Course Summary

Make a short film. Learn basic skills in production, direction, camera operation and editing as you storyboard a script, find locations, shoot the film, then edit it with Final Cut Pro X (10).

Course Sessions

Thursday, 6th February - 8 classes

Session ID HDK86601C
6 Feb - 26 Mar 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$625 / $593 (conc)
David Willing

This course comes in two varieties: 10 session course (weeknights) or 6 session course (weekends). Content in both classes is the same throughout but is roughly divided into the following blocks:

Teacher/Student/Course introduction

  • Industry overview funding, production and distribution paths for short films
  • Explanation of Film Crew roles
  • How to write a script
  • Watch and discuss short film example
  • Principles of Scriptwriting
  • Write group short film script which will be produced during the course
  • Camera workshop – Shot sizes, framing, movement, storyboards and shot lists
  • Lighting workshop – Safety, 3 point lighting set up, positions, controlling light
  • Complete final draft of script
  • Assign Cast and Crew roles for the production
  • Planning and preparation for shoot including OH&S issues, scheduling etc


  • Shoot the film
  • On set protocol
  • Camera and Lighting set ups

Post Production

  • Import footage into Premier Pro
  • View rushes
  • Assembly edit
  • Rough cut of film

Post Production – Fine cut

  • Dissolves, fades
  • Final cut
  • Credits
  • Add music
  • Audio mix
  • View final product

Knowledge and practical experience in the making of a short film from concept to completion.
An understanding of the film industry.

David Willing is a writer/director who has made short films, features, documentaries and music videos.  He studied Film & TV at Deakin University and his graduation film Disintegration received the highest honours and screened at Longford Cinema, MUFF2000 and Eyecandy2000.

His credits include The Escape Hatch, a funny, sweet and sexy comedy about love. Selected by more than 15 National and International Film Festivals. 

Walking With The Mursi, an adventure travel documentary about his 300km hike across the remote and desolate tribal region of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia.

Lunch Date, a sharp comedy about online dating for Open Channel and Screen Australia’s Raw Nerve initiative.  Broadcast in 2014 as part of ABC2’s First Date/Worst Date it was the highest rating short with 79000 viewers, earning it an additional two screenings.

Collier Brothers Syndrome depicting two brothers suffering mental illness premiered at St Kilda Film Festival, screened twice on SBSTV and  was awarded Best Sound Design by the Australian Screen Sound Guild.

David has written six feature films including The Seduction which was developed through Film Victoria’s Catapult Initiative and Collar which was short listed by Australian Film Commission.

For more info visit David's website

Last updated: December 12, 2019 04:36pm