The Institution Theater
3708 Woodbury Drive
June 6 for 8 weeks
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Instructor: Tom Booker
Make Your Movie Now!
For ages 18 & older only
This class is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge and the tools that they need to easily write, produce, and direct their very own short film using whatever resources the budding filmmaker has at their disposal and to have a fun time doing it. (If you have access to a smart phone or a video camera then you have everything you need to create a film!) The ultimate goal of this class is to finish a short film no matter what! And the class motto is “We want to finish this film so that the next one will be even better.”
This 8 week course will focus on script writing and development, the basics of film production and editing, and finding your directing style so that by the end of the course you will be set up to shoot and edit your very own short film script. Scripts will be written and developed during the first few weeks of the class with emphasis on writing for the materials and resources that the student has at their disposal.
The films created in this class will be screened at a special event at The Institution Theater!
This class is limited to 8 students.
Some Short Films From The Class
by Adam Mengasha
by Jon Fortenbury
The Last Fortune Cookie
by Roger Thomas
A Week To Week Breakdown Of The Make Your Movie Now! Class:
Week #1: Each student will make a list of resources available to them (locations, equipment, actors, etc.) and we will brainstorm script ideas for short films. (It’s okay if you already have an idea or script for your film.) Each student is given a Take Home Assignment to write a “Lousy 1st Draft” script for their movie.
Week #2: We read everyone’s “Lousy 1st Draft” of their script and brainstorm “what ifs?” for each script as a class. Each student is given another Take Home Assignment to write a “Better 2nd Draft” of their script.
Week #3: We read everyone’s “Better 2nd Draft” of their script and we brainstorm “what ifs?” for each script that still needs assistance.
Week #4: Each student starts creating storyboards for their film in class and starts the preproduction process for their film.
Week #5: While continuing to work through any problems and obstacles that may come up during the preproduction process, and do an in class, hands on basics of video lighting demonstration.
Week #6: While continuing to work through any problems and obstacles that may come up during the preproduction process, and do an in class, hands on basics of sound for video demonstration.
Week #7: While continuing to work through any problems and obstacles that may come up during the preproduction process, and do an in class, hands on basics of video editing.
Week #8: This week is reserved to answer any questions and get rid of any fears the student may have regarding their upcoming film shoot.