ONE-MONTH FILMMAKING PROJECT
Develop your skills in a real-world environment with our bespoke filmmaking project.
Make a short film in a month
Weekend 1 is Preproduction
Weekend 2 is Production
Weekend 3 is Postproduction
Weekend 4 is the Screening
WHAT SORT OF FILMS DO YOU MAKE?
We make short narrative films of any genre. Our films are a maximum 10 pages and must be shot in the production weekend.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE FILM YOU'LL MAKE?
We have a script pitching process, where every participant can stand up and pitch a script or an idea. The story must be able to be made within the month and shot the following weekend. AOTS is a skills development programme, and we teach our participants how to pitch.
The film then selected through a democratic vote.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE DIRECTOR?
Once we have selected the film, we have a a Pitch To Direct process. Potential Directors pitch their vision using our bespoke template, and we select the Director through a democratic vote.
WILL I GET THE SPECIFIC ROLE I WANT?
AOTS is a bespoke skills development project. We cannot guarantee a specific role, but we do work with each participant so they fill a role that will help them develop their filmmaking skills and their individual goals. The Writer and Director roles are selected from a pitching process; the remaining roles are allocated amongst the team.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FILMS ONCE THEY ARE FINISHED?
After the Screening, the film is posted online and we try to get as many people as possible to watch the film and complete our feedback form. The film is made available to cast and crew for showreel material and it is added to IMDb. If the Director and team want to make further changes to the film, it can be edited further. AOTS itself does not submit the film to festivals, but the Director and team can if they wish.
WHO NORMALLY TAKES PART IN THE PROJECT?
Anyone can take part in the project, from absolute beginners who know nothing about filmmaking, to experienced filmmakers who want to learn a new role. We've had people who studied film who have never been on a film set; filmmakers new to the area who want to grow their network; and people who have an idea they want to make but don't have the resources themselves.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I REGISTER?
You will be invited to a private Facebook group for the project, which we use throughout the project. You'll receive emails with more details as we near the Preproduction weekend.
WHAT DO I AGREE TO BY REGISTERING?
You agree to take part in the AOTS Short Film Project.
We make short films with the aim to build our experience and credits. When the film is completed, it is released online and added to IMDb.
By taking part, you:
agree to be credits for your part in the film(s); and
understand that there is no financial reimbursement for your role in the film(s).
There are additional agreements dependent on your role in the film. These must be signed before the shoot. For instance, actors grant permission for their image and likeness to be used; writers agree that their work is their own and give permission for the script be be made; etc.
Note these agreements must be signed by ALL cast and crew involved in the project.
Cast and crew who are under 18 years old must have their parent or guardian sign on their behalf.
I CAN'T MAKE IT EVERY WEEKEND: IS IT STILL WORTH IT?
Definitely. The first two weekends are most important; the second two are optional.
Weekend 1 Preproduction is where we select the script(s) and allocate roles.
Weekend 2 Production is where we're on set shooting the film.
Weekend 3 Postproduction is required for the editor and director; there is an optional 2-hour workshop for other participants.
Weekend 4 is the Screening, 2-hours one afternoon.
There is an optional 2-hour Review Session on Weekend 5.
If you can't attend the full day of workshops or the entire shoot, you can still take part. Just let us know in advance.
Note the Director will need full commitment for every weekend.
WHAT DOES MY FEE COVER?
There is no such thing as a "no-budget" film. Your fee covers the cost for making the movie: on-set catering, insurance, location and equipment hire, transport costs, limited art department budget. Your fee also covers room hire for the preproduction weekend and screening, and operational costs.
The fee does not cover the cost of submitting the film(s) into film festivals.
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS?
Students can email us a scanned copy of their student ID for a discount code.
Participants who sign-up another person can contact the organiser for a discount code.
I ONLY WANT TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRST WEEKEND'S NETWORKING AND SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT, AND CANNOT ATTEND THE SHOOT. IS THERE A DISCOUNT.
, there is a discount for single preproduction days. If you can only make one preproduction day and not the rest of the project, this may be your best option. Contact the organiser to discuss.
If you pitch a script and it is selected, you will need to take part in the full project.
Remember the fee covers the budget for the film.
I'VE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN THE SHOOT. DO I NEED TO PAY?
No. The fee is for project participants taking part in the full-month event. If we're short of a particular crew or cast member during the month, we will post a casting or crew call. If you have been booked through one of these, you do not pay the registration fee for the project.
I REGISTERED BUT NOW CAN'T ATTEND. WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
We offer a full refund until 48 hours before Preproduction Day 1. Partial refunds are available before the end of Preproduction Day 1. After that we cannot offer a refund.
We do understand things happen: email us to discuss.