Short films

Short films can be made quite simply using the video recording capabilities of smart phones or a digital camera. The film can be later compiled through editing and other post-production processes using simple post production software programs. There are a number of simple editing apps available for phones and tablets.

While one to three minutes is the usual length of a student short film, even shorter films are fun to make too.

In camera edited films

A more simple, less processed film can also be carefully planned and filmed in a shot by shot sequence from titles through to credits as an in-camera edit. Here, what you film is what you see! This means as long as you film in the correct shot sequence, you don’t need post-production. This YouTube clip is a quick example to demonstrate the process from TAFE  teacher Grant Higginson.

Also, look out for film competitions based on in-camera edits.


How to make short films

This page provides an overview of useful resources for filmmaking, from pre-production through to post production. There are lots of resources provided particularly for film production in the classroom.


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