You’ve got a movie studio in your pocket!
Explore the vibrant filmmaking landscape in the most diverse city in the world: Toronto. This Smartphone Filmmaking Certificate gets participants writing, shooting, editing — then screening their short films on week 5!
Taught by passionate, professional filmmaker, George D’Amato, whose stunning visual eye was honed as a feature film director in Hollywood, a commercial director with the biggest brands in the world. Most recently George has developed a career as an indie film director and producer.
On the Smartphone Filmmaking Foundation, 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.
Participants will be required to bring an open mind, a lust for filmmaking and the desire to engage in creative problem-solving and ingenuity, and their personal vision to the screen. A smartphone, tablet or any other device with shooting capabilities is the only gear that’s needed.
Prior completion of the Raindance Director’s Foundation Certificate is recommended but not required.
This workshop is limited to 12 filmmakers.
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 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 indie film debut as director, producer and co-writer. It premiered at the 2016 Raindance Film Festival in London, England.
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.
George is a multiple-award-winning direcotr. His 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 / Stand-up comedy
Specialties: A stunning visual artist.