The Lockdown Sessions: Thinking Like a Director

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When: Wednesday 17 February – 7 – 8 pm EST
Location: Live Online
How much? $25.89 CAD

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  • Welcome to Raindance Lockdown Sessions
  • Enjoy professional film education wherever you are
  • An hour of relevant and practical advice from an industry professional
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Many people want to create beautiful films, but don’t exactly know where or  how to begin. The director is one of the most important people on a film set.  They do more than shout “action” and “cut”. Behind the scenes they’re the  person who determines the creative vision and makes all of the film’s biggest  decisions.  

Amateurs spend a lot of time mired in the details of how to operate the  camera, set the white balance, the exposure, focus and audio levels etc.  Professionals worry about how the framing of a shot affects the mood, what a  certain depth of field will suggest. Pros sometimes spend years figuring out  details before they start shooting.  

What Will You Learn?

Thinking Like a Director details a technique that covers every facet of the key to directorial thinking:

  • Film Language and Grammar
  • Principles of Composition
  • Conceptualization: The Making of a Story
  • Creating a Short Film
  • Principles of Editing
  • Screening and Critique

Often times directors wear multiple hats, and it’s entirely possible you’ll end up being the director, the camera operator and the sound person, but all of these roles are subordinate to that of creating the best product possible with the finances available.

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 director. 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.

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