Making a short film is the rite of passage for many new filmmakers. If you have never made a short film, now is the time.


Not only are there a gazillion film festivals that offer a short movie program, but with websites like YouTube, you have the ability to reach a global audience.

While I can’t say that the economics of short movie making has improved dramatically, the emergence of crowdfunding, festivals and internet based video platforms offers hope.

But regardless, you’re a filmmaker. And making a short film is a great training ground for getting your feature made, seen and sold.

If you haven’t yet made a short, my suggestion is to get started!

For your first few movies, don’t spent time worrying about lighting or special effects. Just learn how to utilize your limited resources and make something cool out of nothing.

You next step is to get an idea for a short.

I suggest you focus on a story you can tell in three minutes or less.

Just remember, the more you practice, the better you get.

Keep in mind that your short film will probably end up on YouTube.

So if you can be funny and get Internet viewers to share your movie with other people who will then share your movie with other people, you will have achieved a great thing.

At you can arrange for one to one tuition at your pace, place and time.

Week 1


  • Why make a short film
  • Story ideas
  • Any actors in the class
  • Group project or individual?
  • Resources
  • Cameras,
  • Green screen
  • Teacher
  • iMovie
  • Intro to Celtx – script writing software

Week 2

  • Copyright
  • Refining your script
  • Story boarding
  • iMovie introduction
  • What is Editing?
  • Filming

Week 3

  • Uploading film and images
  • Time line selections
  • Music, narration and text (keynote)


Week 4

  • Editing


Week 5

  • Editing
  • Draft viewing and feedback

Week 6

  • Editing

Week 7

  • Finalising
  • Uploading to Youtube, Vimeo or Blip TV

Week 8

  • Class screening