Film Short Courses - AFTT

Film 6 Week Short Courses

Film Short Courses

Accelerate your Film making skills with a 6 week short course. AFTT is proud to offer a new series of short courses aimed at providing high quality vocational education for young and mature adults. Expand your knowledge, explore new skills and take the big step forward in your career. Courses begin from $400..

Short courses at AFTT are a great option for you to get a taster in broadening your skills in a specific area of study. Get involved with AFTT Tutors and like-minded professionals who share the same interests as you in a fun and creative environment. You'll have access to great facilities and equipment so you can really get hands-on. 

Certification: All attendees are to be presented with a Certificate of Participation at the conclusion of the short course. You will receive an AFTT branded tote bag to be filled with merchandise and information about upcoming short courses, AFTT events and productions - Included in the price.

AFTT short courses do not form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Production Design Short Course

6 Week Course

Dates: 2018 (Exact Dates to be announced)
Description: Want to take your film making skills to the next level? Fed up of boring locations? Want to take control of your vision? The aim of this Short Course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to help manage their own short film projects and gain employment in the Arts Department and film and television industry.

This Course will cover:

  • Philosophy of set design, why it’s important
  • The basics
  • The project (design, look, feel)
  • The set up (tricks and tips)
  • Viewing of footage and debrief

$400 early bird (20% off)
$500 full price

Training Outcomes:

  • At the end of the course, students will have completed a design package which will demonstrate their knowledge and skills. This package could be used as a presentation tool for future employment opportunities and to help manage personal film projects.
  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • Identify the different job titles within the art department and understand their individual roles.
  • Discuss industry policies, procedures and etiquette.
  • Present design ideas and concepts according to industry standards.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the design process according to industry requirements.
  • Produce a props list for various departments.
  • Draft a budget.

Production design can make a film come to life! 

This course will be taught by Kerri Ainsworth. Kerri is a production designer and creative director with over 25 years experience working in the film, television and events industries.

Kerri has designed and art directed feature films, television series, commercials, corporate videos, doco dramas, special events, exhibition stands, conferences, gala dinners and commercial interiors. The scope of her practice includes designing and project managing the fabrication and installation of large-scale artworks and environments for Special Events and Public Spaces. She has created and produced installations and experiential spaces for clients such as: Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, The Star Casino, Telstra, IBM, QANTAS, Virgin Airlines, AMP, Visa, Panasonic, Commonwealth Bank, University of Technology Sydney and SOCOG.

Writing Short Course

6 Week Course

Dates: 2018 (Exact Dates to be announced)
Description: Have a script idea but don’t know how to start? Maybe you’ve already written a script and are looking to improve on it? Character development? Deepening the story? The AFTT script writing course can help with all of these issues and more. Our industry current tutors will help you along every step of the way. 

$400 early bird (20% discount) 
$500 full price

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to character
  • Deepening of character development
  • Implementation into script 
  • Understanding the personal truth for character development
  • Difference between fact and fiction in a character development context
  • Develop characters that bring your script to life
  • 10-15 page script (beginning of a longer story, an extract or a stand-alone piece)

This course will be taught by Steven Wright. Steve was born in London and moved to Australia during the 1980s. He has written books, plays, feature films and television and is represented by the Cameron Creswell Agency.

His plays include ‘Did Somebody Say Something About A Drink Of Bourbon’, and ‘The Joke’ and, for television, he has written episodes of ‘Special Squad’, ‘Rafferty’s Rules’, ‘Police Rescue’, ‘Mortified’ and ‘Stringer’, which he also co-created. He wrote the feature ‘Lilian’s Story’, adapted from the novel by Kate Grenville, and provided Additional Script Material for the feature, ‘Risk’. He has also script edited a number of award winning programmes. ‘Mortified’ received an AFI for Best Children’s Series and was nominated for an International Emmy. ‘Lenny Cahill Shoots Through’ won an AFI for best Television Original and an AWGIE for Best Short Film. Steve has written a number of commercials for CHOICE – Australia’s leading consumer advocacy group. His latest project to air on television is ‘Old School’ which he co-created. It was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Mini-Series (2014).


The Cinematographer (Red Epic) 6 Week Short Course

Dates: 2018 (Exact Dates to be announced)
Description: Are you a budding cinematographer but never had professional training? Maybe you work full time and haven’t got around to it? The AFTT Cinematography workshop will introduce you to the how and why of cinematography. Using the RED Epic our amazing tutors will introduce you to the magic world of visual storytelling. You’ll get hands on experience with dollies, jibs, you’ll learn lighting, everything you need to get you to the next level.
$800 early bird (20% discount) 
$960 full price

Topics covered:

  • Philosophy of cinematography
  • Introduction to the Red Epic + work flow
  • Camera movement
  • Directing coverage


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