David Tovar: Graduate of Las Vegas Academy & UNLV’s Film Conservatories, David has written, directed, filmed, & edited 30+ narrative films - sometimes with not much more than himself and a camera. David is equipped with the on-set experience to guide aspiring filmmakers through the intricacies of each phase of creating a film: pre-production, production, and post-production - and all the tips & tricks he's learned creating with skeleton crews and thin budgets. Beyond collaborating with prior pupils (Las Vegas Academy & Rainbow Co. Youth Theater) to cultivate a nurturing & inclusive learning environment that empowers students to explore their artistic potential whilst honing technical skills, David's multi-faceted career in on-screen performance, commercial work, acting in the Disney parks, and motion pictures at varying budget levels allows him to offer practical, real-world advice and guidance to aspiring cast & crew of all types.
Script to Screen" is a creative & collaborative course designed for aspiring filmmaking professionals looking to develop their skills and knowledge in being a part of a team and making a film from scratch. We shall study & refer to the filmmaking greats of varying generations, whilst engaging you in hands-on activities to grant priceless practical insight into the process of creating compelling narratives for the screen.
As a group, develop a mini-movie using the environments, equipment, and actors available after creating a baseline understanding of how to visually tell a story. Enhance our short film through unique scriptwriting, thoughtful character development, and effective directing & filmmaking techniques. Gain practical skills in cinematography, lighting, and on-set production management and learn post-production processes for polished media. Discover the reality of independent & high-budget filmmaking, including marketing, distribution, and career advancement strategies.
Essentials of Cinematography & Visual Storytelling
Bringing Characters to Screen Hour
1: Screenwriting, Character Development, & The Beat Sheet
Hour 2: Directing Actors for Character-Accurate Performances
The Art of Pre-production
Hour 1: Shot Listing & Storyboarding
Hour 2: Script Supervision and Rewrites
Lights, Camera, Action!
Hour 1: Effective On-Set Management and Communication
Hour 2: Cinematic Lighting and Camera Techniques FOR MINI MOVIE
Editing and Post-Production Magic
Hour 1: Introduction to Editing Software and Techniques
Hour 2: Sound Design, Music, and Post-Production Audio
Marketing, Distribution, and the Filmmaker's Journey
Hour 1: Film Marketing and Festival Strategies
Hour 2: Navigating the Industry: Career Paths and Networking