Filmmaking Course for Beginners

What you'll learn

Learn to make a short movie with our film & video making short courses in Sydney!

Do you have a short film idea that you've been struggling to get off the ground? Are you interested in film festivals? This filmmaking for beginners course is designed to help you learn everything you need to know to take your film from concept to festival submission. It will introduce you to the collaborative nature of film production especially for those on the most micro of micro-budgets. Explore the short film format and collaborate on the making of original work, you will use specialist knowledge, relevant to your field of interest to contribute to the production and success of a film project.

Identify production roles, know your equipment and develop skills in visual storytelling using music, sound and lighting to maximise the impact of your work. If you are looking to gain a scalable understanding of the process of making a micro-budget film from start to finish, from concept through to festival submissions this short film course is for you!

Please note this beginners course is partnered with Filmmaking Course for Beginners: Shooting & Producing a Short Film. The script written by the group in this course is brought to life in the second class. Students are welcome to enrol in one filmmaking course or both.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this filmmaking course, you should be able to:

  • develop a simple script in collaboration with your peers
  • understand the pre-production processes of filmmaking
  • understand the various roles on a set and what suits your skillset
  • work within a budget to hire actors/actresses, secure locations and gear
  • create a basic storyboard and shot list to follow on the shoot day
  • produce your own short video or film (3 min length) and earn your first IMDB page credit

What will be covered in this filmmaking course?

Session 1: Introduction

An in-depth walkthrough of the filmmaking process covering the work we'll undertake and ascertaining student's interest in the individual roles in film production. Homework: Pitch your concept for a short (3 min) film.

  • Introduction to film-making from start to finish
  • Roles and responsibilities in the film-making process
  • What makes an effective short film
  • The "Elevator pitch"
  • Polishing your film idea
  • Creating a micro-budget film

Session 2: Screenwriting

Students will decide on a pitch and collaborate on creating a script for the film, following some guidelines on how to create a film that is effective to shoot on a small budget, within limited timelines.

  • Pitch session
  • How to write an expressive screenplay
  • Writers room - collaborating to create a script
  • Table reads
  • Final selection of project for the course

Session 3: Pre-production 1

Students will collaborate on a script breakdown, detailing what is needed for the shoot and create a preliminary shooting schedule and budget.

  • Table read of the final script
  • Script breakdown process
  • Editing to match your budget/resources
  • Creation of a shooting schedule
  • Creation of a budget

Session 4: Pre-production 2

Students will collaborate on storyboards for the finalised script and adjust the schedule accordingly, after which they will look to onboard key cast and crew, including learning about required contracts and agreements.

  • Create a shot list for the film
  • Create storyboards, based on the shot list
  • Create lighting maps/set designs as required by the storyboards
  • Clarify and lock in casting, required crew and additional resources for upcoming shoot dates

What to bring to class

  • Something to take notes on either notepad or tablet
  • Any ideas you have that might fit a simple micro-budget film

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Please be aware that there is a partner course for this course where students shoot the film written in this course: Film Making Course for Beginners: Shooting & Producing a Short Film. Enrol in any two film & video classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout.

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