Daniel Levin
Sugar Land, TX
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Daniel Levin

Daniel L.

Sugar Land, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm an award-winning filmmaker with a MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and 11 years of experience teaching filmmaking to college-level students. In our lessons I will help you become a proficient documentary and narrative filmmaker by focusing on your story ideas, story structure, and expressive techniques and cinematic vocabulary that you need to tell your story. Skills learned in our lessons can be successfully applied across all filmmaking genres from wedding videos and advertising to narrative films.

Learn the basics of producing and physical production for short films, music videos, commercials, and other short form genres. Narrative and documentary feature filmmaking will be discussed at your request.

About Daniel L.

I graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles with a Master of Fine Arts degree in film directing. My graduate thesis film "Moment Théâtral" (2007) won the prestigious Jack Nicholson Directing Award. My other work includes the animated feature film "Purim: The Lot" (2013), now available on home video and VOD. Two documentaries I directed, "Kaltag, Alaska" and "Kamchatka: The Salmon Country" were produced in association with the WWF and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Feature documentaries that I co-wrote and edited premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam, Rotterdam IFF, and others festivals. My latest film "Bagatelle" won Grand Prix at Sochi International Film Festival and premiered at the AFI as part of the highly selective Texas Filmmaker's Showcase. Over the years my films have been supported by grants from Kodak, Panavision, Austin Film Society, Houston Arts Alliance, and others. I am currently in development for a western feature film as a writer/director.

Having taught college-level filmmaking for 11 years I find that most students either have difficulty identifying an idea for a film that they like or have an idea that is too grand in scope for them to make into a short film. In our lessons we will work together toward identifying and framing stories that you can successfully make into effective short films using resources at your disposal. Along the way we will focus on acquiring storytelling skills and cinematic vocabulary that will help you produce short subject content across genres and platforms.

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