Carrie Cates

This hands-on 8-week course will take you through the process of making a short film from script to screen. Learn everything you need to know from screenwriting, shooting, scheduling, marketing, sound, directing, festivals. The class will be broken into small filmmaking teams. At the end of this course, each team will have a completed short film using digital video technology.


The course will feature guest artists/filmmakers from the Austin Arts Community on cameras, lighting, sound and other elements of filmmaking. 


All finished films will be showcased in

Austin School of Film's 2018 Official SXSW 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: Students must reserve equipment on a first come, first service basis. Any expenses occured (ex. wardrobe, set design) for your film are the student's responsibility. Students will have access to our iMac lab, Studio spaces and co-working area during the duration of the course for their film needs. 


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 the Community Director at Motion Media Arts Center and a local Austin indie film producer. Since moving from the Hoosier state to Austin, she has produced 3 feature length films, Summer League, Wind & Rain, and Intrusion Disconnected and quite a few shorts. In the midst of all of this, she founded a youth film festival for junior high and high school students in the greater Austin area, the Austin Youth Film Fest, where she took a very active role in coordinating its inaugural year to great success and praise. She's a self-proclaimed collaboration enthusiast, and is always looking for new ways to use technology to bridge communication gaps in production. Needless to say, she is incredibly supportive and involved in the local Austin film scene. 


Tuition: $635.00

Basic Member Tuition (10%): $571.50

Deluxe Member Tuition (15%): $539.75





April 24 - June 12, 2017 / Mondays / 6:30 - 9:30pm / 11 seats left