The Short Film Project


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Next date:
17th/18th/19th April 6.30pm – 9pm and 21st April 10.00am – 5pm
Three weekday evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and one Saturday
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE

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About the Short Film Project

Plan and shoot a short film in one week

Hands down, the best way to learn filmmaking is to make films. With the ever-increasing accessibility of low-cost, high-quality digital cameras and editing suites, it is now easier to make short films than ever before. Learn the key processes and skills needed to plan and shoot short films by producing a short film in groups under the guidance of BAFTA-winning filmmaker Martin Gooch.

This course takes place over three weekday evenings, which will cover the planning and pre-production processes, and then one Saturday to shoot the short film. A script, actors and locations will be provided. Editing will take place after the course.

What will it cover?

  • Explanation of every crewmember’s role, from First AD to Key Grip
  • Hands-on, practical instruction on the use of camera and kit
  • Script read-through with professional actors
  • Hands-on, practical experience of each of the primary shooting roles
  • Introduction to shot lists and storyboards
  • Shooting scripted scenes with professional actors
  • Coaching from a professional cameraman and director
  • On-set etiquette
  • Introduction to production design
  • Use of props and costume
  • Step-by-step shooting guide
  • Blocking scenes
  • Basic film direction skills
  • Shooting to a schedule
  • Casting tips
  • Insider shooting tips and tricks
  • Explanation of film production jargon

What will you achieve?

On completion of the Short Film Project students will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the pre-production and production stages of short film making. They will also have gained the skills, knowledge and confidence to undertake their own short film projects. Students will receive a copy of the completed short film on DVD after it has been edited.

How will you be taught?

A mix of group work and practical instruction with tutor guidance. Students will acquire hands-on experience of shooting scenes in groups, and will also get the opportunity to try their hand at each of the key on-set roles, including Director, DoP and Boom Operator.

Who should attend?

The Short Film Project is suitable for beginner filmmakers, as well as those who are passionate about films but have not yet had the opportunity to make one themselves. It is also suitable for those seeking to refresh their existing knowledge.

About the tutor

Martin Gooch trained as a director at the BBC, starting off as a camera assistant in 1994. He has since worked on more than 200 broadcast TV projects, 13 feature films, and more than 500 hours of live television. His credits include EastEnders, Robot Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond and even The Muppets.

He has a master’s degree in screenwriting from University of the Arts London and has written fourteen feature films. His debut feature film Death won or was nominated for 8 awards at 10 film festivals, including winning Best Director and the Audience Award at The Bram Stoker Film Festival in 2012.

Martin directed the BAFTA-winning & Emmy-nominated SPOOKS Interactive, as well as episodes of Doctors and Hollyoaks. He is the only person to have won the BBC New Director award two years running.

What they’re saying

I really enjoyed the throw-you-in-at-the-deep-end approach to this course. The course was perfect for me as a first time short film maker. The information and practical aspects of filmmaking were delivered in an accessible way that 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 pretentiousness.
Bryony Cousins

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

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Martin and Raindance for organising this excellent practical filmmaking experience. It has made the whole filmmaking process a lot less scary; I can now confidently go into my next short film project with the knowledge of how to execute the main roles of directing, sound and lighting.
Manuel Gonzales

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