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Currently In Session – Making the Short Film (SOLD OUT)

August 21 @ 8:00 am - August 26 @ 5:00 pm

Students on Making the Short Film - Practical Filmmaking Class in Tokyo


This course is now SOLD OUT. We have another “Making the Short Film” course scheduled in October, link to the event page here.

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

¥40,000 ~ ¥56,000

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

Tue 21st, 18:30-21:00 — Working with the script.

Wed 22nd, 18:30-21:00 — Working with crew and equipment.

Thur 23rd, 18:30-21:00 — Working with actors.

Fri 24th — NO CLASS

Sat 25th, 10:00-18:00 — Production day.

Sun 26th, 10:00-18:00 — Post-production and feedback.

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.


August 21 @ 8:00 am
August 26 @ 5:00 pm
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ELFS Japan Studio
2-9-14 Suido
Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0005 Japan
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