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The Thrifty Filmmaker!

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August 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

Thanks to great advancements in everyday technology, we have the ability to make professional-level content on-the-go. Camera lenses in our smartphones are so advanced and we can produce quality videos without the need for expensive equipment and quickly share footage directly to social media.

This 4-week course will guide you through your short film on a budget. Students will learn the basics of film making and how to apply the different techniques to create a short film using your smartphone. We will explore the best microphones, and lens choices, lighting tools, and video camera and video editing apps.

My name is Aia Raafat, I’m a filmmaker, a movie editor and a graphic designer. I did my master’s in Communications and Media Studies at Ottawa University with a focus on analyzing video content on social media platforms. I am a certified user for Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects, Adobe Photoshop and Apple FinalcutX. I worked in post-production for several years and I also led different video production roles by being a part of the creative team at the UNISDR 3rd world conference on DRR – Daytime Ottawa crew at RogerTV cable 22 – DW broadcasting channel in Bonn, Germany – uOttawa Online Hybrid courses project.

illustration of a smartphone taking a video of coins

Course Outline

  • August 17th – Filmmaking basics – Video production
  • August 24th – Audio – Lighting – lenses
  • August 31st – Video editing
  • September 7th – Project


Zoom Account (register for the free account here). Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on Wednesday, August 16th.
Participants should also submit a brief description, notes or an outline of their short project (1pg. max) by the registration deadline. Please email your project to access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca.