Let's say that for some time now you've been wanting to write a screenplay about a very exciting story, but you just can't bring yourself to sit down and start writing. You don't know how to approach the task. Guess what, writing can be a lot of fun. Especially if you're doing it among friends and everyone is very supportive. We'll get you writing in no time. All you have to do is show up and bring that story.
Ever wondered how to make a movie about your family? We'll talk about how to make exciting short documentaries about your family, parents, and grandparents. About your dogs, cats, and parrots. How to make a zero budget but quality movie out of an ordinary home video. How to approach your characters and how to persuade them not to be camera shy. Here you will have to shoot some of your own footage, so get ready. In the process we will watch and discuss lots of very cool documentaries that other filmmakers made about their families.
Directing for teens is my favorite course and the most difficult to write about. Let's say you habitually fall asleep at the movies. This happens to many people. Does that mean you have no ear for movies? Not at all. You just need to watch different kinds of films and that's what we'll talk about. We'll talk about the language of film, how to learn to understand it and even how to speak it a little. Generally speaking, this is a course for future directors, but if you want to learn to enjoy cinema, this is a course for you too.
About Daniel L.
Born in Russia and raised in Texas, Daniel graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles with a Master of Fine Arts in film directing. His graduate thesis film, "Moment Théâtral" (2007), won the prestigious Jack Nicholson Directing Award. Daniel produced the animated feature film "Purim: The Lot" (2013), which is now available on home video and VOD. He directed the documentaries "Kaltag, Alaska" and "Kamchatka: The Salmon Country" in association with the WWF and with grants from the Austin Film Society and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. In 2019, Daniel completed the S16mm short film "Bagatelle", funded in part by grants from AFS, Kodak, Panavision, the City of Houston, and others. In 2019 "Bagatelle" won the Grand Prix at Sochi International Film Festival in Russia. Daniel lectures on filmmaking at universities and colleges around Houston, Texas.