TheFilmSchool is proud to announce a new class, focused on creating independently produced short films, Breaking In: Short Film. The class will serve as a practical and professional guide to creating short films, preparing participants to create their own screenplays that are both impactful and produceable, and can serve as a tool to launch a career in filmmaking.
We will examine the work of filmmakers who have taken this route in the past, talk about emerging trends and festival strategies, and discuss different paths to success. The class will cover a broad range of creative, professional, and industry-standard practices for many different types of short-form content.
Breaking 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.