Directing Short Films

An 8 Part Directing Course.

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This course is about creating compelling short, animated films. Along with Director Colin Hesterly you will work through the entire process of concepting, scripting, storyboarding and designing your film.

This 8 week course is designed to challenge your process and help inspire you to create more compelling films, whether they are personal or commercial.


Colin Hesterly

Artist & Animator.

Director for Not To Scale.

Age 31.

Colin is a director, animator and designer currently represented by, Not To Scale. He has a passion for using animation to tell stories and captivate audiences.

Colin is an award winning director, designer and animator. A graduate of Full Sail University, he has grown his portfolio and is now represented as a commercial and editorial director of animated shorts. Colin doesn't see animation as a genre, but rather a technique used to tell stories. His classical approach to directing animation is a sorely needed example in an industry with too many explainer videos and not enough story telling.

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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

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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.

Next Session Starts September 13

This is an 8 week commitment to produce your own short.

Our first live sessions will be the week of September 13th.

To join the live course, register at the $1699 price. Only 6 seats available for the mentorship course. If the option is gone, we have sold out live seats.

To learn more about this course see the course preview.

On Demand Lecture Series

If you can't do the live class, feel free to purchase the $99 self-guided course.

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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