From Story to Screen: Producing a Professional Short Film

Step-by-step guide to producing a professional short film you can be proud of.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,022 ratings)
31,884 students
From Story to Screen: Producing a Professional Short Film
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,022 ratings)
31,884 students
Identify and develop their story idea
Plan for pre-production, production and post-production
Know how to fully develop a professional short film with proper documentation and professionalism
Know what are the differentiating details between an amateur short film and a professional short film

Requirements

  • A Story Idea for a Short Film
  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • Pen and Paper OR Digital Notebook
  • Microsoft Word and Excel

Description

How do you start from an idea and 1 you to 40+ crew members, and with more than 10,000 audience members and viewers of your short film?

If you aspire to make a short film that is not just going to be unseen, this course will reveal the steps, tips and tricks to making a professional short film that goes beyond the amateur film space and into the limelight of being seen.

Learn How to Create Your Short Story from Scratch, Avoid the Mistakes Made by Amateurs.

Learn through my very own directorial short debut sample The Painter (2014) on the extra steps and care that goes into creating a professional short production, as well as detailed production information you may need, to eventually work on bigger productions of your own.

Why This Course?

  • Taught by someone who used to be in your position, but has amassed 40 crew members out of nowhere, screened at multiple film festivals, all this, being just her first directorial debut short film
  • Step-by-step guide with actual production information and documents used
  • Detail insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when producing on a shoestring budget
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students

 

Learn How to Become the Professional Short Filmmaker Everyone Wants to Work With.

You will Learn How:

  • To develop your own story idea
  • To plan for development and pre-production
  • Storyboards, budgeting and documentation come together
  • Find your cast and crew with little to no budget
  • Film insurances work
  • To shoot and wrap-up production
  • To plan for visual effects and sound in post-production
  • To plan for your short film release

Complete with additional resources, and a fun and engaging teaching style, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that bonus clip you sit through the entire credit roll at the end of a film.

If you participate in this course, you will walk away becoming more enlightened and empowered with these new insights and knowledge on how to professionally produce your own short story idea in your head to the silver screen.

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously FREE.

Who this course is for:

  • Film students and graduates
  • Professionals from other industries looking to make their own short films
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers and producers
  • NOT for seasoned independent film professionals who have been in the industry for at least 5 years

Course content

6 sections • 34 lectures • 1h 10m total length
  • Introduction
    01:01
  • Who am I and Who are you?
    01:38
  • Your Story Idea
    02:09
  • Character Development
    02:26
  • Outline and Treatment
    02:48
  • Pre-Production Planning - Timeline
    01:42
  • Pre-Production Planning - Crew, Cast, Locations and Other Resources
    02:30
  • Your Story Idea and Development
    3 questions

Instructor

Multi-Hyphenate Artist, VFX Pro, TEDx & Keynote Speaker
Vicki Lau
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 2,183 Reviews
  • 49,730 Students
  • 11 Courses

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects in film and television and computer programming. Without any contacts or connections in the United States, she began her career at the age of 18 from Singapore, working her way up into the Hollywood film industry and landing her first break working on AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead (Season 4), as well as other movies such as Guardians of the GalaxyWar for the Planet of the Apes and the recent Aquaman.

Already recognized by her country and by major organizations as an expert in her field, Vicki has made great strides for someone her age, being in consistently high demand for jobs - averaging about 4 job offers and requests for interviews per freelance month(s) of availability, whilst her peers are still struggling to find their first entry-level position in the field. At only 24 years of age, she was one of the youngest speakers and presenters at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference in its time, where she was a panelist and speaker for virtual reality in motion pictures.

She gave a TEDx talk on visual effects and virtual reality in May 2016 at Napa Valley, CA and in November 2018, was invited to speak as a keynote speaker at Elliott Masie's Learning 2018 conference, along with keynote speakers Former First Lady Laura Bush and Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr.

Why Learn from Vicki?

What makes Vicki different from other VFX instructors is that she actually worked IN Hollywood, California itself, brushing elbows with many names and even being invited to the Emmy Awards in 2014. Vicki shares with her students REAL insights that people in the Hollywood industry uses.

Learn from someone who actually worked IN Hollywood, CA at the MAJOR studios and blockbuster hits, and not some project outsourced to a small country or city at an unknown studio or from someone who claims to know "the secrets," by mimicking other successful instructors' language and content.

Trust, but verify. You can check out Vicki's IMDb page as proof.