Course Description

This course will teach you how to be creative in making your own movies. Learn the theory of filmmaking and experiment with hands-on creativity; explore the techniques and language of digital motion picture production. Expand your knowledge through short exercises and group assignments designed around lecture topics. Learners will produce a short film that will be screened in the final class.


Instructor: Mark Tollefson. After graduating from Ryerson’s film school in 1985, Tollefson worked on feature films and TV series as a director, producer, and editor. A film project he produced in 1998, Death Threat, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and spawned the hit CBC series Little Mosque on the Prairie. His recent editing credits include documentary series for National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, and the Smithsonian Institute. His work has received distinctions from the National Film Board, the Banff Festival, the National Screen Institute, and New York Festivals, among others.

Each student should bring a video camera; a mini DV camera is recommended. 


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