Breaking In: Producing Short Film

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TheFilmSchool is proud to announce its first introductory producing class, Breaking In: Producing Short Film. The weekly class will serve as a beginner’s guide to professional film production, preparing participants to produce their own screenplays or to find, develop, and execute shorts through collaboration with other writers and directors. The class will cover a broad range of creative, professional, and industry-standard practices applied to the production of all types of short-form content.

Through in-class discussion and course work, participants will learn how to usher a film from concept to completion, following a 5-phase progression: Development, Preproduction, Production, Post Production, and Distribution. The class will be interactive and participants are encouraged to bring a concept or screenplay to workshop towards production. With valuable feedback and mentorship from the instructor, the class will strategize and prepare all necessary industry-standard production materials – all of the pieces needed to produce a short film. Get professional guidance on everything from screenplay formats and breakdowns, budgets, fundraising strategies, schedules, and festival and distribution plans. By the end of the class, participants will leave with a fully-formed production book, with a plan and the tools to produce their short film, or even produce it during the class with guidance from the instructor.

Alexander Schepsman

picture of Alexander SchepsmanBreaking In: Producing Short Film will be taught by veteran producer Alexander Schepsman, whose body of work spans critically acclaimed and award-winning independent features to huge viral videos. In 2011, he was the Executive Producer of his first feature film, Martha Marcy May Marlene, which won Best Director at Sundance and was distributed worldwide by Fox Searchlight later that year.  From there, he went on to produce several successful features from first-time directors: All That I Am, which premiered at SXSW, Bluebird, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and James White, which won the NEXT Audience Award at Sundance in 2015.  In 2016, Alex expanded into the digital world, developing and producing a Google-owned YouTube channel called Field Day, an anthology-format channel that amassed over 20 million views in its first year. Most recently, he worked as a senior creative producer at Vox Media.