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Creating the Short Film

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 27 - Aug 5   - Unavailable
MINORS ONLY In-Person (Ages 16 & 17)
Schedule: Mon/Weds/Fri 9:00am - 11:50am (PDT)
Orientation: Jun 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Max. Seats: 18
Faculty: James Savoca


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About the Class

Creating the Short Film class is all about preparing students for the responsibilities and functions a director must successfully navigate in order to direct a polished short film. The core of the course will be the individual project. Imagination is the first step to a successful summer!

The lessons learned in this class will help students finish a 5-7 minute narrative short, as well as learn directing fundamentals that will help students discover how a director guides a film to completion including:

  • Breaking down a scene
  • Blocking the action
  • Effective shot selection
  • Directing the performance
  • Fine-tuning the story in post-production

The format of the course will be a combination of lectures and screenings. Students will also learn a number of other filmmaking tools including:

  • How to tell great stories
  • Establish strong characters
  • Acquiring the ability to communicate with the cast and crew
  • Create a mise en scène
  • Use innovative sound design

Class sessions will also include tutorials on such topics as:

  • Script rewriting
  • Editing
  • Production sound
  • Production lighting
  • Cinematography
  • Pre-production (storyboarding, casting, permits, and more)
  • Non-Linear AVID editing training

*Should the SCA Summer Program move to an online format for Summer 2022, this course will be CONVERTED to an online class.

*Please note that dates and times of the course are subject to changes. Additional tutorials are taught during outside hours.

INSTRUCTOR(S): James Savoca