Making Your First Short Film
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.
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.
Winter 2021 Schedule
These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.
Students must have access to a camera and editing equipment. Internet access required.