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How to make an Oscar-nominated short

Updated: Feb 1

Learn from the creators of two Academy Award-nominated live action shorts

In honor of this week's Oscar nominations, we're taking a look back at the highlights from Moonshot Initiative's conversation with Elvira Lind and Eugene Koh, whose live action short films were nominated for the Academy Awards in 2021.

In this interview, director Elvira Lind ("The Letter Room") and cinematographer Eugene Koh ("Feeling Through") share a behind-the-scenes look at their short films. They talk about on-set challenges and how to set a positive tone with your crew. Plus, they share tips for dealing with imposter syndrome and balancing motherhood with filmmaking.


Born in Copenhagen, Elvira Lind graduated from The School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town where she majored in Documentary Film. Elvira’s feature documentary “Bobbi Jene” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. It won Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature and Best Editing in a Documentary Feature. It is now available on Netflix. Elvira currently lives and works out of New York and is writing and developing fiction and documentaries projects. "The Letter Room" which is nominated for an Oscar, is her fiction debut.


Born and raised in South Korea, Eugene obtained her MFA in Film Production, specializing in cinematography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She’s worked on numerous shorts, including Sing Along, starring Uzo Aduba, Alice Ripley and Myles Erlick and Variables which won a DGA award. She also produced Teleglobal Dreamin’, which premiered and was a runner up for the Best Narrative Short at SXSW. Most recently, the short she shot, 'Feeling Through,' was nominated for best shorts at the Oscars. She will be working with Amazon Games Studio to develop programs as a showrunner.


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