities are short, interactive exercises designed to inspire and build up skills. Coaches help with activities by getting learners unstuck, advising, and providing encouragement.

There are hundreds of activities to choose from, and most are prerequisites that lead to workshops in each learning target.
Workshops are led by specialists across TUMO Kyiv 8 learning targets. They range from beginner to advanced and culminate in individual or team projects.

Each project is published to the participant’s portfolio and is sometimes submitted to competitions and festivals, or published online and on app stores.
Project Labs
Project Labs are offered on an ad hoc basis by top technology and design professionals from around the world. Over 100 of these instructors come to TUMO centers every year to lead advanced labs and to work with TUMO teens on real life projects.

Labs can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months.
The TUMO path
TUMO’s innovative Path application combines activities, workshops and labs into a personal learning plan.

The learning plan is a constantly evolving timeline that can span two or more years. It suggests the best route for each learner to take through the TUMO program, and dynamically adapts to their pace and preferences over time. As teens progress through the timeline, completing projects and leveling up, they build up a portfolio of results that becomes their living diploma.


Other programs

In TUMO Kyiv you studу not 1, but 3 areas in parallel, to choose from!
Graphic Design
Graphic Design
3D Modeling
3D Modeling
Music Production
Game Development

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