I have been fortunate to have toured throughout Ontario and Canada as a filmmaking educator. For those that knew me in school, who watched me walk down the halls to the office, or had to endure my many interruptions in class as a high school wanting-to-be-David-Letterman student, me as an “educator” may come as a surprise. It does to me, every time I start a class. And yes, I also did drop out of University. But when film became more about DIY and renegade (Godard and others would say it always was), almost entirely born out of the advent of digital and the access it provided to have-nots like myself, well, I found a fit. An outsider with a fit. And that primarily is where my workshops come in.
After four years of teaching the Directing Dramatic Film workshop at LIFT (Liaison of Independent Film), I’ve been able to assemble a presentation on filmmaking in general: directing, visuals, and screenwriting comprising the bulk of my talks. Complete with a powerpoint! … and video and script samples.