How you do anything is how you do everything. 

A solid director needs a fool-proof process that will take them from A to Z  in preparation on every shoot.  Your prep is critical to your success.  The more prepared you are up front, the better prepared you are when the unexpected arises.  As a director, you set the tone for everyone on set.  Your work today becomes your calling card for your next job, so you need every advantage you can get. 

Over the course of 10 years in the commercial film industry, I have curated the best and most efficient methods to prepare for any shoot.  These courses help you take the guess-work out of your process.  I’m sharing all the tools and methods I’ve refined over a decade of work in the industry – join me!


From script breakdown to shotlisting, learn the tools you need to stay organised and on track for a short film shoot. Including:

  • Script breakdown
  • Treatment
  • Shot list
  • Storyboard
  • Shooting list

Cost: $149
Date: TBD


Learn the prep process that I utilised to direct two consecutive seasons of a popular series. This fast-paced workshop is designed for experienced directors looking for more tools to help them with prepping longer or more complicated shoots.

The 2 hour workshop will cover cross boarding, block shooting and scheduling for:

  • 20 episodes
  • Over 150 pages
  • 3 weeks prep
  • 18 day shoot

Cost: $180 $299
Date: June 25, 2022 2pm PST or
June 26, 2022 11am PST


I was in your prep course last year, and it was incredibly helpful as I prepared to direct two thesis films. Nobody else in my class was as prepared, and I have you to thank for that…So much of your workshop was especially helpful during covid...This workshop was amazing! I recommend that all emerging directors or anyone else who wants to improve their prep game take this course. Thank you!!
-Sarah Felicité

Soma’s workshop was densely packed with practical, actionable techniques that will up your game to the next level. If you really want to sharpen your tools and learn what top directors in the industry do, this is it! Highly recommended!
-Leah Patterson

Soma Helmi has the absolute best prep technique I’ve ever seen.  Taking this course will help you as a beginner but light your prep on fire if you are experienced. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of this course. Your career will thank you for it.
-Cady McClain

We had the pleasure of taking Soma’s Director’s Prep Workshop and  – WOW!  Soma has a comprehensive process of preparing for any TV or Film shoot, that immediately gives you confidence your project is in good hands.  As TV writers, we enjoyed seeing the process to really understand how Directors do it.  Take this course!  A must for any Director, AND a perfect place to start for a writer who wants to direct.
-Lisa & Laura Bunbury, TV/Film Writers


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Once payment has been received, a link to the event will be emailed out to participants.


  • Cancellations within 24 hours of payment will receive a full refund – provided it isn’t within workshop window.
  • After above, cancellations will only receive CREDIT toward another workshop – provided it isn’t within workshop window.
  • There will be NO refunds within 24 hours of workshop start time (workshop window).