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Praise for Short Films 2.0:


"A very useful resource for filmmakers. Mikel's obvious love of the short film genre comes shining through. His thoughtful analysis and useful links to short films make this a practical tool for filmmakers facing the challenges of not only making short films but getting them in front of viewers."
   - Zach Lipovsky,

   Film Director, and Designer of Shot Lister & Script


"Whether it’s your first short film or your 50th, this is great advice and wonderful insight on the current reality and the future of short films. A must-have book for any filmmaker."
   - Kate Chaplin, Filmmaker & Podcaster.

"Whether you're a seasoned professional or a novice, Short Films 2.0 offers amazingly invaluable insight into the world of short filmmaking in the current generation while also offering valuable resources to further grow in the craft."
   - Chris Esper, Filmmaker and Creator of 

   The Filmmaker’s Journey YouTube channel

Advance Tickets: $30

$25 for Students

$40 at the door

March 24, 2018  10 am - 4 pm, Quincy, MA

Short films have been revolutionized. Don't get left behind.

Mikel J. Wisler, author of Short Films 2.0: Getting Noticed in the YouTube Age and award-winning filmmaker behind dozens of short films presents this one-day course that explores how short films have dramatically changed in recent years and how you can embrace these changes to make better films and reach a bigger audience. Wisler has been making films and commercial projects for 13 years and has witnessed firsthand the profound shift in how short films work, what their purpose is, and how to avoid common pitfalls.


As a co-founder of Stories by the River, Wisler has years of experience in helping equip new filmmakers with the knowledge and skills needed to advance their careers. His short films have been presented awards by the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Top Indie Film Awards, Rogue Cinema, SENE Festival, Boston Sci-fi Film Fest, Maverick Movie Awards, and more. For more about Wisler and his work, visit


Click here to learn more about the Short Films 2.0 book.

Advance Tickets: $30 / $25 for Students

$40 at the door

In this interactive course, you will learn:

  • How the internet has fundamentally changed the nature of short films.

  • How the internet has changed the film festival game.

  • What effective short films do to get noticed today.

  • How to analyze your short script to make sure it is YouTube-ready.

  • Insights from philosophy and neuroscience that help us tell better stories.

  • How to think like a seasoned producer and director.

  • The biggest mistake new filmmakers make.

  • and more.


You will also have the opportunity in to present questions, interact with the speaker, and network with other filmmakers in attendance in a casual and fun environment.


The course will run from 10 am to 4 pm, with an hour lunch break at 12:30 pm. Coffee and tea will be provided. Several restaurants are within walking distance.


There is free parking available in the lot behind the building along the wall facing the demolished Free Masons building. Do not park in the middle spots as those belongs to Santander Bank, which is open on Saturdays. There is also free street parking.

The River South Center is located on the lower level, beneath the bank. Enter via the front door on Hancock Street and take the stairs or elevator to the lower level.

Location: 1150 Hancock St, Lower Level, Quincy, MA 02169

Short Films Directed by Mikel J. Wisler

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