Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry. 

What do Bottle Rocket, Whiplash, and Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul have in common? All three films started out as shorts before being reimagined and expanded into feature-length films. One of the best ways to showcase your craft as a filmmaker is to write and direct a short film. Over the years, many independent filmmakers have used their short as a proof-of-concept and learning opportunity for a feature-length project. But how do you make that leap from short to feature? What should you consider creatively? How do you leverage the success of your short to find opportunities for financing? In our live, interactive three-hour Master Class, twin sisters/filmmakers Adamma and Adanne Ebo will guide you through the journey from short to feature, sharing the journey from award-winning short film to their critically acclaimed feature film Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul (SFF ‘22) as a case study.

Topics covered include:

  • Crafting your short film as a proof of concept for a feature
  • Understanding each format’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Expanding your story and character arcs (and letting things go)
  • Financing your feature
  • Building an audience through your shortlist of donors
  • Evaluating attachments for cast and crew
  • Production considerations when setting up your feature

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Table of Contents

0:05 - Introduction to Master Class

5:41 - Adamma and Adanne Ebo introduction

6:49 - A Brief Timeline of Our Short to Feature Journey

18:21 - Our Short Film as a Proof of Concept

20:35 - Short vs. Feature - Key Similarities - Gum clips discussion

25:22 - Short vs. Feature - Key Similarities - Thrones clips discussion

37:28 - Short vs. Feature - Key Similarities - Always Make it Work clips discussion

42:01 - Short vs. Feature - Key Similarities - Maurice/Monterius clips discussion

50:07 - Short vs. Feature - Key Similarities - Miming clips discussion

1:01:12 - Expanding Story & Character Arcs - Amen/Knuck If You Buck clip discussion

1:08:49 - Expanding Story & Character Arcs - Lawyer Call clip discussion

1:17:11 - Expanding Story & Character Arcs - Basketball clip discussion

1:27:23 - Expanding Story & Character Arcs - Sumpter Standoff clip discussion

1:35:22 - Expanding Story & Character Arcs - Perfect Man clip discussion

1:44:50 - Q&A

1:59:30 - Building an Audience and Capitalizing on the Short’s Success

2:03:17 - Attaching “Name” Talent

2:06:36 - Financing

2:12:17 - Setting Up Our Feature

2:21:02 - Setting Up Our Feature - Festivals, Marketing, Distribution

2:29:54 - Final Q&A

2:47:30 - Closing Announcements

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Adamma & Adanne Ebo are American-Nigerian identical twins who create together as a filmmaking duo. Their feature film HONK FOR JESUS. SAVE YOUR SOUL - written and directed by Adamma, produced by Adanne and starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown sold to Focus Features and Monkepaw at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and had a wide theatrical release. Their TV writing credits include the upcoming Amazon series MR & MRS SMITH and BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER for HBOMax. They’ve also set up two pilot specs: SUPPLY, 404 with Gloria Sanchez Productions, and MRC; and SUPASHAWTY GIRLS, FUNKAMATIC BANGBANG with 20th Television Animation and Freeform. Adamma has directed an episode of FX’s ATLANTA and three episodes of Amazon’s & Donald Glover’s HIVE. Both are Spelman College graduates; Adamma is a UCLA Film School graduate, and Adanne is a Northwestern Law School graduate. Adamma is a lover of all things video games, fashion, anime, naps, and daydreaming about the perfect Keyblade design. Likewise, Adanne also loves video games, fashion, anime, and training to become the Avatar—master of all four elements. more...

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