Smartphone Studio workshops
Duluth, Mn at PBS affiliate WDSE
A 2-day master class on what it takes to work in independent and network television production combined with our usual hands on mobile filmmaking tutorial using iPhone Xs, Macbook Pros and Final Cut Pro X. This workshop was taught in conjunction with Cirina Catania (Co-founder of Sundance film festival, former Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at MGM-UA and United Artists) Philip Gilpin (Executive Director of the Catalyst Film Festival) and Patty Mester (President/Station Manager of WDSE-WRPT). After multiple lectures and presentations on the nuts and bolts of indie producing from industry veterans, students were paired up into six teams to develop, shoot and edit a short film by the end of the weekend. The class was made up students of all levels of experience — from complete beginners to a few experienced professionals who all were interested in learning how using mobile gear can make visual storytelling more affordable and easier yet equally as professional as anything Hollywood makes. Full a full writeup on this event check out this article on FCP.Co and also the video below above by PBS.
CHICAGO SUMMER STORIES
For two summers, We Make Movies teamed up Apple Distinguished Educator Steve Douglass and Lumaforge to give high school students in Chicago a chance to make a professional documentary using the latest iPhones, Macbooks, editing software and mobile accessories. Each team had to navigate both the challenges of filmmaking and collaboration under intense deadlines. Both years the finished projects screened at the flagship Apple store on Michigan Ave on their enormous 6K Video Wall. Here’s a case study on the entire experience from 2018: http://www.fcp.co/final-cut-pro/articles/2113-a-modern-approach-to-video-education-with-chicago-summer-stories and a video with testimonials from the alumni:
Smartphone Studio has been presented several times at the LA SAG-AFTRA local HQ, Las Vegas SAG-AFTRA Conservatory, the Seniors Committee, and the LA SAG-AFTRA Summer Intensive amongst others. WMM takes special pride in equipping SAG-AFTRA performers with the tools and education needed to take back control of their careers by making high quality content for themselves and polishing their self-tape auditions. The workshop has also been featured in the SAG-AFTRA local LA newsletter and national magazine.
Showdown camp, missouri
We Make Movies brought a two-week long version of Smartphone Studio to the Showdown Film Academy Camp for ages 13-18 in Jefferson City in 2019. Thanks to gear lended by Apple the students were editing short films they shot on iPhones in Final Cut Pro X at the end of day 1! They also learned how to shoot documentary style interviews, create a suspenseful 5-shot dramatic exit, and then wrote, directed, produced and edited their own 5 minute short film. Over the course of two weeks the camp produced over 25 short films and celebrated with a standing room only screening open to all! More information on the camp here: http://www.newstribune.com/news/news/story/2019/jun/04/local-film-camp-teach-students-they-work-create-shorts-feature-and-documentary/781434/