The Lockdown Sessions: Laugh Therapy for Filmmakers | Raindance

The Lockdown Sessions: Laugh Therapy for Filmmakers

(4 customer reviews)


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At a glance

  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional
You will be led through a series of improv warm-up exercises! As students bond and gain confidence and momentum, you will learn how improv can help you relax and bolster your creativity.

Who it’s for

  • Filmmakers, writers, directors, wanting to discover how improv can feed their creativity.
  • Creatives in need of relaxation and a laugh.
  • Anyone wanting to take a break from these manic times.

What you’ll learn

  • The basics of improv
  • How to feed your creativity from improvisation techniques
  • How to relax and optimise your creative time

About the Tutor

Brian G. Smith is an Award-winning film-maker, educator, alumnus of The Second City, Creative Producer at, and a Dad.  He is also an actor, writer, director and producer known for Sprout This! (2008), Chère. (2010) and Dave Foley & Fans (2008).

Brian Teaches at Annex Improv, a weekly course that uses theatre games to improve skills in the areas of i) presentational speaking & listening ii) creative problem solving and iii) effective teamwork. And students have a gas while succeeding at it!

Brian has carefully developed this Improv program as a guest lecturer at the Rotman School at U of T, Schulich at York, and at many blue-chip company team building events across Ontario.  As the Creative Director at PowerPoint Improv he is known as a laugh-therapist.

For 22 years Brian G. Smith has also been the Creative Producer of You and Media, which includes livestreaming video services, film making, web series production, Comedy Video writing & production, live entertainment, murder mystery comedy dinner shows, and Improv ‘teambuilding’ workshops.

“Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of studying improvisation under Brian’s tutelage and have found him to be an inventive and engaged instructor who challenges his students to stretch out of their comfort zones and explore those exhilarating recesses of our personalities and skills where truly amazing things happen.”

  • Randall C. Willis

4 reviews for The Lockdown Sessions: Laugh Therapy for Filmmakers

  1. BEATRICE COLBRANT (verified owner)

    I had great fun doing improvisation exercises under the supervision of Brian G.Smith. It was a lovely group too and we all enjoyed exchanging together, trying to speak 20 seconds about a film, finding a title or an idea, recreating a story and seeing how it can be developed in the best way. The tutor made sure everyone could participate and had a chance to do something, keeping it in a good mood and adapting to our abilities and experience. It was a very pleasant moment and time passed too quickly. Improvisation enables you to express your thoughts and to relax whilst trying to contribute to something interesting for others too. Not always as simple as it looks like but we all felt at ease and encouraged to contribute. I was really longing for a bit of intelligent fun and educational kindness. I got it here to the best and can only feel grateful for this joyful experience.

  2. Ana Ramos (verified owner)

    I had a laugh attack with this session! Very well structured session and brilliantly conducted.

  3. SHARONAH MASSON (verified owner)

    This was a fabulous experience! We had fun, got our creative juices flowing and had a lot of laughs together. Brian and Peter did an amazing job of leading this group. ♥

  4. Simon Craven (verified owner)

    This was a lot of fun, less scary than I had imagined and really showed the benefits of letting apparently random things happen. Give up control, unclench your mind, and enjoy a boost to your creativity

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