Make It Short!

The short film project

Class Details

Teacher: Dominic Burgess

Dates: Mondays, May 3 – June 21.  8 weeks.

Time: 5-8:30 pm Pacific Time.  Online.

Ideal for:  For actors interested in writing and producing their own content.  By application or invitation. **There are no makeups, refunds, substitutes, transfers, or deferments for any classes.** (Cancellation Policy)

Cost:  $649 USD.  Initial payment of $349 is due as a deposit to secure your spot, $300 due after class 2.

Where: Online via Zoom.

“I want to make my own work, but…”  Fill in the blank for yourself.

You’ve probably heard it from coaches, managers, and your peers a million times: you’ve got to create your own content.  Maybe you’d like to make a short, but you don’t know where to start. Perhaps you have something ready to go that needs a little finessing to get it in shape.  Or possibly there’s a feature film or pilot that you want to put together that’s out of your grasp; it may be time to look at a “proof of concept” short.

This is where Make It Short! comes in. Wherever you are in your process, the 8 week workshop, Make It Short!,  taught by the brilliant Dominic Burgess,  is here to offer a guiding hand.

Short films are one of the most wonderful forms of filmmaking, allowing creators the opportunity to really express theirvision on screen. They’re a powerful tool that can give filmmakers (that’s you!) access to writer and director mentorship programs, the opportunity to get you into rooms to discuss “what’s next,” solid clips for your reel, and a new way to look at your place in the Industry.  Bigger projects might come with often years-long production, mammoth financing obstacles to overcome, and perhaps creative decisions that you hold near and dear falling by the wayside when studio and network notes come into play.  Not so with shorts.

You’re in control.  Your voice.  Your vision.  On screen. 

Time to toss excuses out the window and dive deep into the challenges – and come out on the other side with a short script ready to shoot and a new-found sense of acceptance and agency.

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Creating your own work empowers you to take control of your own career.  It’s the start of something significant.  And Dom is here to inspire and guide  you on your writing, creating, and producing journey.

Dom has experienced all this first hand, as a director/writer/filmmaker who is also a consistently working actor.  Dom believes that giving yourself permission to move beyond resistance to generate content can empower every actor and build unshakable confidence in your voice as an artist.  In this class, as you collaborate with others and push past your fear of getting it “wrong,” you will be afforded the opportunity to expand both as an artist and a unique individual.  You will find your voice in ways beyond acting; and by the way, that also makes you a better actor!  This exciting laboratory leverages your brilliant creativity to make this your most fulfilling, exciting career era yet.


Watch some of the work being created in class:

BGB Short Zoom Films Here

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The Work

In this 8 week lab, you’ll explore writing scenes towards creating a short film- diving into structure, point of view, strong storytelling, editing your pages, and then moving on to talk about how to physically start putting together your project, pre-production, budgeting, filming, and releasing your short. And address how to do this during a pandemic… and beyond!

This class will not be a precious, “gotta-get-it-perfect” practice, but rather your laboratory to build the confidence and joy in the collaborative storytelling process to the point where you won’t just stop at one original short piece — you’ll be on your way to doing it whenever you want, on your terms!

This class is not an audition or employment opportunity and there is no suggestion or guarantee of an audition or employment as a result of taking this class.

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It’s time to take control of your career!