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Filmmaking on your Phone

The exterior of D'Youville's Madonna Hall

The filmmaking workshop starts on March 25, 2019 and is taught by Somnath Sen. 

This workshop will demystify the process of filmmaking. There are no pre-requisites and participants do not need any prior experience in filmmaking.  Some background in phone video application and editing software is a plus.

Program Objectives

Participants will complete the following learning objectives:

  • Understand how films are made – technology, aesthetics and the process.
  • Learn basic screenwriting – this will culminate in the script for a short film.
  • Learn how to use your phone for creating video and then edit using software. Participants will get hands on experience on these.  Work will be reviewed.
  • Finally, participants will work in groups to make one or two films.


This workshop will meet three evenings (MWF) during the week for two hours each day from 5 PM -7 PM.  Additionally, participants will spend four hours each Saturday from 8 AM - 12  PM.  While  shooting the final films, participants can choose to spend more time on the workshop. 

The meeting in Week 1 of the workshop will be via Skype or other video conferencing software.

Filmmaking Workshop (3 weeks)
Date Time
Monday, March 25 Online through Friday, March 29, 2019
Monday, April 1 5-7 PM
Wednesday, April 3 5-7 PM
Friday, April 5 5-7 PM
Saturday, April 6 8 AM-12 PM
Monday, April 8  5-7 PM
Wednesday, April 10 5-7 PM
Friday, April 12 5-7 PM
Saturday, April 13 8 AM-12 PM



For more information, please contact Phil Ciallela at 716-829-8014 or email

Do you need special accommodations?

If you require special accommodations or information on accessible entrances and pathways, please call 716-829-8338.

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