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Making the Short Film

30th October 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 4th November 2018 @ 9:30 pm

¥40000 – ¥56000

Practical Filmmaking Class – Learn to make films… by making a short film.

Course Objective

A practical filmmaking class designed to give you the confidence you need to go out and make your own films.

Course Cost


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Course Description

Over the initial three evenings you will be introduced to your script, equipment and actors, learning how to work with each in turn.

You and your classmates will be split into groups of six and you will each choose to direct one of the six scenes in the script. You will actually shoot the film on the Saturday, with each director given an hour to shoot their scene.

You will rotate jobs within the crew over the course of the day; directing, filming, recording sound, doing the art direction, lighting, and managing continuity in turn. This allows you to experience and understand the different positions on a film set.

Sunday will focus on editing and post-production, and you will edit your film with your group. The finished product will be screened at the end of the day, with time for feedback and discussion.

Should you wish, you will be welcome to take the footage from the day to continue working and practising on.

Class Schedule

October 30 (Tue), 19:00-21:30 — Working with the script.

October 31 (Wed), 19:00-21:30 — Working with crew and equipment.

November 1 (Thur), 19:00-21:30 — Working with actors.

November 2 (Fri), 19:00-21:30 — NO CLASS

November 3 (Sat), 10:00-18:00 — Production day.

November 4 (Sun), 10:00-18:00 — Post-production and feedback.

About the Instructor – Rory O’Donnell

Rory O'Donnell

Rory O’Donnell worked in the UK entertainment industry for 25 years, initially as an actor, then a casting director, before spending ten years as course director for Raindance London, the UK’s top provider of short training courses for filmmakers. He is an award-winning filmmaker, with short films he has directed screening in festivals in Europe and North America. His students have included everyone from film professionals looking to broaden their skillsets to inexperienced novices with a passing interest in the subject. Building on this experience, he has developed classes accommodating to all backgrounds and abilities.

What is ELFS Japan?

English Language Film School Japan offers unique filmmaking classes, taught in the English language, here in Tokyo. This class will be taught by Rory O’Donnell, who prior to founding ELFS Japan, worked for ten years as Courses Director at Raindance London, Europe’s premier destination for short filmmaking classes. Originally an actor working across stage, film and TV throughout the 90s, Rory is now an award-winning director of short films.


30th October 2018 @ 7:00 pm
4th November 2018 @ 9:30 pm
¥40000 – ¥56000
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ELFS Japan Studio
2-9-14 Suido
Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0005 Japan
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***ELFS Japan workshops will return in early 2019***