Directing The Short Film

Course Dates: 11-12 June 2018
Course Tutor: Col Spector

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 course covers

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


This course is led by Col Spector, an award-winning documentary and feature film director whose credits include 'Honeymooner' launched at the Edinburgh Film Festival) and 'Someone Else', the Variety Critics Choice at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, widely released in the UK and USA through IFC Films and the Sundance Channel. He wrote and directed the comedy short, 'New Year's Eve' (starring Stephen Mangan & Keira Knightley) which won several prizes including Best British Short at the UK’s largest short film festival. He is currently developing his latest comedy feature, 'I'm Not in Love'.

Additional Information

Number of places: 12
Duration: 2 days
Freelance Rate: £350
Corporate Rate: £675

How To Apply

Please complete the application form to apply for a place on this course. 
Email or call us on 0141 422 6461 if you need assistance with your application.

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. Once you have applied for your course, bursary applications should be submitted, along with a diversity monitoring form, to Please see the individual course details for bursary deadlines. 

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form

NFTS Scotland Diversity Monitoring Form 


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