Lean Filmmaking: Turn Your Vision into a Short Film

A course by Iliès Terki
Film Director. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined May 2021
, Film Director

Learn how to write, shoot, and post-produce a meaningful short film using minimum resources

  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 409 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to write, shoot, and post-produce a meaningful short film using minimum resources



  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 409 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 21m)
  • 24 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Filmmaking is an opportunity to bring your vision to life by crafting ideas into images and stories. Film director Iliès Terki specializes in doing just that using minimal resources for maximum impact. He runs his own studio specializing in short-form fiction and has worked with brands including adidas, BMW, Renault, and Netflix Germany.

In this online course, Iliès teaches you the process of translating your vision into a short film. Learn to tell meaningful stories with only a few resources, from the initial concept to the final edit. Discover the power of lean filmmaking.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Lean Filmmaking
  • U3
    U3. Pre-production
  • U4
    U4. Production
  • U5
    U5. Post-production
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know filmmaker and creative director Iliès Terki. Discover the creative journey that led him to start his own studio, along with the influences that inspire him and the work he creates.

Look at the differences between short and long-form storytelling, as well as the advantages and challenges of making a short film. Then dive into what “lean filmmaking” is. Learn Iliès' process for finding a good short story and see how to approach the script writing process.

Create the vision for your short film and transform it into a concept book that can be shared with stakeholders and collaborators. See how to cast actors for your film and build a crew to help you bring it to life. Iliès shares his advice for location scouting, along with the essential steps to take during the pre-production process.

Time to shoot your short film! Learn what to do when you arrive on location and how to communicate effectively with the talent as a director. Then explore how to maximize your coverage and protect your creative energy.

To wrap up the course, Iliès guides you through the process of editing your film, as well as adding music and sound for a professional end result.

What is this course's project?

Write, shoot, and edit a three-minute short film with a public bench as your stage.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for creative minds with an interest in filmmaking and short-form fiction.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need a camera (like a DSLR or smartphone), a tripod, an actor, and access to editing software such as DaVinci Resolve.


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Iliès Terki

A course by Iliès Terki

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Iliès Terki is an Algerian-born film director based in Hamburg, and the founder of his own creative studio, which specializes in short-form fiction. He started his career as a cover designer in the music industry before going on to study communications and visual arts in Madrid and Paris. He later studied art direction in Hamburg and New York, and went on to work in an advertising agency, where he was introduced to high-end filmmaking and realized it was what he wanted to pursue. Iliès began experimenting with filmmaking in his spare time and, in 2015, quit his job to launch his career in the art form.

Since then, Iliès has established his own studio, Idle Films, which has produced a series of 52 fiction stories and small vignettes. He has also worked with brands including adidas, BMW, Renault, Netflix Germany, UNICEF, Penguin Random House, and Haribo.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Lean Filmmaking

    • Writing a Minimum Viable Story
    • How to Find a Good Short Story
    • Intro to Lean Filmmaking
    • Why Make a Short Film Narrative?
  • U3

    Pre-production

    • Building a Squad and Getting Feedback
    • Finalizing the Pre-production Stage
    • Location Scouting
    • Casting for Indie-Filmmaking
    • Concept Book
    • Creating the Vision for Your Short
  • U4

    Production

    • Protecting the Creative Energy
    • How Pre-production Helps You
    • Communicating with the Talent
    • Arriving on Location
  • U5

    Post-production

    • Music and Sound
    • Editing, VFX, and Grading
  • FP

    Final project

    • Lean Filmmaking: Turn Your Vision into a Short Film

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Lean Filmmaking: Turn Your Vision into a Short Film

A course by Iliès Terki
Film Director. Hamburg, Germany.
Joined May 2021
  • 83% positive reviews (6)
  • 409 students