Short course

Overview

It's so easy today to just go out and make a short film. However, it’s rare to create a great short film that truly engages an audience. Col Spector, who has written and directed shorts and features that have all been released in the cinema (in the UK and the USA), leads you through the good, the bad and the ugly of making short films with the ultimate goal of creating shorts that audiences, festivals and distributors will love.

This seminar-based course will cover areas such as:

  • Avoiding short film clichés
  • Would you pay to watch it?
  • Is it better to be funny or serious?
  • Using improvisation in the writing
  • Playing with irony
  • Should a short follow the 3 act structure?
  • Other screenwriting rules
  • Improving your script
  • The casting process
  • Professional actors versus non-professionals
  • Directing the actors
  • Do you shoot it differently to a feature film?
  • Editing, music and sound design
  • Launching your career

Comments from the last courses include: 

"The truthful approach from Col Spector. An actual director with experience, whose opinion you can respect."

"Col gave us all great little gems of information and knowledge that really inspired me to get creative."

"(I gained) exactly what the course promised; how to direct a GOOD short film."

"I directed a short film about a month after completing the course at NFTS Scotland. The film ... premiered at BFI Flare London LGBTQ Film Festival... It’s the first time I’ve had my work showcased at a film festival, so I’m over the moon!"

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Course Rate: £395

Bursaries, supported by the Scottish Government, are also available for those who are eligible.

BURSARY INFORMATION

If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria or are able to pay for the course. 

Once you have submitted your application, bursary applications should be submitted, along with a diversity monitoring form, to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

The bursary deadline for this course is Friday 12th July 2019 at 5.30pm

Once you have submitted your application, bursary applications should be submitted, along with a diversity monitoring form, to scotland@nfts.co.uk.

 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

NFTS Scotland Diversity Monitoring Form 

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please also read our Alternative Funding Avenues document which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help.

 

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please register your interest to be advised of future dates when they become available.