At the Sydney Short Film School, you get over twenty hours of expert tuition all designed to help you become a real film-maker. By the end of the film course, you will have all the skills and confidence you need to go out and make your own short films. 


This film course is aimed at anyone who is otherwise occupied full-time but would like to learn how to make a movie from beginning to end. So if you're working or studying all day, or looking after the kids, then in just two-and-a-half hours, one night per week, you can come and learn to make a film. 

At the start, you get access to the school’s Dropbox library containing dozens of ebooks and other materials - well worth the cost of the course alone!

The course runs over five weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 pm, with one full-day on a Saturday for the film shoot.
  • 1. Writing the PERFECT Short Film Script

    WEEK 1. Creating characters and the importance of story. A study of character archetypes and the mythological steps in every great story ever told. Understanding the essential elements needed in your story to make a WINNING film.
    Correct script formatting.
    How to use modern script-writing software.
    Homework is given to write a short script

  • 2. Selecting the Script, Casting and Directing

    WEEK 2. Script review. The class votes on the script that will be made into a short film.
    Discussions on refining the script.
    How to cast your actors.
    How to direct your actors to get the performance you want.
    Set etiquette.

  • 3. Cinematography, Lighting and Sound

    WEEK 3. How to set-up a proper lighting arrangement for a movie. Cinematography - how to use a DSLR camera for filming (white balance, aperture, depth of field, exposure, framing).How to use a modern digital recorder and microphone to capture the best possible sound. Final review of the script to be shot.

  • 4. The Shoot

    FULL DAY. Finally, ACTION! Everything you have learned so far is now put into play! The class (which will now become the actors and crew!) will shoot a film based on the chosen script using a modern DSLR camera and recording equipment. Each student will get an opportunity to appear in the movie, operate the camera, operate the sound equipment and DIRECT!
    (1 full day on a Saturday). Check dates.

  • 5. Video Editing Your Film

    WEEK 4. We look at basic video editing techniques:- types of cut, when to use transitions, colour grading, sound mixing, rules surrounding music etc.
    Each student takes a copy of the camera footage and audio recorder sound files to edit the video on their own PC.
    Video editing in itself is a handy skill to have whether you’re making a film or just editing videos on your phone for YouTube.

  • 6. The Wrap-Up and Screening

    WEEK 5. We finally see your film! The final review of each of the edited versions and lessons learned, along with next steps and an invitation to join the Australian Cinematographers Society.

    All students receive a certificate.

Film Course Schedule

Session 1 - ScreenwritingWednesday 1st August 20186:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 2 - Script and DirectingWednesday 8th August 20186:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 3 - Cinematography, Lighting and SoundWednesday 15th August 20186:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 4 - The SHOOT!Saturday 18th August 201810:00am to 5:00pm
Session 5 - EditingWednesday 22nd August 20186:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 6 - Review and Wrap UpWednesday 29th August 20186:30pm to 9:00pm

Film Course Prequisites

This film course does not require for you to have any previous experience at all. While we do accept enrolments from under 18s, you must have permission from a parent/guardian and be mature enough to work with adults.

Disclaimer* While every effort is made to ensure your course experience is the best it can be, we cannot be held responsible if your chosen PC/software combination fails to live up to expectations. Editing video requires a lot of CPU power, so please do not expect these products to work on a netbook or entry-level PC with poor graphics capability. Please check that your PC meets the recommended PC specifications set out by the software vendors. Usually, these include nVidia or ATI graphics.

If you have any questions, please contact us or check the vendor websites.


You can use iMovie on your Mac, or Final Cut or Final Cut Pro.
We recommend DaVinci Resolve 12 or later.


Windows:- Live Essentials Movie Maker (free from Microsoft website)
We recommend DaVinci Resolve 12 or later.


Yes, it is entirely possible to edit your movie on one of the above devices. You will need a card reader in order to load the video files, and software (available from the App Store). Please ensure your device has enough memory to handle the large video files. Apps are iMovie or Pinnacle Studio for iPad.