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Making the Successful Short Film

Date: 13th - 15th December 2019 
Location: BBC Scotland, 40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA

Learn how to make a short film that audiences, festivals and distributors will love!

Course Content
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


Freelance Rate: £395

Once you have been accepted on the course we will invoice you, by email, for the full amount of the fees. We must receive your payment 5 working days before the course at the latest. Your place on the course is not confirmed until we have received full payment from you, or you have received written confirmation that you have been awarded a bursary.

Application and deadlines
This course is currently open for applications.

If you are intending to apply for a bursary the deadline is Friday 29th November 2019 at 5.30pm. 

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, discretionary bursaries may be available to those who are eligible. Bursary information is available from and on each course information page. Please contact if you have a bursary query.

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