Filmmaking Course for Beginners: Shooting & Producing a Short Film | Sydney Short Courses

Filmmaking Course for Beginners: Shooting & Producing a Short Film

What you'll learn

Continue learning how to make a short video with our film & video making courses in Sydney!

Do you have a short film idea that you want to shoot but you don't know where to begin? This Filmmaking Course for Beginners is designed to show any beginner the filmmaking process from start to finish. On this course, you will learn to identify production roles, know your equipment, and develop skills in visual storytelling using music, sound and lighting to maximise the impact of your work. You will use specialist knowledge, relevant to your field of interest to contribute to the production and success of a film project.

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 course is partnered with Filmmaking Course for Beginners. The script written by the group in the Filmmaking Course for Beginners is brought to life in this class. Students are welcome to enrol in either course or both.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Undertake practical exercises in shooting and editing a short film
  • Work collaboratively in a team to make a short film from start to finish
  • Build knowledge of the various production roles and try your hand at a range of skills on set
  • Learn the basics of the post-production process

Course content

What will be covered in this filmmaking course?

Session 1: Shoot planning

A final pre-production session where roles and responsibilities will be allocated.

  • Final review of pre-production materials (schedules, storyboards and script)
  • Location scouting
  • Location design and set dressing plans
  • Lighting plans
  • Allocation of roles and responsibilities for shoot day (including any outstanding external cast and crew)
  • Training session with the camera gear and lighting to be used on the shoot day
  • Film set etiquette crash course

Session 2: Shooting (on location)

A full, standard shoot day with actors, equipment and craft services. Students will experience multiple roles on set and complete shooting for their film.

Session 3: Post-production 1 - Editing

Editing Students will collaborate on the "assembly cut" of the film, learning how to ingest files, sync sound, select takes and sequentially edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. Students with an interest in editing will be provided with the initial files and encouraged to submit their own cut of the film the following week.

  • How to get all your files onto a computer and into a usable format (in Adobe Premiere Pro)
  • Review and select takes
  • Craft an "assembly cut" from the footage
  • Basic editing terminology, cuts and techniques

Session 4: Post-production 2 - Music & sound, grade & titles

Students will collaborate on the final steps of post-production, refining their cut into a polished final product with music, sound effects, colour grade and titles.

  • How to score a film and manage rights for low budget productions
  • Students will each be provided with a "fine cut" of the film and access to a large database of music and encouraged to create a unique mood and energy by scoring the film
  • Where to find and how to add sound effects and foley to your film
  • How to colour grade a film (in Premiere) and create mood, intertextuality and story using colour
  • Selecting typefaces, fonts and how to integrate titles into your film

Session 5: Credits, chain of title, festival submissions & distribution

Students will be taught the process of ensuring all agreements are in place for the final cut of the film, as well as given guidance on how to submit their future projects to film festivals and seek distribution.

  • How to add credits to your film (and ensure they are accurate)
  • Collection and ratification of cast and crew agreements
  • Distribution channels for short films
  • How to submit to festivals
  • How to protect your rights in online distribution

Course venue 

Rozelle Campus

2A Gordon Street, Rozelle NSW 2039 (corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd on the grounds of St. Joseph's Church)

Course materials

Equipment provided

  • Sony A7sii Camera
  • Samyang CinePrime lens set
  • Heavy-duty film tripod
  • Ninja Ronin V Monitor/Recorder
  • Aputure LED Panel Lights (various), bounces and reflectors
  • Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal
  • Smoke machine
  • Dolly
  • A professional sound recordist will be on set with his recording kit, including boom and lavalier microphones (and sync sound unit)2x Sony AS7iii
  • 27 inch iMac Computer Room
  • Premiere Pro editing software

Course tutors

Richard is a film-making jack of all trades who has worked in corporate, film and web series. Over the last five years, he has worked as a writer, DP, editor, production manager and producer. ...

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Please be aware that there is a partner course for this course where students write the film shot in this course: Film Making Course for Beginners. Enrol in any two film & video classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout. Please also note the mixed schedule for this course.

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