DFM - Essentials of Film Making

DIGITAL FILM MAKING – Essentials of Film Making




A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film. Short films are often screened at local, national, or international film festivals and made by independent filmmakers for nonprofit, either with a low budget or no budget at all. They are usually funded by film grants, nonprofit organizations, sponsor, or personal funds. Short films are generally used by filmmakers to gain experience or prove their talent in order to gain funding for future films from private investors, entertainment companies, or film studios. Traditionally full length feature films are the known format of entertainment for the audience. It is the same film making fundamental that of a short film, with some changes to it.


Day 1


Speaker introduction

What’s a story? Why do we need stories?

Ingredients of a story: the basic concepts of storytelling


Class flow:

  • Protagonist
  • Beginning, middle and end
  • Character arc
  • What makes for a compelling story?


Finding an idea:

  • Knowing the production limitations and using them to your full advantage
  • Fables and classics
  • Real life
  • News stories


Writing a screenplay:

  • Why do we need a screenplay?
  • Starting with a logline
  • Writing a synopsis / treatment
  • Writing the steps / beat-sheet
  • Writing the first draft
  • The screenplay format
  • Revisions
  • Table reads




Day 2

  • Pre-production
  • Recruiting the crew
  • Script breakdown
  • Scheduling
  • Casting
  • Location scouting
  • Shot breakdown - working with a cinematographer / storyboarding
  • Working with production designer / costumes designer / Line producer
  • Working with a sound designer, sound preproduction
  • Music director - thinking of background score before the shoot begins
  • A, B, C of direction
  • Direction team - delegating responsibilities
  • Table reads and workshops with actors / rehearsals / working with actors
  • Shooting - challenging of working on real locations and sets
  • Editing - working with an editor
  • Sound editing - working with a sound designer
  • Scoring
  • Final mix
  • Grading
  • First print




 What you will gain from the session?

At the end of the session you will able to understand the overall process of short film making and publishing the movie on various online platforms. You would be able to create pre-production materials for any short film. Also this course gives you an overview of the actual production pipeline of short film making.

Bikas Ranjan Mishra
Bikas Ranjan Mishra Award-winning Writer-Director Bikas Mishra’s debut feature “Chauranga” won Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was declared Best Indian Feature at Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI). His short film “Naach Ganesh” (Dance of Ganesha) widely traveled to prestigious festivals including Clermont Ferrand (France), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Busan (South Korea) and IFFLA (Los Angeles). He adapted and directed Badal Sarkar's classic play "Pagla Ghoda" for HotStar and also wrote and directed a web-feature "Guy in the Sky" as a HotStar Original. Bikas holds a Masters degree from the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC) Jamia, New Delhi. Prior to his film-making career, Bikas worked as a special Features show producer for CNBC-TV18. In 2012, he was invited on the Visionary Jury of Critics Week of the Cannes Film Festival. An alumnus of ScriptStation, Berlin and Binger Film Lab, Amsterdam, Bikas received prestigious Hubert Bals Fund for his upcoming project. He teaches screenwriting at Mumbai University’s Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment (RSACE) and serves as a Script Mentor at NFDC’s Screenwriters’ Lab. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Screenwriters Association (SWA).