Making a Short Film 101 Part 1: General Overview

  • Georgia State University - Classroom South 107 95 Decatur St Atlanta, GA
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SO YOU WANT TO MAKE A SHORT FILM? INTRODUCTION TO THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS IN THE FILMMAKING PROCESS 

You have an idea for a short film. Or, you may be currently stalled on the story in progress for a short film that should be underway. This class will cover the soup to nuts overview of the questions you need to ask yourself as a filmmaker to ensure the idea for your short film is worthwhile, and the essential steps you need to take to move into the planning and production phase of your short film. This class will provide:

  • A checklist of questions to ask yourself about the idea behind your film to truly vet it as worthwhile
  • Guidance on the team members you should have in place from step one
  • Preparatory steps you should take to familiarize yourself with short films as an independent medium to ensure a tight and efficient production 
  • Tips for funding and creating the timeline and plan to ensure a definite start and end date to your film

Hand-outs and examples of supporting materials will be provided. As needed, the instructor will also make recommendations for outside reading resources.


Whether you’re a novice dreaming of making his first movie or an experienced filmmaker looking to jumpstart her next project, your next short film could very well be the calling card that begins to get you noticed at film festivals. Make sure you know what you’re doing before rolling camera on your next project by gaining the experience and developing the skills that can only be learned by working on the set of a production for which you’re entirely responsible. 

Led by former Screenwriting mentor Kathy Cabrera, this exclusive Atlanta Film Festival 365 lecture series will take place over the course of four classes between early October and mid-November 2013. 

Tickets for one or all of the classes in this series can be purchased through Eventbrite. 

 

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