Translating personal experiences into film

A course by Ayla Spaans
Film director. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Joined January 2022
, Film director

Learn how to create a script and translate your personal stories into a short film.

  • 67% positive reviews (3)
  • 453 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to create a script and translate your personal stories into a short film.

Discover the power of storytelling and transform your personal experiences into captivating narratives. Join Ayla Spaans, an acclaimed film director known for her playful, nostalgic, and humor-infused style, as she shares her insights and techniques.

Through a series of engaging lessons, Ayla will guide you on a journey of self-expression and creativity. Without the need for any prior experience, you'll learn how to find inspiration in your own life and develop a unique signature style. Explore the process of writing a script, creating a treatment or visual document, and giving your story a distinct look and feel.

In this online course, Ayla will show you how to translate memories into meaningful stories that touch people's hearts. With her guidance, you'll gain the skills to craft compelling narratives and create visual masterpieces that resonate with audiences.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 26 downloads

How to Start
9 minutes, 41 seconds
7 minutes, 49 seconds
Logline and Synopsis
6 minutes, 46 seconds
The Script
9 minutes, 32 seconds
The Treatment
6 minutes, 21 seconds
  • 67% positive reviews (3)
  • 453 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 26m)
  • 26 additional resources (5 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

What is this course's project?

Create a treatment or visual document for your story idea. By applying the techniques and knowledge shared by Ayla Spaans, you'll distill the essence, genre, and look and feel of your film concept into a compelling visual guide. This treatment will serve as a powerful tool to communicate your vision to your team, aligning everyone's understanding and setting the stage for the realization of your dream project.

Who is this online course for?

For anyone who has a passion for storytelling and a desire to bring their personal experiences to life through film. Whether you're a budding filmmaker, a creative enthusiast, or simply someone with a story to tell, this course will empower you to express yourself through the art of visual storytelling.

Requirements and materials

No prior experience is necessary—just an open mind, a willingness to explore, and a desire to share your unique perspective with the world. You'll need a laptop with Keynote or a similar presentation software. Additionally, having writing materials at hand, such as a notebook and pen, will be beneficial for jotting down ideas and sketching out concepts. Apart from these basic tools, all you need is an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a readiness to embrace your own experiences as the wellspring of inspiration for your storytelling journey.


453 Students
3 Reviews
67% Positive ratings

Ayla Spaans

A course by Ayla Spaans

Teacher Plus
Film director

Ayla Spaans is a renowned director of short films, music videos, commercials, and children's series. With a playful, stylish, and color-coordinated approach, Ayla's work captivates audiences worldwide. She explores themes of friendship, family, and self-love, drawing inspiration from her own life experiences, particularly her childhood memories and the nostalgic charm they hold.

Ayla's unique storytelling style combines aesthetics with a deeper exploration of emotions, normalizing subjects such as self-love, growth, illness, love, and disappointment in an abstract yet lighthearted manner. Through this course, Ayla shares her personal workflow, emphasizing the importance of finding what works best for you as a creative individual.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Your Vision, Your Idea

    • Finding Inspiration and Motivation
    • How to Start
    • Research
    • Logline and Synopsis
    • The Script
  • U3

    Setting up the Treatment

    • The Treatment
    • Image Selection
    • Look and Feel: Cast and Styling
    • Look and Feel: Colors, Art Direction, and Cinematography
    • Music and Editing
  • U4

    The Final Treatment and Film

    • The Final Results
    • Funding
  • FP

    Final project

    • Translate your short film idea to a treatment for pitching

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Translating personal experiences into film.  course by Ayla Spaans

Translating personal experiences into film

A course by Ayla Spaans
Film director. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Joined January 2022
  • 67% positive reviews (3)
  • 453 students