Higher Education with Moondog Labs Gear
Prior to the accessibility of mobile device cameras, most film school students often didn't even complete a full project until the end of their first semester. Today, most film students are cranking out multiple projects within their first week of classes. Mobile filmmaking offers an affordable way to get repetitions. Students are learning far more from the creative experience than they would from a lecture.
Outlined below are three different organizations instructing young adults on the intricacies of professional mobile filmmaking and photography.
Director Johnson Cheng teaches a summer immersion course at Columbia University in New York City. He recommends Moondog Labs anamorphic lens to all of his students who want to achieve a truly cinematic look in their projects.
In the first few days of the course, participants learn the basic principles of mobile cinematography and gain hands-on experience as they progress from equipment assembly to on-set production protocol. They learn how to unlock the filmmaking potential of their mobile phones while taking on various key roles in the different projects - directing, cinematography, editing, sound – so that each student experiences different facets of film crewing.
In the second half of the class, students work together through the stages of production: initial concept, synopsis, treatment, script, storyboards, final shooting, and editing. Johnson provides guidance throughout the process, emphasizing the students’ responsibility for carrying the project from inception to completion. In addition to film production guidance, Johnson provides practical information regarding the film industry and film schools/career paths.
On the last day of the class, participants screen their completed films for review. These films can potentially be used for submission to short film festivals and as portfolio pieces.
Rob Layton teaches journalism and smartphone photography at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. He specialized in using his phone in the ocean and regularly captures the reason his home is rightfully called the Gold Coast.
As an industry leader in Australia and beyond, Rob is looked to for guidance on the latest and best products in the industry. When we released our Multi-Camera Filter Mount in February 2020, Rob had this to say:
"This multi-camera filter mount by @MoondogLabs has made such a difference in my workflow. A perfect match for @FiLMiCPro's new DoubleTake app."
Rob lectures regularly at filmmaking, journalism, and creative conferences. In the following video, Rob gives a 20 minute talk on the intricacies of underwater photography at the Mobile Creator Summit by FiLMiC Apps and Luma Fusion.
Dr. Max Schleser is a researcher at the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies as well as a Senior Lecturer of Film and Television at Swinburne University. He also curates the International Mobile Innovation Screening & Film Festival. For the 10th edition of the festival coming in 2021, Dr. Schleser is writing a book: Smartphone Filmmaking: Theory & Practice.
Moondog Labs Lens Mounting Plates for BeastGrip Pro will be prominently featured in the publication as an example of the quality optics that can be achieved when using a robust mobile rig. The book is slated for release in 2021. Once available, it will be linked here.