I'm Teaching a Filmmaking Course

I'm excited to announce that I'm going to be teaching a one-day seminar called "Making Short Films in the YouTube Age" on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The conference will take place at The River South Center in Quincy, Mass.



Based on more than a decade of filmmaking and video production experience, I wrote a book called Short Films 2.0: Getting Noticed in the YouTube Age. In it, I dive into the dramatic and fundamental change short films have undergone in recent years due to online video distribution and how today's filmmakers can rise the to the unique challenges short films face. Now, I'm offering New England filmmakers the opportunity to dive into an interactive one-day course where we will be exploring:

  • 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.

The seminar takes place from 10 am to 4 pm on March 24th. We'll take an hour break for lunch and have a lot time to interact network. Most importantly, we're going to be diving into a lot of interactive material on what short films have become today, analyzing some of the most successful short film currently on YouTube and Vimeo, and get a chance to discuss questions and observations participants might have.


Advance tickets are $30 and $25 for students, with valid student ID presented at check-in). Advance tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite: https://shortfilms2-0.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited, so I highly encourage you to order your ticket now. Tickets will be $40 at the door.


For more information about this event, including parking and dining, please check out the official event page: http://www.mikelwisler.com/shortfilmcourse.


I hope you'll join me at this event. I've gotten the chance to offer shorter presentations in the past on this subject and have gotten enthusiastic feedback from those in attendance. My goal is to help you make better short films that more effectively engage audiences in the new age of social media and online video.


See you on March 24.



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