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Breaking 6 Figures in Freelance Video

Wed, Feb 27 (7:00PM - 9:00PM) - Save time, spend less and earn more being creative and doing what you love. My goal was to net 6 figures by the time I turned 30 doing what I love and working for myself. I achieved that goal and continue to grow both professionally and creatively. It goes without saying that you can too. I believe in the philosophy of givers gain. I am eager to share best practices with collaborators as we all enable each other to find and fulfill our dreams. Take this class and you’ll walk out with a better understanding of the business of production and the know-how to earn six figures as an independent video producer. An investment of $1/minute today returns $100K/year tomorrow. Students will also gain access to a private network for present and future alumni. Workshop topics will include: *Leveraging Assets & Resources* _____What do you have that’s is uniquely valuable to others? Learn how to parlay your soft skills and capital investments onto productions. *Quick Decisions: Day-toDay Cost/Benefit Analysis* _____Should you buy or rent? DIY or delegate? Decision paralysis stressing you out?! We’ll share the formulas to figure out which gear will get you ROI, when to hire some help and what you MUST do yourself. *Proposals & Pricing* _____Wondering what to charge for your next video bid? We will discuss approaches to pricing as well what to NOT put in your proposal. *Sales & Email Etiquette* _____Stuck on sales? How do you find new clients? They might just be hiding in plain sight. What you need is a solid strategy for generating new video business leads. _____Does staring at Gmail get you down? Let’s flip that frown and explore insights on how to profit from writing good email and perhaps even have some fun while ripping through your inbox. *Time Management* _____Do you struggle with having too much time on your hands? Neither do I. The workshop will provide tips & tricks for task automation, prioritizing your projects and saving you time = money.

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Wednesday, Feb 27 (7:00PM - 9:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Save time, spend less and earn more being creative and doing what you love. My goal was to net 6 figures by the time I turned 30 doing what I love and working for myself. I achieved that goal and continue to grow both professionally and creatively. It goes without saying that you can too. I believe in the philosophy of givers gain. I am eager to share best practices with collaborators as we all enable each other to find and fulfill our dreams.

Take this class and you’ll walk out with a better understanding of the business of production and the know-how to earn six figures as an independent video producer. An investment of $1/minute today returns $100K/year tomorrow.

Students will also gain access to a private network for present and future alumni.

Workshop topics will include:

*Leveraging Assets & Resources*
_____What do you have that’s is uniquely valuable to others? Learn how to parlay your soft skills and capital investments onto productions.

*Quick Decisions: Day-toDay Cost/Benefit Analysis*
_____Should you buy or rent? DIY or delegate? Decision paralysis stressing you out?! We’ll share the formulas to figure out which gear will get you ROI, when to hire some help and what you MUST do yourself.

*Proposals & Pricing*
_____Wondering what to charge for your next video bid? We will discuss approaches to pricing as well what to NOT put in your proposal.

*Sales & Email Etiquette*
_____Stuck on sales? How do you find new clients? They might just be hiding in plain sight. What you need is a solid strategy for generating new video business leads.
_____Does staring at Gmail get you down? Let’s flip that frown and explore insights on how to profit from writing good email and perhaps even have some fun while ripping through your inbox.

*Time Management*
_____Do you struggle with having too much time on your hands? Neither do I. The workshop will provide tips & tricks for task automation, prioritizing your projects and saving you time = money.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sam Baumel is an independent creative producer based in New York City with over a decade of experience producing video and virtual reality experiences. His collaborations include projects with Sonos, Google, Adidas, YMCA, Javits Center & the U.S. Army as well as passion project music videos, experimental dance films and documentaries with nonprofits. He has traveled extensively around the world with various productions and his work has been showcased at film festivals and gallery exhibitions.

Intro to Volumetric Filmmaking with Emmy-Winning Immersive Company Scatter

Sat, Feb 23 (10:00AM - 2:00PM) - VOLUMETRIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP SERIES Volumetric Filmmaking, pioneered by Scatter and made possible with Depthkit, allows us to combine the narrative power of filmmaking with game-engine interactivity. It allows us to capture real people, real stories and real places, and invites audiences inside the virtual worlds where the story takes place. In this Volumetric Filmmaking workshop series, Scatter hopes to share the tools we create and the techniques we work with to promote the accessibility and diversity of immersive storytelling. INTRO TO VOLUMETRIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP Depthkit is an accessible software tool kit for capturing volumetric video for use in virtual reality, augmented reality, and film/video. In this introductory workshop, students will jump into volumetric production by learning how to capture with Depthkit. This will include learning to record with just a computer and depth sensor for the creation of 2.5D volumetric assets. The primary focus of this class is understanding how to film with depth in mind, going over the theory, best practices, and technique of using Depthkit in a production setting. No previous 3D experience is required. This session will also include an overview for sharing the captured 2.5D assets in the Unity game engine. What students will learn: -A brief history of volumetric filmmaking. -Current uses of volumetric filmmaking today. -Single sensor volumetric capture with best practices and techniques for 2.5D volumetric asset creation. -A brief overview for setting up volumetric assets in the Unity game engine.

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Saturday, Feb 23 (10:00AM - 2:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

VOLUMETRIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP SERIES
Volumetric Filmmaking, pioneered by Scatter and made possible with Depthkit, allows us to combine the narrative power of filmmaking with game-engine interactivity. It allows us to capture real people, real stories and real places, and invites audiences inside the virtual worlds where the story takes place.

In this Volumetric Filmmaking workshop series, Scatter hopes to share the tools we create and the techniques we work with to promote the accessibility and diversity of immersive storytelling.

INTRO TO VOLUMETRIC FILMMAKING WORKSHOP
Depthkit is an accessible software tool kit for capturing volumetric video for use in virtual reality, augmented reality, and film/video. In this introductory workshop, students will jump into volumetric production by learning how to capture with Depthkit. This will include learning to record with just a computer and depth sensor for the creation of 2.5D volumetric assets. The primary focus of this class is understanding how to film with depth in mind, going over the theory, best practices, and technique of using Depthkit in a production setting. No previous 3D experience is required. This session will also include an overview for sharing the captured 2.5D assets in the Unity game engine.

What students will learn:
-A brief history of volumetric filmmaking.
-Current uses of volumetric filmmaking today.
-Single sensor volumetric capture with best practices and techniques for 2.5D volumetric asset creation.
-A brief overview for setting up volumetric assets in the Unity game engine.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Cory Allen is a cinematographer who specializes in volumetric and 360° video. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts, and since has worked on a variety of multi-camera television productions as an audio & video engineer. In 2016, Cory was instrumental in the production of Scatter’s documentary “Blackout”, a VR experience where viewers roam freely through a New York City subway car and listen in on the thoughts of a diverse crowd of real everyday riders. An official selection at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, "Blackout" invited participants to not only take a virtual ride on the subway train, but get captured on site and add their recordings to the experience. Following "Blackout", Cory went on to film "Queerskins VR", a short volumetric narrative set among a grieving couple on the road in rural Missouri, "Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity", a documentary featuring the testimonials and works of transgender artists, and "The WaveVR: Imogen Heap", a hyper-real yet intimate concert performance from the Grammy-winning electronic musician.

[SOLD OUT] 1 Day Lighting Intensive with the DP of "Borat", "Who Is America” and “Helvetica”

Sat, Feb 16 (10:00AM - 8:00PM) - Advance your lighting capabilities and refine your aesthetic with intimate hands-on lighting workshop with one of the industry's leading DPs, Academy-Nominated Luke Geissbhuhler. This 8 person, 1 day workshop will dive deep into the lighting technique that will increase production value, refine your aesthetic and make your videos look beautiful. You'll walk out with advanced approaches to 5 key lighting set ups: dramatic effect, comedy, silhouettes, night exteriors and interview. Design-oriented Cinematographer Luke Geissbühler will teach you his method and best practices using case studies from the more than 50 features and docs that he's filmed. Students will cover dramatic lighting techniques Luke used to film Patrick Stewart, Dakota Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many others. Luke will also draw lessons from his commercial work with Victoria’s Secret ads, and documentary work like Buck, Helvetica, and Netflix’s Abstract: the Art of Design. The workshop also covers large lighting setups like those used on OKGO’s I Won’t Let You Down video. You’ll come out of the class with: -In depth knowledge of lighting units used on-set and how they work -All about light quality, color, and characteristics -On-set lighting through real life setups -Creative expression through lighting You’ll get hands-on experience learning 5 key lighting approaches including: -dramatic effect -comedy -silhouettes -night exteriors -interviews

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Saturday, Feb 16 (10:00AM - 8:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Advance your lighting capabilities and refine your aesthetic with intimate hands-on lighting workshop with one of the industry's leading DPs, Academy-Nominated Luke Geissbhuhler.

This 8 person, 1 day workshop will dive deep into the lighting technique that will increase production value, refine your aesthetic and make your videos look beautiful. You'll walk out with advanced approaches to 5 key lighting set ups: dramatic effect, comedy, silhouettes, night exteriors and interview.

Design-oriented Cinematographer Luke Geissbühler will teach you his method and best practices using case studies from the more than 50 features and docs that he's filmed. Students will cover dramatic lighting techniques Luke used to film Patrick Stewart, Dakota Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many others. Luke will also draw lessons from his commercial work with Victoria’s Secret ads, and documentary work like Buck, Helvetica, and Netflix’s Abstract: the Art of Design. The workshop also covers large lighting setups like those used on OKGO’s I Won’t Let You Down video.

You’ll come out of the class with:
-In depth knowledge of lighting units used on-set and how they work
-All about light quality, color, and characteristics
-On-set lighting through real life setups
-Creative expression through lighting

You’ll get hands-on experience learning 5 key lighting approaches including:
-dramatic effect
-comedy
-silhouettes
-night exteriors
-interviews

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Academy Award-nominated Luke Geissbühler has excelled as a cinematographer in nearly all genres of filmmaking with over 30 feature films, 25 documentaries, and countless television shows and commercials to his name. Some of his achievements include having shot Borat, the documentaries Buck and Helvetica, as well as Sir Patrick Stewarts's tour de force performance in Match. He has been a trusted hand to Victoria's Secret, capturing the human form at its highest level for over a decade. In 2010, Luke became unexpectedly world renowned when he and his eight year old son launched a camera into astonishing near space in a homemade capsule, as seen in the short film Space Balloon. A native New Yorker and self-taught engineer, he received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School before starting his career at the cutting edge R/GA studio doing VFX and tabletop photography. Since then, he has traveled the globe orchestrating elaborate shoots for HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Will Ferrell, David Wain, The Muppets, OKGo, Adam McKay, Doug Liman, Barry Levinson, and Katherine Bigelow, among many others. His latest contributions to the screen are Sacha Baron Cohen's Who is America, and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9. As a teacher, Luke enjoys consolidating all of the valuable information and life altering lessons that he’s accumulated over the years to help people navigate their best-suited path in the business of filmmaking. http://www.lukegeissbuhler.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0312077/


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Intro to Editing with Vimeo's Video Producer (Previously NYT & Rolling Stone) (Coming Soon...)

Sun, Mar 03 (11:00AM - 1:00PM) - Walk out of this 2-hour Premiere Pro editing workshop ready to take projects from start to finish. Taught by the Videographer at Vimeo, formerly shooting for the New York Times and Rolling Stones, you'll get key insights to take your projects to the next level. Introduction to Premiere Pro: a 2-hour overview of Adobe Premiere Pro is perfect for new filmmakers, students, photographers. \ What students will learn: -The interface -Setting up a project -Importing and organizing media -Editing essentials (working with clips, transitions, titles) -Exporting for web

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Sunday, Mar 3 (11:00AM - 1:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Walk out of this 2-hour Premiere Pro editing workshop ready to take projects from start to finish. Taught by the Videographer at Vimeo, formerly shooting for the New York Times and Rolling Stones, you'll get key insights to take your projects to the next level.

Introduction to Premiere Pro: a 2-hour overview of Adobe Premiere Pro is perfect for new filmmakers, students, photographers. \

What students will learn:
-The interface
-Setting up a project
-Importing and organizing media
-Editing essentials (working with clips, transitions, titles)
-Exporting for web

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

I've been working professionally as a video editor and producer in New York City for almost a decade, and have found myself making videos for companies including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Discovery. I'm currently producing content for Vimeo (as well as taking time to mentor, travel, and develop ideas). I love being able to help others learn the skills they need to hone their craft, especially the less-sexy (but incredibly important) skills like editing, pre-production, and networking.

Cinematography Workshop: Mastering Interviews with Cinematic Technique from Nat Geo & Netflix DP (Coming Soon...)

Sat, Mar 09 (10:30AM - 6:30PM) - A real world approach to shooting great looking interviews at any budget level. Learn how to choose a location, work with spaces that are less than ideal, and decide what creative style fits best. We will use case studies and hands on demonstrations to plot out different styles of framing and lighting to advance your cinematography technique. The class will cover: -Single Camera vs 2-3 Camera setups -Conventional framing vs unconventional -How eyeline changes lighting -Different lighting styles: Beauty, Natural, Dramatic -Utilizing natural light -Putting together a quality portable lighting package -Questions to ask/what to look for when choosing a location -Studio vs Practical locations

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Saturday, Mar 9 (10:30AM - 6:30PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

A real world approach to shooting great looking interviews at any budget level. Learn how to choose a location, work with spaces that are less than ideal, and decide what creative style fits best. We will use case studies and hands on demonstrations to plot out different styles of framing and lighting to advance your cinematography technique.

The class will cover:
-Single Camera vs 2-3 Camera setups
-Conventional framing vs unconventional
-How eyeline changes lighting
-Different lighting styles: Beauty, Natural, Dramatic
-Utilizing natural light
-Putting together a quality portable lighting package
-Questions to ask/what to look for when choosing a location
-Studio vs Practical locations

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Joe Gabriel is an award-winning Director/DP specializing in Branded Content and Documentary. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Joe has traveled the world shooting campaigns for brands including GE, Merck, NBC, Nationwide, and AT&T. Joe was the series DP for the Emmy-Nominated National Geographic series "Brain Games" and the new science series "Brainchild" for Netflix produced by Pharrell Williams. From large film sets directing crews to working as a one man documentary storyteller, Joe creates imagery that forges connection. As a teacher, Joe uses a real world approach that draws on his experiences over 15+ years in the industry. He’s passionate about helping the next generation of filmmakers do their best work.

High-End Camera Immersive from an Oscar-Nominated DP (Coming Soon...)

Tue, Apr 16 (10:00AM - 6:00PM) - Learn how to confidently use the Arri and Red Digital Cinema cameras in the field. These cameras are amazing machines but incredibly complex and can certainly be intimidating. This workshop will help you break through the trepidation and turn these cameras into your trusted tools. You’ll walk out with a strong sense of confidence around how to use these cameras, what their strong suits are for operating and cinematography, and why to choose them over other options. With 30 features, 35 documentaries and dozens of commercials and tv shows under his belt, Luke will share his deep insight and experience with these cameras. What students will learn -Hands-on experience with Arri Alexa/Amira as well as the Red Weapon/Dragon/Epic. -We will build the camera in hand-held, studio, and moving camera configurations optimized for Movi, steadicam, drones, sliders, jibs and cranes. -We cover the complex menu systems of each camera, line by line, going through what you need to know and what you don’t, so you can record with confidence and achieve fluidity on-set. -We’ll talk resolution, frame rates, aspect ratios, compression, color space, LOG and LUTS. Time for answering specific questions and scenarios will be allotted.

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Tuesday, Apr 16 (10:00AM - 6:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Learn how to confidently use the Arri and Red Digital Cinema cameras in the field. These cameras are amazing machines but incredibly complex and can certainly be intimidating. This workshop will help you break through the trepidation and turn these cameras into your trusted tools.

You’ll walk out with a strong sense of confidence around how to use these cameras, what their strong suits are for operating and cinematography, and why to choose them over other options.

With 30 features, 35 documentaries and dozens of commercials and tv shows under his belt, Luke will share his deep insight and experience with these cameras.

What students will learn
-Hands-on experience with Arri Alexa/Amira as well as the Red Weapon/Dragon/Epic.
-We will build the camera in hand-held, studio, and moving camera configurations optimized for Movi, steadicam, drones, sliders, jibs and cranes.
-We cover the complex menu systems of each camera, line by line, going through what you need to know and what you don’t, so you can record with confidence and achieve fluidity on-set.
-We’ll talk resolution, frame rates, aspect ratios, compression, color space, LOG and LUTS.

Time for answering specific questions and scenarios will be allotted.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Academy Award-nominated Luke Geissbühler has excelled as a cinematographer in nearly all genres of filmmaking with over 30 feature films, 25 documentaries, and countless television shows and commercials to his name. Some of his achievements include having shot Borat, the documentaries Buck and Helvetica, as well as Sir Patrick Stewarts's tour de force performance in Match. He has been a trusted hand to Victoria's Secret, capturing the human form at its highest level for over a decade. In 2010, Luke became unexpectedly world renowned when he and his eight year old son launched a camera into astonishing near space in a homemade capsule, as seen in the short film Space Balloon. A native New Yorker and self-taught engineer, he received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School before starting his career at the cutting edge R/GA studio doing VFX and tabletop photography. Since then, he has traveled the globe orchestrating elaborate shoots for HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Will Ferrell, David Wain, The Muppets, OKGo, Adam McKay, Doug Liman, Barry Levinson, and Katherine Bigelow, among many others. His latest contributions to the screen are Sacha Baron Cohen's Who is America, and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9. As a teacher, Luke enjoys consolidating all of the valuable information and life altering lessons that he’s accumulated over the years to help people navigate their best-suited path in the business of filmmaking. http://www.lukegeissbuhler.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0312077/

Practical Film Finance: What You Need to Know to Talk to Investors About Your Movie (Coming Soon...)

Wed, Mar 27 (6:00PM - 8:00PM) - In this two hour class Naomi gives a clear and easy to understand run down of what filmmakers need to understand about investing in order to pitch to potential investors. The class will cover financing structures, different "types" of money, potential revenue streams, recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back), and other essentials for business and producing. Don't worry, this class is not as boring as it sounds - it's a simple explanation that will help you understand stuff that isn't rocket science, but is really helpful to know before you ask people for money. These details can help you stay out of financial trouble and potentially attract a great deal of investment with strong ROI. What students will learn: -financing structures -different "types" of money -potential revenue streams -recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back)

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Wednesday, Mar 27 (6:00PM - 8:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In this two hour class Naomi gives a clear and easy to understand run down of what filmmakers need to understand about investing in order to pitch to potential investors. The class will cover financing structures, different "types" of money, potential revenue streams, recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back), and other essentials for business and producing.

Don't worry, this class is not as boring as it sounds - it's a simple explanation that will help you understand stuff that isn't rocket science, but is really helpful to know before you ask people for money. These details can help you stay out of financial trouble and potentially attract a great deal of investment with strong ROI.

What students will learn:
-financing structures
-different "types" of money
-potential revenue streams
-recoupment corridors and waterfalls (i.e. how would they make their money back)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Naomi McDougall Jones is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and women in film activist. Naomi wrote, produced, and starred in the 2014 micro-budget indie feature film, "Imagine I'm Beautiful," which took home 12 awards on the film festival circuit including 4 Best Pictures and, for Naomi, 3 Best Actress Awards and The Don Award for Best Independently Produced Screenplay of 2014. The film was named as #8 of OscarWorld's Top 10 Films of 2014 and was distributed theatrically and digitally by Candy Factory Films. Naomi’s second feature film, "Bite Me," is a subversive romantic comedy about the real-life subculture of people who believe that they're vampires and the IRS agent who audits them. In addition to writing the screenplay, Naomi stars in the film opposite Christian Coulson ("Harry Potter," "Love is Strange," "Nashville") and alongside Annie Golden ("Orange is the New Black") and Naomi Grossman ("American Horror Story"). Naomi once again re-teamed with the visionary and award-winning director Meredith Edwards, who also directed Imagine I'm Beautiful, and the film is produced by Jack Lechner ("Blue Valentine," "The Fog of War," former executive with Miramax and HBO), Sarah Wharton ("That's Not Us"), and Joanne Zippel (Zip Creative). The film will be released in 2019. A pilot she wrote, "The Dark Pieces," was named on the 2016 WriteHer List as one of the top 16 unproduced pilots by a female screenwriter and is now in development for Canadian TV. She was a writer for season 1 of Amazon's original series, "The New Yorker Presents," based on the world's most award-winning magazine, which premiered at Sundance 2016, for which she wrote the teleplay adaptation of Miranda July's short story "Roy Spivey." Naomi is a vocal advocate for bringing gender parity to film, both on and off screen. She has spoken at film festivals and conferences around the world and written extensively on this subject. Naomi gave a TEDTalk, "What It's Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood," which went viral in the fall of 2017 and has since been viewed over 1 million times. She has teamed up with former CFO of the City of Chicago, Lois Scott, and former EVP at Warner Bros, Jessica Goodman, to found The 51 Fund, a private equity fund to finance films written, directed, and produced by women. She is currently at work on a book, "The Wrong Kind of Woman: Dismantling the God of Hollywood," which is to be published by Beacon Press in January 2020. She hosts the podcast "Fear(ful)less: Filmmaking From the Edge," a monthly window into the successes, failures, and conversations of an independent filmmaker, which is available on iTunes and GooglePlay. Naomi never went to film school and has learned almost everything she knows through about a decade of coffee dates of anyone who would talk to her, working on projects with great people she could learn from, and figuring the rest out as she went along. The lack of practical information and transparency available to filmmakers is one of the things that drives her most crazy and she is passionate about sharing true, practical, hard-won knowledge so that we can build a stronger culture of collaboration, inclusion, and access. Website: www.naomimcdougalljones.com IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2328697/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

Lloyd Kaufman's Make Your Own Damn Movie Masterclass (Coming Soon...)

Fri, Mar 01 (6:00PM - 10:00PM) - Lloyd Kaufman, the Creator of the Toxic Avenger will teach a four hour immersive class with visual aids, covering each step in the making of a motion picture. Held at the world-famous Troma Studios in Long Island City, this entertaining and informative class will provide real-life insight into independent filmmaking and producing. Drawing from his experience of more than 5 decades of filmmaking Lloyd will cover the concepts and steps you need to take to make your own damn movie. Lloyd has taught the “Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class” at prestigious academic institutions such as Yale University and University of Southern California, as well as overseas at institutions like the St. Petersburg Film Museum in Russia, Perth Film Festival in Australia and Norwegian Film Development. Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class is an informative, interactive and highly entertaining crash course on filmmaking, aimed at anyone who’s ever wanted to make movies but doesn’t have the cash. Using real-life examples from Kaufman’s own thirty years experience in the business, ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’ illustrates the whole independent filmmaking process from conception to completion.” Students will learn how to: -Get started on their first film project -Find financing -Understand what’s involved in pre-production -Choose a crew and production group -Survive both large and small crises By the end of the masterclass, students will leave with dozens of creative and practical tips that are invaluable to aspiring filmmakers and get a real inside look at how it’s all done. “Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.” – Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man “Lloyd’s Master Class not only sparks the interest and attention of young and independent filmmakers, but Lloyd also gives insight into the distribution process which many young filmmakers tend to neglect the importance of.” -David Franco, Film Program Director Full Sail College “The Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class by Lloyd Kaufman was extraordinary! It was certainly a great addition to our Film Festival and we were very fortunate to have it. Everyone loved the Master Class and learned a lot from it. The Master Class is now the talk of the town here in Phoenix.” -James Schoepflin, Festival Coordinator Intl. Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival "I just attended this class earlier this morning at Salem Cinemas. It was not only a wonderful class, but Lloyd is so personable that it was really an unforgettable experience. This workshop is imperative to anyone aspiring to make movies or even to anyone that just appreciates the art of independent film!" -Blythe Sloan-Starr

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Friday, Mar 1 (6:00PM - 10:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Lloyd Kaufman, the Creator of the Toxic Avenger will teach a four hour immersive class with visual aids, covering each step in the making of a motion picture. Held at the world-famous Troma Studios in Long Island City, this entertaining and informative class will provide real-life insight into independent filmmaking and producing. Drawing from his experience of more than 5 decades of filmmaking Lloyd will cover the concepts and steps you need to take to make your own damn movie.

Lloyd has taught the “Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class” at prestigious academic institutions such as Yale University and University of Southern California, as well as overseas at institutions like the St. Petersburg Film Museum in Russia, Perth Film Festival in Australia and Norwegian Film Development.

Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class is an informative, interactive and highly entertaining crash course on filmmaking, aimed at anyone who’s ever wanted to make movies but doesn’t have the cash. Using real-life examples from Kaufman’s own thirty years experience in the business, ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’ illustrates the whole independent filmmaking process from conception to completion.”

Students will learn how to:
-Get started on their first film project
-Find financing
-Understand what’s involved in pre-production
-Choose a crew and production group
-Survive both large and small crises

By the end of the masterclass, students will leave with dozens of creative and practical tips that are invaluable to aspiring filmmakers and get a real inside look at how it’s all done.

“Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.”
– Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man

“Lloyd’s Master Class not only sparks the interest and attention of young and independent filmmakers, but Lloyd also gives insight into the distribution process which many young filmmakers tend to neglect the importance of.”
-David Franco, Film Program Director
Full Sail College

“The Make Your Own Damn Movie Master Class by Lloyd Kaufman was extraordinary! It was certainly a great addition to our Film Festival and we were very fortunate to have it. Everyone loved the Master Class and learned a lot from it. The Master Class is now the talk of the town here in Phoenix.”
-James Schoepflin, Festival Coordinator
Intl. Horror & Sci-fi Film Festival

"I just attended this class earlier this morning at Salem Cinemas. It was not only a wonderful class, but Lloyd is so personable that it was really an unforgettable experience. This workshop is imperative to anyone aspiring to make movies or even to anyone that just appreciates the art of independent film!"
-Blythe Sloan-Starr

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Entertainment industry veteran Lloyd Kaufman, the Creator of the Toxic Avenger, has made dozens of films and distributed hundreds over his 40 years of experience in the world of independent film. He served Chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the global trade association of independent distributors and producers of motion picture and television programming. Mr. Kaufman also is President of New York-based production and distribution company Troma Entertainment, which he and partner Michael Herz founded in 1974 shortly after they graduated from Yale University. In 44 years, Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Herz have built Troma up to legendary status as a bastion of true independence and a strong consumer brand through a visionary body of work that has had a huge impact on pop culture and today’s mainstream filmmaking. New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick recently wrote that Mr. Kaufman “has been cited as a major influence by Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino and Takashi Miike, among others.” Other writers and directors who have cited Mr. Kaufman as a major influence include Sam Raimi, James Gunn, Kevin Smith and Eli Roth, to name a few. In addition, Mr. Kaufman has mentored many young independent filmmakers and Troma movies or releases have given numerous now-famous talent their first start in the film industry, including Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Costner, Oliver Stone, Marisa Tomei, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jenna Fisher. Other major figures whose first work appears in a Troma film include Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and Carmen Electra. “Lloyd’s body of work has now proven to be a seminal influence on film today. Just look at any film created by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, Peter Jackson, Eli Roth, Gasper Moe and James Gunn, to name a few, and you are likely watching a film influenced Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Tromeo & Juliet, or Citizen Toxie.” – Stan Lee – creator of Spider-Man “His (Lloyd Kaufman) string of low-budget, lowbrow horror comedies stretching back to the ’80s has been cited as influence by Peter Jackson, the Farrelly Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Takashi Miike, and Guillermo Del Toro, just to cite a few prominent examples.” – Lou Lumenick, chief critic – New York Post “There would be no Tarantinos without the shock-sploitation satires of the iconoclastic Kaufman, which can often give more critical insight about the world than some grand Hollywood epics.” – Robert Dassonowsky, Director of Film Studies – University of Colorado Colorado Springs “The impact of Troma can be seen in nearly every independent filmmaker who cut his teeth in the video era, from Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino to South Park’s Trey Parker (who’s debut, Cannibal! The Musical was a Troma production), and the Troma universe has a devoted worldwide fan base to rival that of any comic book.” – The A.V. Club – The Onion “Nobody knows how to make films and not make any money doing it better than Lloyd Kaufman.” – Trey Parker – co-creator of South Park

Tom Antos' Foundations of Color Grading for Filmmakers and Cinematographers (Coming Soon...)

Fri, Mar 15 (6:00PM - 10:00PM) - Learn how to create great looking videos through the magic of color grading. This class will show you the complete process from setting up your project in various video editing programs, to learning how to turn average looking shots into cinematic masterpieces, to best practices in post production for color. Color grading is an essential skill needed to achieve that elusive “film look” that makes your videos stand out from the rest. What students will learn -Setting up your project -Understanding LOG profiles versus RAW and Video -Balancing a scene -Creating a FILM look -How to get perfect skin tones -Dealing with video noise -Day for Night color grading -Understanding Look Up Tables (LUT)

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Friday, Mar 15 (6:00PM - 10:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Learn how to create great looking videos through the magic of color grading. This class will show you the complete process from setting up your project in various video editing programs, to learning how to turn average looking shots into cinematic masterpieces, to best practices in post production for color.

Color grading is an essential skill needed to achieve that elusive “film look” that makes your videos stand out from the rest.

What students will learn
-Setting up your project
-Understanding LOG profiles versus RAW and Video
-Balancing a scene
-Creating a FILM look
-How to get perfect skin tones
-Dealing with video noise
-Day for Night color grading
-Understanding Look Up Tables (LUT)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Tom Antos is a director, cinematographer and visual effects artist – all rolled into one. He has worked on big-budget feature films, as well as numerous short films and music videos. In addition, he has over twenty years of experience in the areas of CGI and classical animation. This work has earned him several awards, including Telly, Promax BDA and Worldfest Gold Remi. Tom’s professional experience ranges from small budget DIY projects to large Hollywood productions like “Bait” (starring Jamie Foxx) and “Everyone’s Hero” (starring Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg). Tom loves to share his filmmaking experience and knowledge through online tutorials that have gained a large and loyal audience on YouTube. He has also hosted multiple filmmaking workshops in the past such as the 2 Day Cine School that toured across twenty-eight cities in six countries. https://tomantosfilms.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1782396/ https://www.youtube.com/tomantos

How to Produce a Movie in New York City for $250,000 (Coming Soon...)

4 Sessions - In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of producing a feature film in New York City for $250,000. Over four classes, students will explore the core concepts necessary to successfully manage and lead a film production of this size from concept to distribution. Each class focuses on a different stage in the path of a feature film. The curriculum includes Pre-Production (budgeting, scheduling, fundraising, unions, insurance, legal), Production (crew, shooting schedule, accounting, equipment, locations), Post-Production (editorial, sound, color correction, test screenings), and Distribution (festivals, domestic market, foreign market, screeners, financials, legal). What students will learn: -Pre-Production (budgeting, scheduling, fundraising, unions, insurance, legal) -Production (crew, shooting schedule, accounting, equipment, locations) -Post-Production (editorial, sound, color correction, test screenings) -Distribution (festivals, domestic market, foreign market, screeners, financials, legal).

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    • Tuesday, Feb 26 (8:00PM - 10:00PM)
    • Tuesday, Mar 5 (8:00PM - 10:00PM)
    • Tuesday, Mar 12 (8:00PM - 10:00PM)
    • Tuesday, Mar 19 (8:00PM - 10:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of producing a feature film in New York City for $250,000. Over four classes, students will explore the core concepts necessary to successfully manage and lead a film production of this size from concept to distribution.

Each class focuses on a different stage in the path of a feature film. The curriculum includes Pre-Production (budgeting, scheduling, fundraising, unions, insurance, legal), Production (crew, shooting schedule, accounting, equipment, locations), Post-Production (editorial, sound, color correction, test screenings), and Distribution (festivals, domestic market, foreign market, screeners, financials, legal).

What students will learn:
-Pre-Production (budgeting, scheduling, fundraising, unions, insurance, legal)
-Production (crew, shooting schedule, accounting, equipment, locations)
-Post-Production (editorial, sound, color correction, test screenings)
-Distribution (festivals, domestic market, foreign market, screeners, financials, legal).

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Tore Knos is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, he wrote and directed the independent feature film, Snakeeater, starring Isaach de Bankolé (Black Panther, Casino Royale) and Vasile Flutur. Previously, he directed the music video for composer David Baron's song, Earthling. As a cinematographer, Tore's commercial work includes spots for Hermès, Clinique, GQ, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, and Etsy. Additionally, Tore works closely with artist Gregory Colbert filming for him around the world. Tore's narrative work includes cinematography on the short film, 2580, which debuted at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. Prior to this project, he produced Abel's Field starring Kevin Sorbo and released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as well as co-producing two Steven Seagal films: The Keeper and Against the Dark. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Tore began his career as an associate producer on Universal Home Entertainment’s release of Out for Blood starring Kevin Dillon. Following production of the film, Tore was accepted into the agent trainee program at International Creative Management (ICM), one of the world's leading talent agencies. Tore is a member of the Producers Guild of America and a board member of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts BCA Network. http://www.toreknos.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1464279/

[SOLD OUT] Lighting Crash Course & Mixer with the DP of Borat and Helvetica (Coming Soon...)

Thu, Feb 07 (7:00PM - 10:00PM) - Take your lighting skills to the next level in this lighting crash course with one of the most talented DPs in the industry. Luke Geissbuhler—DP for Helvetica, Borat, The Muppets, and more, will lead this 90 minute workshop, followed by an hour of mingling, drinks, and snacks. Luke will teach his approach to lighting using case studies from the more than 50 features and documentaries that he's filmed. He will share the best practices and the techniques he used to film Patrick Stewart, Dakota Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many others. Ticket includes the 90 minute crash course, and a happy hour with mingling, drinks and snacks. Hosted at the Fire Light Studio in Dumbo Brooklyn Firelight Studio 247 Water Street Brooklyn NY 11201 https://www.firelightstudio.com/

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This workshop is being offered 1 time:

    • Thursday, Feb 7 (7:00PM - 10:00PM)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Take your lighting skills to the next level in this lighting crash course with one of the most talented DPs in the industry. Luke Geissbuhler—DP for Helvetica, Borat, The Muppets, and more, will lead this 90 minute workshop, followed by an hour of mingling, drinks, and snacks.

Luke will teach his approach to lighting using case studies from the more than 50 features and documentaries that he's filmed. He will share the best practices and the techniques he used to film Patrick Stewart, Dakota Johnson, Sacha Baron Cohen, and many others.

Ticket includes the 90 minute crash course, and a happy hour with mingling, drinks and snacks.

Hosted at the Fire Light Studio in Dumbo Brooklyn

Firelight Studio
247 Water Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

https://www.firelightstudio.com/

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Academy Award-nominated Luke Geissbühler has excelled as a cinematographer in nearly all genres of filmmaking with over 30 feature films, 25 documentaries, and countless television shows and commercials to his name. Some of his achievements include having shot Borat, the documentaries Buck and Helvetica, as well as Sir Patrick Stewarts's tour de force performance in Match. He has been a trusted hand to Victoria's Secret, capturing the human form at its highest level for over a decade. In 2010, Luke became unexpectedly world renowned when he and his eight year old son launched a camera into astonishing near space in a homemade capsule, as seen in the short film Space Balloon. A native New Yorker and self-taught engineer, he received a BFA from NYU's Tisch School before starting his career at the cutting edge R/GA studio doing VFX and tabletop photography. Since then, he has traveled the globe orchestrating elaborate shoots for HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Will Ferrell, David Wain, The Muppets, OKGo, Adam McKay, Doug Liman, Barry Levinson, and Katherine Bigelow, among many others. His latest contributions to the screen are Sacha Baron Cohen's Who is America, and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9. As a teacher, Luke enjoys consolidating all of the valuable information and life altering lessons that he’s accumulated over the years to help people navigate their best-suited path in the business of filmmaking. http://www.lukegeissbuhler.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0312077/