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Making the Short Film

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - March 8 @ 9:30 pm

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

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Making the Short Film¥39,000
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Practical Filmmaking Class – Learn to make films… by making a short film.

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

Course Cost


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.

“I’ve wanted to learn about making films for a long time and wanted to try to make my own. Starting from knowing practically nothing I joined ELFS Japan’s Making the Short Film course. It was fascinating, really good fun and even better, within a week I feel like I have enough knowledge of the basics to start confidently making my own projects.”

“Thanks again for everything, the course was brilliant! I think its amazing that it was so practical and we got to try all the different roles. It’s totally encouraged me and given me the confidence to make a short film”

See what other students have said in our testimonials

Class Schedule

March 3 (Tue), 19:00-21:30 — Working with the script.

March 4 (Wed), 19:00-21:30 — Working with crew and equipment.

March 5 (Thur), 19:00-21:30 — Working with actors.

March 6 (Fri), – NO CLASS

March 7 (Sat), 10:00-18:00 — Production day.

March 8 (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.


March 3 @ 7:00 pm
March 8 @ 9:30 pm
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ELFS Japan Studio
2-9-14 Suido
Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0005 Japan
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Book Your Ticket

Making the Short Film¥39,000
Or book with PEATIX
Cash payments available at convenience stores by booking through Peatix