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Abena Taylor-Smith | Storytelling through Short Films | Masterclass | 13/05/2021


Thursday 13th May 7-9pm via Zoom



Abena Taylor-Smith | Storytelling through Short Films | Masterclass | 13/05/2021


Storytelling through Short Films

This masterclass will discuss the mystical process of settling on an idea, working with that idea in order for it to become a story; the tools used in pre-production such as loglines, outlines, synopses, moodboards and sizzle reels and how they can be helpful. On set demeanour, the importance of self-care; and navigating the honesty vs exposure dilemma of being a queer artist making queer work.

This masterclass is for ages 18+ and will be hosted via a Zoom meeting. Please refer to our Zoom Guidelines.

Abena Taylor-Smith Biography

Abena is a multi-award-winning writer-director with experience working on funded short films for Sky Arts, Creative England, and the NFTS. Her 2018 short film, Ladies Day, has screened at some of the most prestigious festivals in the UK and internationally including Outfest, Black Star and Raindance. Her 2019 short film, The Best is Yet to Come was supported by the NFTS and Disney UK, it won the Filmmaker Favourite Award at Palm Springs Shortfest (2020). She is a BFI Flare mentee (2019), alumnus of the NFTS Directors Workshop (2019) and the BFI Northern Screenwriters Lab (2019).

Twitter @AbenaT_S


This masterclass is part of E.D.E.N. Digital, an online filmmaking project for the LGBTQ+ community run by E.D.E.N. Film Productions. E.D.E.N. Digital is funded by Comic Relief’s LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Recovery Fund, in partnership with METRO Charity, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT.


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