Short Film Assignment

Your assignment is to create, film, edit, and produce a short film of 5 minutes or less.

All elements of the film must be produced using un-copyrighted material unless you can provide written permission from all persons holding the copyright.

  • Short Film Worksheet (Feb 5th)
  • Script/Storyboard (Feb 8th)
  • Discussion and Logline (Feb 11th)
  • Video Shot and Captured (Feb 15th)
  • Short Film (Feb 20th)


Character, Prop, and Line:
Each team will select, at random, a character name, a prop, and a line of dialogue. The character name must be used at some place in your short film, although the character does not need to appear in on camera. The name may be spoken or displayed. The prop must appear on camera somewhere in your film. You may use the prop however you like. The line of dialogue must either be spoken verbatim or displayed verbatim in the short film.

You must choose your own genre for your short film. See below for acceptable genres.

Short Film Worksheet (Due Feb 5th): <Click To Download>
Download the msWord document and fill in all of the information. You must have all 3 acts, a fire point, at least one turning point, a protagonist, at least one antagonist (person, self, or environment), and a working title. Print the document and turn it in, or copy/paste to the Short Film folder on the I:drive.

Script/Storyboard (Due Feb 8th):
You may choose to write a script, a storyboard, or both. I recommend that you create both in order to be completely prepared for Production. In your script/storyboard, you must have at least 2 characters. Characters do not need to be persons, nor do they need to appear on camera. Your 3 acts must be well-defined (to do this, you should label each act). You must include at least 3 things that the viewer will obviously learn about your characters. You may develop one or more of your characters. Your Protagonist must face at least 3 conflicts during the story. These may be large or small obstacles. Print the document(s) and turn it in, or copy/paste to the Short Film folder on the I:drive.

Discussion and Logline (Due Feb 11th):
Each team will discuss their short film with Mr. Corken. The discussion will be used to determine if you have a well-defined story idea with realistic settings and an achievable shooting schedule. You must also demonstrate how you will use your assigned character, prop, and line of dialogue.

The logline is a one or two-sentence description/summary of your film (35 words max). A logline includes the title of the film, the genre, a description of at least one character, and a description of the story. Please note! This is not to be confused with a tagline, which is a catchy phrase you might put on your movie poster. Bring your logline with you to your discussion meeting.

Logline Example (GOOD!): "Observe and Report is a dark comedy following the story of Ronnie Barnhardt, a deluded, self-important head of mall security who squares off in a turf war against the local cops."

Logline Example (BAD!): "Right Now, the World Needs a Hero"

Acceptable Genres are:
  • Action
  • Adaptation
  • Animated
  • Anime
  • Art
  • Autobiographical Documentary
  • Biography
  • Comedy
  • Coming Of Age
  • Crime
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Food
  • History
  • Horror
  • Mockumentary
  • Musical
  • Mystery
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Satire
  • Sci-Fi
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • War
  • Western
  • Teen

Production Video Shot and Captured (Feb 15th)

Shoot the video
Capture the video

Post-Production Short Film (Feb 20th)

You must edit the film in Premiere Pro, and you may use Audition for sounds. Your film must begin with 5 seconds of black video. The title of your film must appear on screen. We must see all of the required elements in your film: all 3 acts, a fire point, a turning point, assigned character, prop, and line of dialogue. You must include at least 2 video transitions, as well as rolling credits. Total Run Time (TRT) for your short film must be less than 5:00:00 (5 minutes). Your film must be exported in H.264 format for YouTube. Your filename must include your last name. Copy/Paste your completed film to the Short Film folder on the I:\drive.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Produce a Trailer for your short film.

The trailer must be exactly 30 seconds, and it must present an accurate representation of your short film.