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Creating, Shooting and Monetizing Web Videos

Units: 2
Student Level: Beginning

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Start shooting videos now and get in on this avalanche of opportunity! Why wait for Hollywood to greenlight your talent?

It's amazing. People are watching 4 billion videos on YouTube a day--and uploading hundreds of thousands more!  A whole new crop of Internet stars is challenging the OLD Hollywood machine. Think you’re up to it? Look at how Justin Beiber went from a teenager with a bedroom webcam to a billion-dollar business. Nebraska teenager Lucas Cruikshank scored two Nickelodeon feature film movie deals for his web-series, Fred”.  And Federico Alvarez scored a $1,000,000 development deal, representation with CAA, and is directing the EVIL DEAD remake for the producer of Spider Man.

In this cutting-edge class, you’ll learn to lead the new media revolution – from brainstorming exciting series ideas to shooting, editing and posting on the web.  

Here are some of Professor Chindamo's past students. Are you the next…

Freddie Wong, aka FreddieW, one of YouTube’s biggest stars with over 2 million fans

Brian Firenzi and Michael Rousselet, Creators of the smash hit 5 Second Films

Bernie Su, winner of 2 Streamy Awards for Compulsions

Short Films and Web Videos are no longer just a stepping-stone to bigger projects, they’re an art form themselves.  And because our attention span is shrinking, the commercial exploitation for web videos is expanding.  This is the most accessible way for a you to get your work seen worldwide. And so far, it’s the fastest way to cash and deals!

Get the secrets to web-video success from past speakers like:

  Producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Cute, Win, Fail, Vin DiBona

  Head of Digital Media at United Talent Agency, Brett Weinstein

  Web video stars Fredie Wong (FreddieW), Michael Rousselet and Brian Firenzi at (5Second Films), Hulu and HD Net star Hayden Black (Goodnight Burbank), and Annoying Orange’s Dane Boe.

  Editor of the top news site for web video,, Drew Badwin

  Chairperson of the International Association of Web TV, Elizabeth Flack




This course emphasizes the fundamentals of webisode creation:

  First, you will conceive and write a short webisode series.  Conception will emphasize the creation of great, compelling stories that are possible to shoot in a short time on a very low budget. Your scripts will focus on compelling characters and well-executed stories. 

  You will then shoot approximately three episodes of your series.

  You’ll then edit and post your new series.

  We’ll then work on methods to grow your viewers, subscribers and revenue – so that learn how to make money at this.

  The class will end with a screening for your peers and some new media executives.

This is a hands-on class. Active participation is required. YOU will help shape the class by finding the websites, mobile series, video blogs and topics of discussion that you think we should all know about.? YOU will help determine what will be discussed.

Overall, you’ll explore how the short-form world is changing.  Well over 4 billion times a day, people see videos on YouTube, Hulu, Crackle, etc.  The list of companies using webisodes to connect with audiences far surpasses the number of studios and TV networks.   By the end of the course, you will know how to succeed in the world of webisodes.

Just look at the example of Gary Vaynerchuk, aka GaryV, a Russian immigrant who used online video to transform his parent’s New Jersey liquor store into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

About Your Instructor:

Frank Chindamo is the Creator and Executive Producer of TV and WebTV show, "Upwardly Mobile: The Pursuit of App-iness" distributed by Revision3 Networks, who have over 1 billion views/month.  Here's the 70-second promo.


Chindamo is also the co-author of the e-book “Internet Stardom: Insider Secrets to Web-Fame and Fortune.”


Frank is also President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies (FLM).  FLM specializes in the development, production and distribution of original comedy videos for global distribution on mobile phones, the Internet and television.   Fun Little Movies was the first U.S. company to produce comedic films for mobile phones worldwide, and launched as a channel on Sprint TV in 2004. 


FLM has been a cover story or featured in Forbes Magazine, the L.A. Times, the NY Times, USA Today, The NY Post, the BBC, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, AdAge, Mashable, CBS and Wired Magazine.


FLM has won over 30 awards. In Feb. 2009, they took the Grand Prize at Mobile Content World in Barcelona in the MoFilm awards, given by Kevin Spacey.    They’ve also won CTIA's "World Smallest Film Festival" and two Golden Eagles at the American Cine’ Awards, as well as The Content Award at Cannes in 2008, over MTV and Orange.  FLM was also a finalist at: The Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film, the 2008 Mobile Content Award in London, the 2008 and 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards, and the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Mobile Entertainment Magazine Awards for Best Video. In 2009, FLM was nominated for the Mobile Entertainment Magazine Award for Best Video Producer, and was a finalist for two Mobile Excellence Awards, including the Company Star Award. In 2010, Chindamo produced a video for TED with Titanic and Avatar Jon Landau.


Fun Little Movies have aired on numerous TV networks worldwide including HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, Fox, MyNetworks, the BBC, CBC, Playboy, MTV and Comedy Central. 


FLM specializes in Ad-vertainment. They produced Planet Green’s first ever animated comedy series "Bea Wildered," and have produced comedic advertainment series for clients such as Best Buy, Walmart, Petco and People2People.

Frank Chindamo received his Film B.F.A. from N.Y.U. and his Screenwriting & Producing M.F.A. from Columbia University.  In 2007 year he was nominated by Ernst & Young for Entrepreneur of the Year.    He is currently an Adjunct Professor at USC and Chapman Universities. His students have included: 


Freddie Wong, aka FreddieW, one of YouTube’s biggest stars with over 2 million fans;  Brian Firenzi and Michael Rousselet, Creators of the smash hit 5 Second Films, and Bernie Su, winner of 2 Streamy Awards for Compulsions.