Carrie Cates

This hands-on 8-week class will take you through the entire process of making a short film from concept to festival screening (no, really!). Learn everything that goes into creating a film and have your final film screen at South By South West 2018 (see, we told ya!).


Topics covered include: 

  • concept + pitching

  • screenwriting for film, creating your screenplay

  • casting, actors and auditions

  • production management & scheduling

  • crew roles & directing

  • marketing your film

  • sound recording

  • shooting: cameras, lights, art direction

  • entering festivals

    + so much more! 


This class will feature guest artists, filmmakers and industry professionals who currently work and live in Austin, Texas. At the end of this course students will have completed a short film from start to finish and have attained new skills, networked with new and learned filmmakers, and have the education to continue to keep creating films! 


All films will be featured in special ASoF student showcase in addition to screening at Austin School of Film's 2018 Official SXSW Film showcase.


Who Should Attend: People who are interested in learning how to create their own short film from start to finish, or those working towards their ASoF Digital Video Certificate.


ASoF Certificate: ASoF Digital Video Certificate core class.


Prerequisites: None necessary. Beginners welcome.


Supplies: Any expenses occured (ex. wardrobe, set design) for your film are the student's responsibility. Students will have access to our iMac lab, equipment rental, studio spaces and co-working area during the duration of the course for their film needs.


Tuition: $635.00


About the instructor:


Carrie Cates has a Radio-TV-Film degree from Indiana State University and studied film theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Currently, she is the Community Director at Motion Media Arts Center and a local Austin indie filmmaker. She has produced 3 feature length films, Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and many short films since moving to Austin, Texas in 2011. She the co-founder of the Austin Youth Film Fest is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production. 





November 6 - December 11 (+2 more class days TBD as a group) / Mondays / 6:30 - 9:30pm / 0 seats left



January 22 - March 5 (screening March 19, 2018) / Mondays / 6:30 - 9:30pm / 10 seats left