Learn all the steps from A to Z of creating, directing and producing your own film!
Award winning NYC Director Joe Whelski has written, directed and produced local and national commercials, web series, and short and feature films— and his latest commercial features legendary comedian John Cleese. In this jam packed, one night workshop, Joe will teach you every phase of creating your own film. From Script to Screen, he will break down the entire filmmaking process: Conceiving film worthy ideas, script formatting, storyboarding, the importance of insurance and liability, location scouting, casting, assembling your crew, knowing your camera, light and sound options, directing your actors for the camera, editing, and post-production workflow, sound design, mixing, and film scoring, marketing your film, applying for film festivals and distribution. All students will receive class notes in the form of a PDF, so you’ll leave this workshop with a master blueprint on how to create your own independent film or video!
Film/TV/Streaming, Acting, Screenwriting, Directing
Joe Whelski is an award winning NYC Director, Writer, Producer, Instructor & SAG-AFTRA and Equity Actor. His feature indie comedy “Yellow Scare” (director and co-producer), won best “Best Comedy” at the Golden Door International Film Festival (NJ), and his darkly comedic web series “Mystery Mansion” (director and co-producer), won “Best TV Pilot” at the Hoboken International Film Festival. His original work has been featured on Funny or Die and the UK’s number one Star Wars fan site, JediNews. Joe directed the national commercial campaign for Unpakt.com, and created international commercials for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Born Free USA, and DAVSS (featuring ‘Doctor Who’ number 4, Tom Baker). His latest national commercial for the Duke Lemur Center features the VO of John Cleese. Joe is a founding member and creative director for the Magnet Theater Video Lab. As an actor, Joe has played various characters on ABC’s “One Life to Live”, appeared on “SNL”, and has starred in over 30 stage productions in NYC, NJ & PA. He’s had the privilege of working for legendary directors Ridley Scott, Sydney Pollack, Anne Bogart, and David Hugh Jones. He is an alumni of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The New School, The School for Film and Television, and earned his BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University in PA (while also studying design at Buckinghamshire College, England).