At a glance
- Find out how to make a short from pre-production to post production
- Learn how to best approach your short’s narrative
- Taught by a working industry professional
The short film is an art form in its own right. From mastering the shortest unit in filmmaking—a scene with a beginning, middle and end—to developing the concept for a short film, this 5-session intensive beginners’ course covers the basic tools a filmmaker needs in order to write and direct a successful first short.
What Will You Learn?
Week 1: Introduction into the shortest form of storytelling
- Learn how to use the concept of narrating a short film through an A-plot and a B-plot.
- Deepening your understanding of theme and character.
- Introducing the idea of how backstory and context inform character, and how they can be used to create three-dimensional protagonists on-screen.
- First camera and directing exercise: how to capture text and subtext.
Week 2: First steps as audio-visual storytellers
- Critique and analysis of the first camera and directing exercise: focus on how very simple camerawork has the power to create text and subtext through shot selection, framing, and montage.
- Develop your initial ideas for a short film together.
- Second camera and directing exercise: learn how to capture the emotions of characters visually and how to create an intimate connection between the audience and the protagonists on screen.
Week 3: Developing our voice as storytellers
- Introduction to the concept of dilemma and conflict as the dramatic engines driving a short film.
- Critique and analysis of the second camera and directing exercise: learn how to frame characters so that the audience understands their thoughts and emotions.
- Discover conflicts and develop dilemmas in your individual short films ideas and learn how to put them on paper.
- Third exercise: learn how to write a scene with a beginning, middle, and end.
Week 4: From the idea to a first storyline
- Critique of the third exercise: learn how to tell the shortest story unit—a scene with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
- Deepen your understanding of text and subtext by analysing the short film concepts.
- Introduction into basic editing in very simple steps.
- Fourth exercise: camera, directing, and editing exercise. Shoot a scene with a beginning, middle, and end.
Week 5: Intermediate filmmaking
- Critique of the fourth exercise: learn how to understand the power of lensing and film montage as tools to tell a story with an emotional impact.
- How to use two characters to create conflict and strong dilemmas on-screen.
- Presentation of the outlines of your short film ideas, and how to write your first script.
- A final outline of the next steps to take as filmmaker.
Who Should Attend?
This course focusses on the very basics of storytelling and the first steps in making a career in the film industry through the development of a successful short film.
It is meant for beginners would like to learn the craft of the film director. Additionally, it is of interest for writers, producers, and members of other departments who want to transition into directing.
About the Tutor
Daniel Carsenty is a writer and director, with over 10 years of experience working in the TV and film industry. His first film After Spring Comes Fall won the award for best feature at the Vilmos Zsigmond Festival in Sziget, Hungary. Daniel began his career as a TV journalist for RTL and n-tv in Cologne. He later studied at the Konrad Wolf film university in Potsdam-Babelsberg where he wrote and directed several shorts and a highly successful trailer for the Cottbus Film Festival.
His first feature After Spring Comes Fall was nominated for three First Steps Awards in 2015 and premiered at the GIFF in Gothenburg. Daniel co-directed a TV documentary for ARTE and BBC Arabic about undocumented labourers in the Middle East and is finishing the post-production of his second feature, a documentary about human trafficking. His TV-series Hades is currently in the development stage. As a fellow of the American Film Institute, he lives in Los Angeles, where he is writing his third feature film script.
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