Digital Filmmaking

Digital Filmmaking


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 your final film will be eligible to screen at South By Southwest (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 work & live in Austin, Texas. At the end of this course students will have completed a short film from start to finish, networked with both new & established filmmakers, & attained new skills to keep creating films! 

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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. 

Films completed in this course are eligible to be screened at multiple ASoF student showcases, including our SXSW Official Film Community Screening scheduled for March 2020.

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. No pre-requisites; beginners welcome! Students must be at least 16 years old to take this class.

CERTIFICATE: Digital Video Certificate Program core class

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.

This course and all ASoF courses are certified with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continue Professional Educational (CPE) credits.

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