The Short Film Project

This course will teach you how to make a short film. By the end of the course you will have planned and shot a short film.

The Short Film Project
April 21, 2015
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Martin Gooch
3 Evenings and 1 Shoot Day
Raindance Film Centre
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10 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE, United Kingdom

This course comprises of three evenings and a shoot day:
21-23 April (6:30 - 9:30pm)
Shoot Day - Saturday 25 April (9:30am - 6pm)

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Plan and Shoot a Short Film in One Week!

Nowadays there is no excuse not to make the short film you have been telling your friends and family you are going to make for the last five years.

With the rise of digital cameras and editing, and the amount of actors out there, it is actually easier to make a short film, than explain to people why you haven’t made it. The only way to learn about film making is to make films.

This course takes place over three evenings and then a one-day shoot. The three evenings will cover planning and pre-production of the short film, and the day will be spent completely shooting the short film.

NB. Editing etc, will take place after the course has finished.
A script, locations and actors will be provided.

The course will cover:

  • An explanation of every crewmembers role from 1st AD to grip
  • Hands on instruction on the use of camera and kit
  • Hands on practical experience of each of the main, on-set shooting roles
  • Shooting actual scripted scenes with actual actors
  • On set, coaching from a professional Cameraman and Director
  • On set discipline and shoot etiquette
  • Introduction to shot lists/storyboards
  • Use of props props etc
  • Step by step guide to shooting
  • Read through with actors
  • Blocking
  • Basic direction skills
  • Shooting to schedule
  • Casting tips
  • Working with actors
  • Shooting tips and secrets.
  • Explanation of jargon and de-mystification

Who Should Attend

Anyone who has a basic understanding of how to shoot but has yet to make a short film. People in other departments (sound, production, editing etc) who feel they want to know more about actual film making rather than just talking about it all day long. Anyone thinking about making their own short film, but lacking experience and confidence – Do this course first and then your short film will be a thousand times better. *

Also people who are passionate about films, but have never had the opportunity to actually make one – it is never too late to start!

*Raindance cannot guarantee that your short film will be a thousand time better, but it will be heaps better, which is still a lot.

What They Are Saying

I really enjoyed the 'throw you in at the deep end' approach to the course, it was exciting and challenging. The tone of the course was perfect for me as a first time short film maker. The information and practical aspects of film-making were delivered in an accessible way and didn't alienate those with a lack of experience or knowledge of film-making jargon. It was all delivered with a sense of humour and a complete lack of arty pretentiousness which was refreshing!
Bryony Cousins

Huge amount of content but taught well in lucid and manageable style, with a good balance of theory and practical.
Abby Chicken

Loved the teacher's ability to teach, sense of humour and approachability!
Christina Bucher

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Martin Gooch

About Martin Gooch

Martin Gooch is a BBC Trained Director. He started off as a Camera assistant in 1994 and has since worked on more than 200 broadcast TV projects, 13 feature films, and more than 500 hours of live TV. He has worked on Big Brother, East Enders, Robot-Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond and even the Muppets. He has been on tour with Kylie, the Foo Fighters and even Britney.

Gooch is the only person in the world to have been a winner with BBC Talent two years running. He has made more than 20 short films and pop promos, many of which have been screened at festivals across the globe.

Gooch directed the BAFTA winning and EMMY Nominated Spooks interactive (BBC/Kudos) and has directed Doctors (BBC1) and Hollyoaks (C4).

He has a Masters degree in screenwriting form LCC – The university of the Arts and has written fourteen feature films – one a year every year.

His debut feature film DEATH won or was nominated for 8 awards at only 10 film festivals, including winning Best Director and The Audience Award at The Bram Stoker Film festival 2012.

His latest movie the british sci-fi comedy The Search for Simon is currently doing the festival rounds.

He has two feature films in development Alice on Mars, based on the book by Robert Rankin and Deathtrap Dungeon based on the multi Million selling fighting fantasy game-books by gaming legend Ian Livingstone.