Directing Short Films with Colin Hesterly

An 8 Part Directing Course.

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Colin Hesterly


Inspired by a sense of wonder and nostalgia, his career began as a freelance artist for a variety of companies and brands around the globe. His success as a storyteller led him to produce six animated short films that each garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick. His creative process focuses on the art of 2D Animation and character-driven narrative. With work spanning across a broad range of artistic fields, from TV to Film Titles, Short Films, and Commercials.

Class Curriculum

  Mentorship Course
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  Week 02 : The Script
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  Week 03 : Storyboards 1.0
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  Week 04 : Storyboards 2.0
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  Week 05 : Animatic
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  Week 06 : Color
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  Week 07 : Characters & Worlds
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  Week 08 : Design Frames
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why this course?
This 8 week, online course is a summary of Colin Hesterly's approach to directing short films and ads. His approach is intentional with each film and in this workshop, he walks through each stage of production.
Is there A Live forum?
Yes! Purchasing this workshop will give you access to our MoGraph Mentor Slack community. You can share work and ask questions. So jump into this workshop and discuss it in the MoGraph Mentor Slack.
What will I know by the end?
The process that Colin uses with each film. How he pitches clients and develops films. You'll understand his approach to making artwork and developing an animatic. You'll understand the big picture process of directing your own short films.
When does it start?
Right when you sign up! This is an online course that is available right when you sign up. We encourage students to take 1 week per module but may work through it all faster.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

On Demand Lecture Series

Each week you will receive an email with that weeks content. A lecture, or series of lectures, will be available along with your assignment for the week.

This is for those students who can complete a self-guided course and create their short film with minimal feedback along the way. A great way to see Colin's entire process and be guided to create your own short, but on your time and at a more affordable price point.

Storytelling & Design

This course will focus on the process of telling stories through short films.

Understanding basic filmmaking and production concepts is essential to creating compelling films. Colin's focus is on creating worlds and characters that serve the story and help create a richness and distinct style.

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