Mobisodes? Learn From the Master

If you live in Los Angeles, you have two opportunities to take a class from a mobile content pioneer

Last Updated: March 16, 2010 @ 11:38 AM

Want to learn how to conceptualize, writer, produce and post produce mobisodes?

If you live in Los Angeles, you’ll have two opportunities to learn from mobile content pioneer Frank Chindamo, President/Chief Creative Officer, Fun Little Movies.

Chindamo’s Fun Little Movies boasts a library of close to 2,000 films for mobile phones. His content is on the Google Android platform, iPhones (thanks to media agency Cross Mediaworks), on a top deck channel on Sprint (thanks to MobiTV) and an app on Blackberry (thanks to Metranome).

In addition to Fun Little Movies’ availability in North America, the company has mobile deals in India and throughout Asia and Europe.

He started teaching short film screenwriting in Jan. 2004 at USC.
“The course I had designed was shaped around the short films that were playing on the Internet at the time,” says Chindamo. “Up until then, the classes on short films were about writing the first act of a feature film, when in fact, people were only writing features. Mine was about writing a short film to play as a short film. The target for it was that short films would play on the Internet. By the end of that year, I had my channel on Sprint, and so in January 2005, I started teaching short film screenwriting in a way that would apply to mobile and web. Hence I was the first person in the world teaching mobile and web screenwriting. Director Kevin Smith would go on to teach a class in web screenwriting and web film production, in 2007, at UCLA.”
The UCLA Extension class begins April 13, and the USC class begins in June. Both will teach how to conceptualize content for the smaller screen, and how to write, produce, post produce and distribute. 
“This is aimed at both people with production backgrounds and others who bring skills such as writing or performing,” says Chindamo. “By the end of the class, you’ll have posted your first three episodes of a webisode or mobisode.”
Look here for more information on both classes and links to sign up.

Debra Kaufman is the editor and founder of MobilizedTV , an online newsletter that covers content on mobile devices. She has covered the entertainment industry for over 20 years, writing about new media, entertainment technology and other topics for the Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Film & Video and many others. Her work has also been published in Wired, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and American Cinematographer.