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TikTok for Filmmakers

TikTok, the social media platform is quickly becoming an essential tool for filmmakers, opening doors to showcase their work to a broad audience, providing support and inspiration all over the world. This workshop teaches emerging and established filmmakers how to use Tiktok to develop and advance their filmmaking skills, find collaborators, showcase their work, and grow an audience for their projects.

Tiktok has a massive reach with billions of worldwide downloads, and a huge and extremely engaged user base that is unique among the social channels. No other platform offers such a robust short-form video format, a suite of creative tools, deep community engagement, promotion and marketing features and collaborative opportunities - vital tools for contemporary filmmakers and content creators. Participnts will learn how to produce short-form TikTok-length films in this workshop, and use Tiktok to build an audience for their work by sharing the creative workflow, from behind the scenes access to educating other filmmakers, collaborating and crowd-sourcing ideas and input on projects. We’ll deep dive into the many filmmaking-specific challenges, contests and festival relationships that TikTok develops to energize filmmakers. 

Explore the many collaborative opportunities among filmmakers, actors, writers, directors, cinematographers, editors, lighting, audio and visual effects specialists; allowing for shared creativity, cross-promotion, and exposure to new audiences. And of course, we’ll explore the vast opportunities that TikTok provides to educate, for filmmakers to share their expertise and knowledge through tutorials, provide tips, tricks, and insights on every aspect of filmmaking, such as screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing to inspire other aspiring filmmakers. If you contribute to the community, it opens the door to paid work, collaboration, partnerships (and/or funding) for your work. 

part 1: Mon 4 December 2023, 6 - 9 pm   
part 2: Wed 6 December 2023, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Mon 4 December 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Stephen Knifton

Stephen Knifton is a Toronto-born video producer and brand journalist. He began his career in network television news, working as a senior producer for the CBC in Toronto, and News Corp in New York City. He covered and produced multiple live and breaking news events; including 9/11, Gulf War, Iraq War, and has produced US election coverage and debates. He designed, created and produced a number of news and current affairs programs.

Following a career in television news, he started an online video production company, and went on to produce digital content and brand journalism for a wide variety of architects, designers, business development groups, developers, non-profits and government agencies in both Toronto, New York City and DC.

He teaches video production, video storytelling and post production at two different Toronto-area colleges, and won both a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in network news.

Location: Online via Zoom
Category: Filmmaking Intensive
Maximum Capacity: 15
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$105 /member$130 /nonmember