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Smartphone Filmmaking

Ended Mar 24, 2021
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This class will meet ONLINE on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm eastern time.

You have more filmmaking firepower than Charlie Chaplin or Sergei Eisenstein ever had, right now, in your pocket. Smartphone Filmmaking teaches students how to harness the potential of the cell phone as a filmmaking tool. You’ll learn how to set up a shot with your smartphone, use natural light, shoot an interview, and tell a story, like in the movies.

Over the course of the class, we’ll talk about film theory and grip equipment, as well as the importance of sound and filmic effects like time lapse, tracking, and slo-mo—all with your cell phone. Students will learn by doing, with practical examples and simple assignments. Along the way, we’ll cover some editing basics and good workflow habits to help you launch your filmmaking ideas.

Recommended equipment: Smartphone, tripod, and smartphone mounting clip

A photo of Hal GoodtreeHal Goodtree is an Emmy and Cannes Lion award winning filmmaker who has worked with James Earl Jones, Cindy Crawford, The New York Times and the National Football League. His latest project, “Shaw Rising: The story of the oldest HBCU in the South” is now streaming on PBS. He has been an instructor in photography and filmmaking at CDS since 2015.