LA Shorts Fest

Beyond YouTube:  Making Mobile and Internet Movies That Sell
Classes Meet Tuesday Evenings 7-10 PM starting Tuesday, September 23rd 2008
Register for 5 weeks $285 or 10 weeks $385  
Location of class: Hollywood area
100 million times a day, video is being downloaded on YouTube. 100 million videos.  Per day.  And that’s just on YouTube.
Can YOU do better than YouTube ?
Mobile and Internet film series are the newest cinematic art form, and there is a huge and growing demand for quality content right now. Thousands of videos are posted daily on the Internet but few create interest, excitement, and profit.

In this course, learn to develop, write, shoot, edit, and post the first three episodes of a webisode or mobisode to the Internet or mobile phones.

Instruction emphasizes great stories and great characters. Other topics include overview of the mobile and Internet video markets, generating traffic and hits, revenue-sharing models, and exploiting your work internationally.

The final projects are screened and critiqued in class before an invited audience. Lectures, discussions, and viewing of video clips are supplemented by industry guests, including a viral video expert and a content exploitation expert.

Instructor Frank Chindamo was the first person to teach mobile filmmaking in the US in 2005.  He is also the President of, a mobile channel on Sprint, Verizon, iPhones, Motorola and Nokia phones.  FLM’s “Fun funny phone films” are distributed in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia (including China), and Africa. The company was nominated against MTV for Best Video Producer at the Mobile Entertainment Awards in both 2006 and 2007, won 2 American Cine Golden Eagles, and was a finalist for best short at the Cannes Film Festival. This year they beat MTV and Orange for The Content Award at Cannes.

Saturday, August 16th, 11:00am
Panavision Workshop:
How to talk to the big guys when you’re a little guy
Join qualified representatives from Panavision, Kodak, Fotokem, Efilm and Delux to find out how small independent films and students productions without large budgets can obtain products and services from leaders in the field. Topics include low-cost camera rentals, film, film processing, electronic workflow and post production services such as digital intermediates and film-outs.

Sunday, August 17th, 11:00am

LA Shorts Fest Web & Mobile Distribution

The explosive growth of online and wireless distribution networks has opened up a swath of new challenges, and opportunities, for filmmakers and creators. Distributors have soured on "stupid pet tricks" and are actively recruiting well-crafted, professionally produced films and content propositions. What distribution models are being employed? Who are the players? What formats and genres work "best"? And, more importantly, what are the direct (and indirect) benefits to you as a filmmaker? LA Shorts Fest is developing a program that hopes to ease the process and management of online and wireless distribution for filmmakers. In an open forum-style presentation, we will provide an overview and open up the floor to questions.

Michael Troxler
Michael Troxler is a veteran digital distribution professional with over 13 years experience in the global acquisition and distribution of digital media. His experience spans multiple sectors to include producers/rights owners, content aggregators, distributors and platform solution vendors.
Nina Spensley
Nina Spensley is a media consultant and independent film producer. She was the project manager of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Global Short Film Project, an international collaboration that featured short films created specifically for viewing on mobile devices worldwide.

Monday, August 18th, 11:00am
Actors Meet Directors

Actors, here’s your chance to question directors about how to connect with them when it comes to making indie films. Directors, here’s an opportunity to discover and network with the LA talent base. This panel will be an informal mix between actors and directors, focusing on how actors can get the world out to directors and producers of indie films that they are available and ready to work. Directors attending will include the filmmakers whose short films have been selected for this year’s festival.

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