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Directing Experimental Short Films

A course by Jiajie Yu Yan
Director and Filmmaker. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2016
, Director and Filmmaker

Learn to create a short film based on an image that inspires you

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (584)
  • 13661 students

Learn to create a short film based on an image that inspires you

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (584)
  • 13661 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 45m)
  • 33 additional resources (14 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

In conceptual film work, the real star is the director. The creative flexibility inherent in arthouse cinema gives the director the freedom to imprint their own personality and experiences onto the piece itself. These characteristics perfectly describe the work of Jiajie Yu Yan, a film and advertising director whose short films and music videos have been nominated and awarded at numerous international festivals.

In this course, Jiajie teaches you the process that a conceptual film director follows to carry out their projects—from the initial idea to shooting and post-production.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Meditation
  • U3
    U3. Inspiration
  • U4
    U4. Awareness
  • U5
    U5. Creativity
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Jiajie Yu Yan and how he went from acting in a Pepsi commercial to directing his own short films. Discover the directors, composers, and photographers who influence him, and see how he puts together an inspirational mood board.

Now start crafting your personal style by choosing the aspect ratio of your work, the framing, composition, color, and camera movements.

Learn to make a visual film treatment based on a photo that inspires you, exploring the stories an image can evoke through mere observation.

Next, create the shooting script for your audiovisual piece by documenting each shot on a template provided by Jiajie.

Lights, camera, action! After choosing a shoot location, learn how to direct actors and effectively communicate the character you want them to interpret.

It’s a wrap! Move on to the post-production phase and discover what decisions a director makes in terms of editing, color, and music to add those finishing touches to your project.

What is this course's project?

Create a short film based on an inspirational image.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Filmmakers, screenwriters, editors, and anyone who loves cinema, photography, and the audiovisual world.

Requirements and materials

Some knowledge of cinematographic language, photography, and an editing program is recommended. Any lighting and art direction skills are also a plus in terms of achieving visually appealing results.

You need access to a video camera and a computer with an editing program installed (Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, Avid, etc.).


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Jiajie Yu Yan

A course by Jiajie Yu Yan

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Director and Filmmaker

Jiajie Yu Yan is a film director and commercial filmmaker. His first experience on a film set was in 2007 as an actor for a Pepsi ad, which is when he realized that what he really wanted to do was to get behind the camera. He earned a degree in audiovisual communication from the Ramón Llull University in Barcelona and did a master's degree in screenplay and film direction at the Bande à Part film school. Thanks to a scholarship, he moved to Madrid to study a master in digital cinematography at EFTI.

He has received awards at the Thailand International Film Destination Festival for his short films A Lonely Trip (2014) and Blissful City (2015). His short film Aliens (2016) was filmed in Benidorm and has been nominated in more than 40 national and international festivals, including the Málaga Film Festival, the Sant Joan d'Alacant Film Festival, and the Curtocircuíto International Short Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela—all of them qualifiers for the Goya Awards. His latest music video for the song Soul (2018) by the group The Prussians was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and has been shared on platforms such as NOWNESS, Booooooom, Directors Notes, and in magazines such as i-D Vice, Metal Magazine, and Kluid Magazine. He recently finished his latest short film Xiao Xian, which is in the process of being distributed at festivals.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences I
    • Influences II
  • U2


    • Format
    • Frames and compositions
    • Color as narrative use
    • Camera movements
  • U3


    • Catch the golden fish
    • Creating a Visual Treatment Document
    • Film language guide
    • Creating a Technical Script
  • U4


    • Location and filming set
    • Direction of actors
  • U5


    • Mounting
    • Colour
    • Sound and music
    • Do you want to see how my final piece has been?
  • FP

    Final project

    • Direction of conceptual audiovisual pieces

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Directing Experimental Short Films. Photography, and Video course by Jiajie Yu Yan Best seller

Directing Experimental Short Films

A course by Jiajie Yu Yan
Director and Filmmaker. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (584)
  • 13661 students