Film in a Day

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This unique team building activity is a highly immersive experience, that will bond your team as they focus on a creative project like no other.

What is Film in a Day?

Film in a Day is the CIPD nominated team experience that gives your team the unique, creative experience of making their own short film or trailer in just one day. 

The day is focused 100% on your team and tailored to suit them.

Under professional guidance, your team will take on the challenge of becoming a film crew for a day. They will manage and deliver the project from start to finish. 

There are three phases to this 1-day activity:


  • Story Creation – choose a genre and come up with characters and a story
  • Character Development – identify and flesh-out your key characters
  • Storyboard Planning – decide the shots and the way you want the story to be told
  • Location Planning and Project Management – agree roles and team approach to the project
  • Using the kit – crash course in using professional film equipment (including camera, sound and lighting).


  • Shoot! – hit the streets and head to internal and external locations to bring your vision to life


  • Editor’s brief – your team sets a brief for our editor including film title, reviews, credits and music.
  • Editing – the City Academy team will collate your footage, take your brief and edit to create a short video of 2-4mins.

How long is the day?

There is a lot to get through to help you create a short film or trailer. As such, your team will need 5-6 hours for this experience.

Bringing a creative vision to life is an absorbing and inspiring experience. This activity aims to build confidence and boost team morale, allowing participants to share the experience of exploring new roles including acting, writing, filming and editing. Your team will have to support one another and will leave the workshop with a tangible, unique product of their own. It is an excellent leveller - CEOs becomes sound-recordists, graduates become Film Directors and siloed teams are forced to communicate on a set creative project outside of their regular routine.

What to bring?

When you take on our 'Film in a Day' team challenge, you only need to bring yourselves as City Academy will provide all the ingredients including professional digital cameras, sound and lighting equipment, an experienced filmmaker and tutor, and a studio setting in an area to suit you.

Develop teamwork

Creating a film requires teamwork, cooperation, and collaboration – all of which are essential skills in project management. Other transferable skills include effective planning, time management and the conceptualisation and delivery of creative ideas. Our 'Film in a Day' experience takes your employees out of their comfort zone and into an enjoyable, innovative atmosphere where creativity is king.

Find out why CIPD also think that Film in a Day works for businesses here. City Academy were Finalists in the CIPD People Management Awards in 2017.


Tailored for your team

There are many options for our 'Film in a Day' workshop, including the opportunity to create movie trailers, sitcoms, adverts and music videos. When enquiring, we will discuss with you the different options available to find the best, most enjoyable and effective choice for your team based on their unique personalities, interests, and skills, as well as your corporate ethos and targets.

Benefits for Business?

  • Leave regular roles behind and do something completely different
  • Fine-tune group communication skills
  • Develop and refine project management skills
  • Work on a fast-paced, creative project
  • Build ideas and work creatively as a team
  • Boost creativity by creating a film from start to finish
  • Learn to think on your feet and adapt to situational changes

For more information or a FREE consultation, please call us on 0207 042 8833 or email


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