Smartphone Filmmaking Certificate
March 29 @ 6:30 pm - April 26 @ 9:30 pm
This 5-week Smartphone Filmmaking Certificate builds on the Director's Foundation Certificate. Participants write, shoot, edit -- then screen their short film on week 5!
Participants must bring a smartphone, tablet or any other device with shooting capabilities.
Make your own no-budget film in 5 weeks! Explore the vibrant filmmaking landscape in the most diverse city in the world: Toronto.
Taught by passionate, professional filmmaker, George D’Amato, whose stunning visual eye was honed as a professional director in Hollywood, a commercial director with the biggest brands in the world, and most recently as an independent film director and producer. George takes you through the creative and technical filmmaking process to leverage that small, powerful, visual device right in your pocket. This incredible, little camera with big capabilities has yet to be exploited, and George's unique approach helps you understand the visual power you have, literally, at hand. No more excuses for not directing a short film!
Each weekly session will walk you through the steps necessary to make your own 1- to 3-minute film, which can become your calling card as a director.
This 5-week workshop is offered to students who have completed our Director's Foundation Certificate (or requires Raindance approval to join) and is seen as a natural continuation of the Director's Foundation Certificate.
This workshop is limited to 10 filmmakers.
Participants will be required to bring an open mind, a lust for filmmaking and the desire to engage in creative problem-solving, ingenuity, and your own skills and personal vision.
Workshop Introduction and Premise: The power is in your hand, and in your eyes. What are you looking at every day, and what are you seeing? Learn techniques and exercises to strengthen your visual curiosity, prowess and develop a film director's daily 'muscle.'
Week 1 - Story and Theme
Select the script topic for your film: Examine the theme and story you wish to tell. Collaborate or work on your own. Develop your concept and begin planning your strategy. Complete a homework exercise for Week 2.
Week 2 - Pre-Production
Pre-production work; storyboarding; location scouting; casting: what you have available right under your nose, and what you need to know to access them.
Week 3 - The Shoot
The shoot: Yes, that's what we do. We shoot.
Week 4 - Post-Production
The Edit/Music: This is the 'emotional' story layer you wish to tell, and what adds depth and polish to a film.
Week 5 - The Screening
The screening: We screen and debrief the films you've made, discuss how to take this process to your next film and continue to the next level of directing a film.
About the instructor, George D'Amato
George D'Amato is a feature film, television and commercial filmmaker. Informed by global travel, his unique visual style has garnered television clients such as the National Broadcast Company (NBC), National Geographic, The History Channel, and Discovery.
“BLUR”, released in 2016, is D’Amato’s feature film debut as director, producer and co-writer.
A notable commercial director and producer, as well, he has had a roster of Fortune 500 clients: Apple Computers, General Motors, AT&T, The Ford Motor Company, IBM, Volvo, Hyundai, Budweiser Brewing Company, Molson Brewing Company, Nestles, Drug-Free America, and ESPN.
George is currently directing “ART or WAR”, the documentary features social commentary artist Viktor Medic. Also, in pre-production, “Swipe Right” is a feature film that explores the world of online dating via Tinder, the downloadable dating app.
Additional directing awards include the Gold Cleo, the One Show, Gold Bessie, Bronze Bessie, and Craft Award for Directing, Directors Guild of America, Golden Marble, and Two commercials in the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection
NYU Film School - MFA
The Actors Studio - NYC
Second City Improv
Specialties: A stunning visual artist.