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 with 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 States) 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 cliches
  • Would you pay to watch it?
  • Is it better to be funny or serious?
  • Using improv 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 movie?
  • Editing, music and sound design
  • Launching your career

The course is led by Col Spector is an award-winning writer/director who started in non-fiction at the BBC and now also works in fiction: writing and directing feature films for the cinema. He also runs his own documentary consultancy business www.thedocumentaryconsultant.com. Col started at the BBC directing various short comedy dramas series. He then went on to direct a number of highly distinctive, critically acclaimed documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC including Just Enough Distance, Trouble At The House, Puccini Cappuccini, The Real Alan Clark, and The Lost Supper.

Previous course participants said: 

"I learned more over 3 sessions with Col than I did over my entire Documentary MA."
"The knowledge I have now can't be compared to any other course."

"Within an hour of working with Col I felt a million times better, my ideas were transformed."

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £525

Corporate Rate: £995

How to apply

Application deadline: 27 Nov 2020

To apply for this course, please complete the application form.