The Actors Centre

Making a Short Film (With Your Bare Hands)

WHAT IS IT? A weekend workshop designed to equip you with everything you need to know before embarking on a short film project. HOW WILL IT WORK? They say you make a film three times; once in the writing, once in the shoot and finally in the edit. Award-winning filmmaker Michael van der Put will take you on a guided tour from initial inspiration through to the final release and promotion of your short film. Using his own short CALLUM as a case study, Michael will examine the importance of a ‘core idea’ that is flexible enough to survive the trials and tribulations of the process. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? By the end of the course you should have some idea as to what works in the medium of short film and the challenges involved in the production process. You will have ideas as to where to seek funding and an understanding of the various avenues through which your film can gain exposure - be it online, or via the festival circuit. Price: £60.


This workshop runs over 2 days

November 19, 20


Michael Van Der Put

 Michael van der Put is a freelance film and theatre director based in London. He studied directing at Drama Centre where he made his debut short Callum. To date, Callum has screened at 26 festivals around the world and won 15 awards, including Best UK Short at the East End Film Festival. The film was selected as a finalist for the Rushes Soho Shorts Newcomer Award and made it onto the long-list for the BAFTA Short Film Award 2012/13. Recently Michael has been working with many of the cast and crew of Callum to develop two follow up shorts Angry Face & Rage. Together with Callum these films will form a triptych of youth shorts under the umbrella title; Broken Hearted Youth. Visit for further information.


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