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Directing the Short Film

Units: 4
Student Level: All

Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable
Ages 16+
Schedule: Mon/Wed 9:00am - 1:20pm
Max. Seats: 21
Faculty: Tayo Amos

Jun 24 - Aug 2   - Unavailable
PRE-COLLEGE In-Person (Ages 16 & 17)
Schedule: Tue/Thu 9:00am - 1:20pm
Max. Seats: 21
Faculty: Ashley York

About the Class

Directing the Short Film is an overview of the director's concerns, functions, and responsibilities. The core of the course is to prepare students to cast, produce, and direct an individual project, a 3-5 minute narrative film.

The course offers students a hands-on approach to narrative filmmaking, from script to screen, through various workshops with either live actors or camera work with the instructor and peers.

Course Objectives

Students will develop the fundamental skills of filmmaking from the point-of-view of the Director, including:

  • Learn the function of a scene
  • Direct performance
  • Create contemporary framing
  • Block action for camera
  • Narrative fine-tuning in post-production

In addition to regular class sessions, this course will include tutorial sessions on:

  • Cinematography
  • Production lighting
  • Production sound
  • Pre-production planning (storyboards, casting, permits, etc.)
  • Non-linear AVID editing training

All necessary equipment and production resources, including digital cameras, tripods, grip gear, lighting kits, and access to sound stages, will be available for student use.

Important Additional Information

  • All projects are created outside of scheduled class time.
  • Additional tutorials are taught outside scheduled class dates and times.
  • All dates and times of the course are subject to change.
  • SCA has a strict ban on the use of prop weapons of any kind during the summer session


Pre-College Section - Ashley York

Ages 16+ Section - Tayo Amos