Cyber Film School for iPad.
The founders of Cyber Film School bring a film school experience to the iPad, thanks to Apples iBook platform, and iPad’s Camera and iMovie apps.
Toronto, Canada. July 9, 2015.
Founders Stavros Stavrides and Maurizio Belli enter the final week of their Kickstarter campaign to raise $20,000 (CDN – 14,000 USD). The goal is to complete their production of their unique learning tool made up of fifteen sequential chapters that cover technique, theory and history, with exercises and assignments that allow the user to learn, shoot and edit on one device. It will be available though Apple’s iBook Store later this fall.
“This isn’t our first go-around on interactive learning”, says co-founder and producer Stavrides. “We began with a mission to make quality film education affordable and accessible to everyone, way back in 2000. When iPad’s iBooks 2 came along it allowed us to combine our legacy content with freshly minted material in a way that recreates the film school experience.”
Cyber Film School’s legacy began over a decade ago, and was highly celebrated by press and users (www.cyberfilmschool.com/#!pressreviews/c199t) for its web resource, its interactive “Movie School Encyclopedia” and the spin-off TV series “Make Your Movie” with Independent Film Channel, all directed at the educational and retail markets, serving self-learners and teachers alike. In 2006 Cyber Film School merged with Film Underground, and the founders regained control of the brand in early 2013 to begin production of a Cyber Film School for iPad for a new generation where its founders claim, “visual literacy has never been more vital.”
The new product’s multi-touch content includes text, on-set video tutorials, image galleries, graphics, supported by exclusive craft interviews with notable filmmakers such as Norman Jewison, Robert Evans, Peter Bogdanovich, Irwin Winkler, Lawrence Bender, Christian Bale, Joe Berlinger/Bruce Sinofsky, Ronald Bass, Gerald Di Pego, Robert McKee, Dov Simens, Bill George, Scott Billups, Ira Tiffen, Conrad C. Hall, ASC, Mark Irwin, CSC, Fred Murphy, ASC , Anne Coates, ACE, Dede Allen, ACE, Stephen Mirrione, ACE, among others.
Ms. Evdoxia (Evda) Darios, Assistant Principal at the New York Board of Education, was just one of many educators who used Cyber Film School’s Movie School Encyclopedia when she launched a film program at Manhattan’s Norman Thomas High School. She was privy to the iPad edition development.
“I’m loving the iBook. It’s very clear. Not overwhelming”, says Evda. “It’s set up in chunks which also differentiates it for readers of all skill levels. Interactive, and definitely user-friendly. Have you considered a dictionary of terms? BTW, I shared it with my son who as a matter of fact is writing a screenplay. He’s been looking it over because he is doing this as a hobby and was never formally trained. He’s finding it very helpful.” She may be reached for comment upon request.
Currently, the new product is only available for Apple’s iOS and Mac computers. The iBook downloads like and app, and updates like an app, which allows for ongoing relationship with, and feedback from, its users. When other platforms like Amazon meet the multimedia specs that iBook offers, the creators will migrate the content as soon as available.
Stavros Stavrides, Co-Founder