Making Your First Short Film

FILM TV X 476.39

Understand the steps for creating your first successful short film, whether you are an aspiring director, writer, or producer. Learn the process, from pre-production all the way to post, followed by film screenings and more.

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Remote Instruction
Starting at $699.00
As few as 11 weeks
4.0

What you can learn.

  • Maximize the onscreen value of your project using available resources
  • Learn how to write, direct, and edit your own three- to five-minute short film
  • Understand the fundamentals of shooting and directing actors
  • Explore the basics of editing and outputting through various assignments
  • Critique and discuss all completed films during the last class

About this course:

Always wanted to make your own short film but thought you had no experience and no money? In this class for aspiring directors, writers, and producers, you use your own camera to learn how to write, produce, direct, and edit a three-to-five-minute short film. Emphasis is placed on maximizing the on-screen value of the project using available resources. The first part of the class is devoted to understanding the pre-production process, highlighting the role of the story, and providing an overview of affordable shooting equipment and editing technologies. You then develop and write your project, which is filmed outside of class. Instruction includes a primer on the fundamentals of shooting and directing actors, as well as the basics of editing and outputting assignments. The completed films are screened and discussed during the last class.
Prerequisites
Students must have access to a digital video camera and editing equipment and software.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Canceled
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Monday 6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Arkesh Ajay
378767
Fee:
$699.00
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Notes

No meeting May 31, 2021.

Students must have access to a camera and editing equipment. Internet access required.

COVID-19 Update: UCLA Extension is not currently issuing film letters to help students obtain film permits at a student rate on or off Campus. Assignments for this course will focus on exercises that you can film safely at home with minimal to no interaction with others or assignments that demonstrate understanding of the material being taught but require no filmmaking. If anything changes, enrolled students will be updated.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 11, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Mon Mar 29, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 5, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 12, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 19, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon Apr 26, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 3, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 10, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 17, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 24, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon May 31, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Mon Jun 7, 2021
6:30PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Future Offering (Opens April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM)
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Thursday 7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Location: Online
Instructor: Navid Sinaki
380915
Fee:
$699.00
See Details
Notes

Students must have access to a camera and editing equipment.

COVID-19 Update: UCLA Extension is not currently issuing film letters to help students obtain film permits at a student rate on or off Campus. Assignments for this course will focus on exercises that you can film safely at home with minimal to no interaction with others or assignments that demonstrate understanding of the material being taught but require no filmmaking. If anything changes, enrolled students will be updated. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 07, 2021
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Lecture
Thu Jun 24, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jul 1, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jul 8, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jul 15, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jul 22, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Jul 29, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Aug 5, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Aug 12, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Aug 19, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Aug 26, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online
Lecture
Thu Sep 2, 2021
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Online

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