How To Become AGreat F*cking Filmmaker

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Dan Mace

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Learn How to Plan and Produce Videos Like Dan Mace

In a 7-Hour Learning Experience

With Access to 200GB Of Footage and Filmmaking Resources

You’ll Produce 1 Awesome Film AND Get Feedback on It

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MESSAGE FROM ME

Hey bru! I’m Dan Mace. If my name sounds somewhat familiar, that’s probably because you’ve seen my YouTube videos like my ‘Seeing Sounds’ series, where I remake songs by using everyday objects to record the sounds. For instance, I once played The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ with bricks and Justin Bieber’s ‘Peaches’ with...peaches.

Back when I was a young creative (I’m still creative but maybe not so young anymore), I really struggled with finding my voice and translating my ideas through visual storytelling. So, I understand what that feels like. Since then, together with my team, I've built a YouTube channel with over 35 million views and made short films and commercials that won multiple awards at Cannes Lion, 1.4 Director Showcase, and the African Cristal Festival Grand Prix. Now that I’ve been in the industry for 10 years, I’m so keen to share all those lessons with other creative minds!

To be clear, this is NOT a technical editing course (that is definitely something you can find on YouTube). But in my academy i’m going to show you what you CAN’T find for free- a deconstruction of my creative thought process- starting from the ideation phase until the final edit. I’ll even deconstruct the entire process that I followed when creating one of my most successful TV commercials.

By the end of it, you’ll have a much clearer picture of how to go about improving your creative process and, ultimately, become a great f*cking filmmaker.

Don't forget: You're AWESOME, bru! See you on the inside.

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What I'll Teach

  • How to Amplify Your Creative Voice in Any Brief
  • Shooting a Video With Zero Footage – and Still Making It Work!
  • Finding Ingenious Ways to Translate Your Ideas as a Content Creator
  • My Key Pointers for Planning and Video Production

What's Included

  • 1.5 Hour-Long Video Lessons

    New modules will be added by Dan every 3 months.

  • 2 Zoom Sessions

    Real learning happens through doing. Meet your classmates and create your ads together.

  • Meet the Creator With Dan Mace

    The best ads will be shown to Dan, who will give feedback.

  • Exclusive Community

    Join a group of creatives and filmmakers from all over the world.

  • Resources

    Over 200MB of Dan’s B-roll, gear list, shotlist – all for you to use in your videos!

What Others Say About Me

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Learn How to Plan and Produce Videos Like Dan Mace

In a 7-Hour Learning Experience

With Access to 200GB Of Footage and Filmmaking Resources

You’ll Produce 1 Awesome Film AND Get Feedback on It

Curriculum

Welcome, Bru!

Welcome to How to Become a Great F*cking Filmmaker! Before you take flight, here’s your safety video. This is the stuff that you won’t learn on YouTube.

How This Experience Works

How This Experience Works

How I Found My Voice In Filmmaking

My path toward finding my voice and creative identity as a filmmaker came with all kinds of twists and turns. Come with me on a journey that kicks off with me being a young creative in South Africa, to then being discovered by YouTuber Casey Neistat, and then going on to start JOE Films. I will share the key mistakes and lessons that I learned along the way.

How Much I Sucked When I First Started

How Much I Sucked When I First Started

Going From Film Director to YouTube Creator?

Going From Film Director to YouTube Creator?

What I Learned From Casey Neistat

What I Learned From Casey Neistat

Who I Designed This Academy For

Who I Designed This Academy For

Making a Great Commercial

There are countless technical details behind the making of a great commercial. But there’s something that you cannot find on YouTube (and that’s rare, right?): A step-by-step breakdown of my creative thought process. In this section, I’ll start at the pitch and go from ideation to production planning. Plus, while I’m spilling the beans, I’ll share an awesome story about how I landed my first TV commercial.

Finding Opportunity Is Easier Than You Think. Here’s How.

Finding Opportunity Is Easier Than You Think. Here’s How.

How to Make Damn Sure You Win That Pitch

How to Make Damn Sure You Win That Pitch

My Tips on Filming and Planning for a Big Production

My Tips on Filming and Planning for a Big Production

My Trusty Equipment List for a Remote Shoot

My Trusty Equipment List for a Remote Shoot

Sound Design 101: Diegetic & Non-Diegetic Sounds

Sound Design 101: Diegetic & Non-Diegetic Sounds

Telling a Story With No Footage

No footage? No problem, bru! I was in this exact situation, and the video ended up getting over 2 million views. Never let a lack of footage stop you from telling the story. I’ll talk about what was going through my mind when I solved this problem and what I learned as a result.

My Simple Story Structuring Method

My Simple Story Structuring Method

Can’t Get Footage? Different Storytelling Mediums You Can Use

Can’t Get Footage? Different Storytelling Mediums You Can Use

Vlogging or Stop-Motion - Which Is Better and Why

Vlogging or Stop-Motion - Which Is Better and Why

How Scarcity Is The Mother of Invention

How Scarcity Is The Mother of Invention

Editing 101: How to Stir the Audience’s Emotions

Editing 101: How to Stir the Audience’s Emotions

How I Applied the Same Principles in Other Videos

How I Applied the Same Principles in Other Videos

Making Good Choices In Film

What does “your voice” even mean? The dictionary isn’t going to cut it for this question. Your voice is simply a sum of the choices you’ve made over the years. In this final section, I point out some of my most common creative choices in all my videos. I believe this makes up MY voice, and hopefully that inspires you to question and refine YOURS.

Research - Why Is It Important and How Much Do I Need to Do?

Research - Why Is It Important and How Much Do I Need to Do?

Contingency Planning for a Remote Shoot

Contingency Planning for a Remote Shoot

After 10 years, Here are My Top 10 Tips

After 10 years, Here are My Top 10 Tips

Presenting... The Final Project

Presenting... The Final Project

The First-Ever Meet the Creator (Live Recording With Dan Mace)

In this live recording, Dan gets real and answers questions posed by students like “what is the future of your channel?” or “how do you stay creative and different?”, and gives advice on how to start off on YouTube.

Dan Mace Answers 9 Questions

Dan Mace Answers 9 Questions

Resources

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B-Roll Footage

Pre-Production Checklist

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UltimateGear List

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Animations& Transitions

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Treatment Deck

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Dan's Idea Book

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Email Templates

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Stock Libraries

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The Future of Online Courses
Welcome to “Cohort Learning”

Hands-On Learning WithClassmates

Live Instruction In a VirtualClass

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Built-In Support andAccountability

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Global Network of TalentedPeers

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Who Is This For?

If you are...

Fresh Out of Film School

Still learning the ropes? Dan will talk you through his own journey, from vlogging to setting up his own production company.

An Independent Filmmaker

You don't always need a big budget to create a masterpiece, as Dan shows you how to get creative with your content.

A Vlogger/YouTuber

Need help making videos? Dan will share some of his greatest camera hacks and skills so that you can get better and faster each time.

About Me

Dan Mace

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Some people know me as “Dan the Director,” and I’m an award-winning filmmaker, YouTuber, and founder of JOE Films. Over my 10-year career in the industry, I’ve directed large-scale commercials, music videos, documentaries, and short films. My YouTube channel has grown to over 770,000 subscribers with over 35 million views.

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FAQ

All you need to know

Does Dan Mace teach during the Zoom sessions?

This course is a combination of pre-recorded video lessons by Dan Mace, together with a live learning experience with Nas Academy facilitators on Zoom. You'll get the chance to meet Dan at the Meet the Creator sessions. Please check your student portal for these dates.

    Will I learn the basics of editing in this course?

    No, this is not a course on how to edit videos. Dan explains all this and more in the trailer video above.

      Will I have access to the video recordings after the course is over?

      Yes! You have lifetime access to everything in this course – including Dan's resources and the alumni community group.

        Will I get a certificate, as proof of my learning?

        Yes! You will receive a digital Certificate of Completion. We can't wait for you to proudly share your achievements with your classmates, friends, and family. Don't forget to tag us on social media!

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