[Business Series] What I Wish I Knew: Making Your First Short Film

Arman Cole
Filmmaker, SMALL ARMS

Chances are if you’ve been writing and pitching and networking long enough, you've heard "no" plenty of times. Maybe you've been wondering if you should make your own content. Be it a Proof of Concept to help get your work out there, or making a short to then enter into festivals, transitioning from writer to writer-director means you need a new set of tools.  

If you’re interested in directing a project but the how seems daunting, don’t worry, we hear you. That’s why we have Arman Cole to give you a crash course on what to expect as you prepare for your first shoot! 

This 75-Min. Webinar Covers:

  • Timeline for making a short/proof of concept 
  • Finding a producer and budgeting 
  • Pre-production and planning 
  • Being the Director on set
  • Crowdfunding and other sources of funding

About Your Host

Arman Cole is a freelance director, writer, and producer. His USC MFA thesis film SMALL ARMS, starring Tyler Young of USA Network's Eyewitness, premiered at the Creative Artists Agency Moebius showcase, played at LA International Shorts Fest, and was recently released online on Short of the Week as well as at Omeleto, where it has over 50,000 views. He co-produced the Warner Bros. financed proof-of-concept short film RISE which is now being developed there as a feature by Roy Lee. In addition to producing and directing web content, shorts, and music videos, he is currently developing an independent feature drama about undocumented Pakistani immigrants set in his home state of Michigan.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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