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Master Class: Create Your Own Short Film

Thursday, August 1
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Helen’s D

Join us for this Master Class with filmmaker Martin Vavra.

Learn hands-on techniques for making your first short film! With director and producer Martin Vavra, you’ll walk through the tools and processes to get your project off the ground from concept to delivery, including online distribution and festival preparation. Get an inside feel for how to: run sets, use locations, be an actor’s director, build out shot lists, be mindful of audio and post production sound, work through post-production, and collaborate with all the people you’ll need to see your project through to the end. You’ll leave the class with a short film (and possibly your next film crew).

Master classes are small, focused workshops, limited to 15 writers, and presented by industry professionals. This Master Class is five hours long, and includes lunch. You must register to attend Master Classes at an additional cost. Please register here.


Martin Vavra

Martin Vavra is an award winning director and producer in film & television, web series and commercial productions. His unique style and technical abilities have won him recognition for his commercial and film work. The documentary, Patrick’s Story, has played and won festivals all over the world. The series From The Gutters is an inside look at the commercial and independent comic book creators and hosts some of the most talented names in the graphic novel world. Voices of April is a 46-episode found footage series that follows a young woman who may be insane or has a telepathic link to an alien race. The films A Deed without a Name, Stalker, and Come To Daddy have played in festivals all across the country, winning several awards. He is the co-founder of the visual effects house The Refuge VFX, which did shows such as Grimm and Portlandia. His work has been seen on television, the big screen, and online. 

Martin Vavra