Denmark, Aarhus

Visual Media Production - Making Short Fiction Films

when 18 July 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 ECTS
fee EUR 552

This is a hands-on, learning-by-doing production course, in which participants will make two short fiction films with guidance and feedback at every stage of the creative process. The main focus is on storytelling, and for the final project (a 4-7 min. film), considerable attention will be given to developing a viable concept and then working up a storyboard/shooting script before production begins.

Students will work in teams of approx. five participants per group and will gain experience with script development and such tasks as casting, location scouting, directing actors, camera work, lighting, sound recording, editing, etc. They will also meet such challenges as identifying and resolving storytelling problems as well as organizing and executing complex tasks while working as a team under the pressure of tight deadlines.

The conceptual framework for this course will be a non-formulaic narrative model based on the view that short film storytelling can best be described in terms of opposing properties that balance and complete one another in a dynamic interplay. An approach of this kind is not only tailor-made to the short film rather than designed for the mainstream feature film but also more open than the standard sequential models and also better suited to catching the most common beginner mistakes when short films are produced by student filmmakers.

There will be instruction in the use of our semi–professional cameras and editing program, and no previous experience with production equipment is necessary.

After a few introductory lectures, the course will consist primarily of group work with feedback from the teacher. There will be no exam per se. Grades will be based on the productions and a report, 6-8 pages per participant. Each student will write one of the following sections of the report: a) script development; b) directing; c) camera work; d) editing; and e) the results of an audience test. This course can count as a HUMfag and all discussions will be conducted in English.

Course leader

Richard Raskin

Target group

Humanities students

Course aim

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 552: Danish and EU/EØS (tomplads): 552 EUR
EUR 1550: NON-EU-EØS students (free-mover): 1550 EUR