How to get your 10 minute short film made in five months?

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Yes you can make a ten minute short movie in five months. It is a realistic time-frame and makes the goal realistic and specific.  The most important part of the process is to Set Deadlines” for each stage of the production. 

I have broken down the action steps over Five Months, needed to achieve the goal as follows.

Month One 

  • Perfect and finish your Script.
  • Advertise your Casting. Place an Add on the correct Acting Sites 

Month Two 

  • Have very productive Casting Sessions
  • Choose your Actors. 
  • The Producer/Production Manager should Start Preproduction.
  • This is the process of finalising your locations, your crew, your equipment and your cast. 

Month Three

  • Final Preparations for the Shoot Catering and Unit.
  • Director prepares his or her Shot List, Actor Blocking Plan Production Design Plan. 
  • He or She rehearses the Actors and finalise costumes,
  • Goes to the film sets on location and finalises the plan.  
  • The Shoot takes place at  the end of the month over 4 Days. 
  • Usually a Saturday Sunday if you have a day job. 

Month 4 

  • Shoot concludes at the beginning of the month. 2nd Shooting Weekend.
  •  Postproduction Starts.
  • Editing goes on in earnest. 
  • You edit the film and colour it and add titles

Month Five 

  • You conclude Editing  
  • Move to the next phase Sound Post.
  • You get the dialogue tracks cleaned up and ADR (Actor Dialogue replacement)
  • You find great Music and add Sound Effects and mix all of the tracks together.
  • You Export a version of the film. 
  • You do a few test screenings.
  • Then tweak the edit on the basis of trend feedback. 
  • Then you Export the Final Version.
  • After Final Export, you enter film festivals  
  • You need to know the tricks of doing so and how to save money.
  • You also need to know the seven Best Platforms to get your film on. 


Phew It sounds like a lot.   And yes it is a challenge. However, it does not have to be hard and complicated when you have great mentorship and help and coaching. 
Have a look at the Five Month Filmmaking Course where you learn all of the above and get your film made in Five Months. 

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Colm O'Murchu - Host

Colm O’Murchu is a passionate Indie Filmmaker and owner of the production company, International Film Base. He has directed and produced three successfully released feature films worldwide and one documentary.  

His most recent film Tabernacle 101 has been released in 2019 in the US and will be released in Australia in late 2020 premiering at the Sci Fi Film Festival. He is currently in development on his next feature film Absolute Freedom, an action adventure film set in the outback.

He has spoken at Indie Film Seminars all over the world and created online and offline film courses 

 He lives in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia and loves the outdoors and the mountains.

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