In this installment of the Creating a Short Film series, learn how to enhance and punch up your story using key editing techniques.
- [Chad] Hey folks, this is Chad Perkins, a filmmaker from Seattle. This training series is part of a collection of courses to teach you how to make a short film, start to finish. As prat of this training, I made a short fantasy film called The Assurance and documented the entire process: from writing and pre-production, to working on set, through post-production, to a screening in a independent movie theater in Seattle. In this training, you'll get to see how we budgeted; auditioned actors; set up lights and cameras; wrote and recorded the orchestral score; how we did all of our visual effects, everything.
And filmmaking is really about problem-solving, so we'll show you the first drafts and rough cuts, the challenges we had and mistakes we made, so that you can avoid those pitfalls on your projects. This training consists of 13 separate training courses. Each course focuses on a component of filmmaking and will be released in the general order of the filmmaking workflow. The first course is on producing: how do you get a project off the ground and shepard it to completion? The second course if on writing. We'll get an understanding of how to tell a story, examining some of the best Hollywood films, as well as how we created the world of The Assurance.
Course number 3 is about pre-production: getting the script ready to film. We'll look at the meetings I had with our crew about the schedule, budget, designing the wardrobe from scratch, developing concept art, and more. The fourth course is on acting. We'll look at what acting is really about, and we'll show you our auditions and rehearsals and why we made the choices we did. The fifth course is about directing, Where we'll look at controlling the tone, running the set, and the many decisions that directors have to make. Course number 6 is all about working on set: what's that workflow like? What do all these people do? We'll look at all of that as well as tutorial from my wife Heather about how she created the special-effects makeup for our film.
The seventh course is about cinematography: how can you camera and lighting to tell your story in the best way? Course number 8 is about editing, and we'll see how were able to re-edit our initial story to tell a completely different and much better one. In course 9, we'll start to look at visual effects and creating environments, adding elements to shots, and removing objects from shots. Course 10 is all about the stuff you think of when you think of visual effects: magic, particles, explosions, all that pretty stuff. These are all things that you could do at home for little to no money.
Course 11 is about color. This was a huge part of The Assurance and is often-underused tool to transform bland footage - or even poorly-shot footage - into something gorgeous. Course 12 is all about audio. We'll look at recording audio on set, composing the score and recording it, sound design, (digital sound effects) and mixing it all together. And, finally, we'll wrap things up in course 13 by talking about how to market and distribute your film, including how to make marketing materials like logos and trailers, and how to get your film seen by an audience.
I think it's a one-of-a-kind experience to not just learn about how to make films, but to see what it's actually like to solve problems and struggle and fail and compromise during that process. - Cut! - [Narrator] Now this has been years in the making, so thank you so much for watching this. Enjoy the training. - That's a wrap! (cheering)
- Telling stories with edits
- Syncing audio and video
- Matching eyelines
- Knowing when not to cut
- Controlling the pacing
- Controlling emotion with shot size
- Working with audio
- Creating a rough cut
- Creating end credits
- Rendering and output