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Expert-Led Filmmaking Essentials | 4-Week Course

Enhance your filmmaking skills and gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire process in this 4-week instructor-led online program. From scriptwriting to distribution, explore key topics and engage in hands-on exercises, with a specific focus on writing and producing a short film. Join now to bring your creative vision to life!

  • All levels
  • 18 and older
  • $345
  • Earn 3,450 reward points
  • Interactive Online Classroom
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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Class Description


What you'll learn in this film production class:

Join our 4-week instructor-led online program to gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire filmmaking process. The course explores key topics in scriptwriting, producing, directing, editing, marketing, and distribution, incorporating the use of artificial intelligence to enhance the creative process. Throughout the four weeks, engage in hands-on exercises and creative discussions, with a specific focus on writing and producing a short film.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop and pitch a compelling short film idea, including a script. The short can serve as a proof of concept for a larger project.
  • Plan and execute the production process, including script breakdown, budgeting, and scheduling.
  • Gain post-production skills, including film editing, sound design, and color correction.
  • Create a film marketing plan and a press kit for effective distribution.
  • Showcase acquired skills through the creation and presentation of your project.


Week 1 Topics: Filmmaking and Scriptwriting Fundamentals

In Week 1, we'll cover key concepts of the entire filmmaking process, from development to distribution. This includes introducing you to pitching and scriptwriting fundamentals, setting the stage for creating compelling narratives.

Week 1 Exercise: Developing and Pitching a Short Film Idea

Week 2 Topics: Pre-production - Planning and Producing a Short Film

In Week 2, we shift our focus to the pre-production phase of filmmaking. We'll explore key elements like script breakdown, budgeting, and scheduling, providing practical insights. This week is all about applying your knowledge as you plan the production of your short film, setting the groundwork for bringing your creative vision to life.

Week 2 Exercise: Creating a Production Plan for Your Short Film

Week 3: Post-production - Editing, Sound Design, and Color Correction

In Week 3, we explore the post-production phase. Learn the art of film editing, sound design, and color correction to enhance your project. Discover how to bring your footage to life and add those final touches for a polished creative vision.

Week 3 Exercise: Editing and Enhancing Your Short Film

Week 4: Marketing, Distribution, and Final Project Presentation

In Week 4, we'll focus on creating a Film Marketing Plan and Press Kit. Additionally, we'll develop Distribution Strategies and finalize your Final Project Presentations. Anticipate valuable feedback and engage in a Q&A session, gaining insights on establishing a presence and highlighting your talent and skills in a competitive industry.

Week 4: Final Project Presentations, Feedback, and Q&A

Participate in hands-on exercises, gain valuable insights through real-world case studies, engage in a Q&A session to address specific questions, receive constructive feedback on your project, and access a curated list of recommended resources to continue your learning journey.

Please note that the content and order of topics may vary slightly depending on the instructor's approach and the needs of the participants.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

If notice is given 5 or more calendar days before the start of a class, the student may receive a full refund. If notice is given less than 5 calendar days no rescheduling or refunds are permitted. All cancellations and registration changes must be received in writing to [email protected]

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