Filmmaking Instructors

Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin is Toronto based filmmaker and visual artist whose short films have screened across Canada and the United States. A graduate of Ryerson University’s film program and a recipient of the Universal Studios scholarship and HSBC filmmaker’s award, she strives for creativity, technical excellence and innovation in her work.

Nicole teaches Practical Movie-Making for Educators and 100% Hands-on Film Exercises for Absolute Beginners

Peter Genoway

Peter Genoway is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose critically-acclaimed work has been seen internationally. In 2013, he wrote and produced the hit play The Oak Room, which won the Toronto Fringe’s Best New Play Contest, was named “Patron’s Pick”, and was nominated for “Best Independent Production” by Most recently he was in Whistler, BC, where his feature-length screenplay MASKS was selected amongst six others from across the country to participate in the Whistler Film Festival’s prestigious Project Lab. Peter is a graduate of the National Screen Institute’s “Features First” program.

Peter teaches Film Directing 101

Students say,

“Good communicator, organized, welcomes class participation.”

Ammar Ijaz

Ammar Ijaz has been involved in filmmaking for over 10 years and loves teaching people how to bring their own visions to life. He has been involved in the Hart House Film board for almost ten years exploring his passion for both filmmaking and teaching.

Ammar teaches Editing with Adobe After Effects

Ross Kerr-Wilson

Ross Kerr-Wilson is a freelance filmmaker and director of two short documentaries, Walkabout and Life=Art=Life. He currently works for Pine Grove Productions as a Camera Operator and is a graduate of Humber College for Film and Television Production.

Ross teaches Open Production Practice: Documentary

“Ross was fantastic.”

Bronwen Keyes-Bevan

Bronwen Keyes-Bevan graduated from film school in the UK before joining a production house in Winchester, UK. There she worked her way up from intern to assistant to production coordinator and was eventually producing for them. On returning to Toronto after an extended hiatus, she gained a graduate cert in writing and producing for film and tv from Humber College. Today she works as a freelance writer, has a web series in development and is at work on a screenplay.

Bronwen teaches Film Directing 101, Practical Movie-Making for Educators and 100% Hands-on Filmmaking Exercises for Absolute Beginners

Students say,

“Very approachable because she is so friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. Her experiences as a film professional were very informative and encouraging to someone just starting out.”

“She is very down to earth and approachable as well as very knowledgeable with the material.”

Annette Mangaard

Annette Mangaard has written and directed fifteen films in more than a decade as an independent filmmaker. She has recently been nominated for a Gemini for Best Director of a Documentary for her one hour film, GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS, AND THE FIN DE SIECLE (for TVO, Bravo, SCN, Knowledge) about the celebrated Canadian artists collective which premiered at Hot Doc’s in Toronto then went on to garner accolades at festivals in Vancouver, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Asolo – Italy (among others).

Annette teaches Video Cameras 101, Documentary Filmmaking: An Introduction, Documentary Writing and Hands-on Documentary Filmmaking

Students say,

“Very experienced, well spoken, uses good examples, provide good individual feedback.”

“She makes students comfortable and open.”

Chris North

Chris North is a recent grad of Humber Film and Television and an active independent filmmaker.

Chris teaches Film Lighting 101, Green Screen, Video Cameras: HD, Film Production Sound, Film Post-production Sound

Students say,

“Considerate of people participating with different levels of experience.”

“Charismatic, simple explanations.”

“Clear and concise. Keeps the class momentum.”

Rick Palidwor

Rick Palidwor has had numerous short films and videos broadcast in Canada and abroad and he is the producer and co-director of the award-winning feature Sleep Always. Rick has taught filmmaking at Hart House, York University, George Brown College and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) for many years. Rick currently Administers the Creative Classes at Hart House.

Rick teaches Movie-Making 101, Production Planning, Post-Production Planning and Documenting Fieldwork

Students say,

“Practical and conceptual advice for beginners.”

“Very eloquent. Obviously experienced and very honest.”

“I am so much more prepared to begin filmmaking.”

Shawn Postoff

Shawn Postoff is a professional writer, independent filmmaker, novelist, playwright and artist.

Shawn teaches Writing a Short Screenplay

Students say,

“I hope that Hart House continues to offer these workshops. They have been invaluable to me.”

“Shawn is super willing and generous to work one-on-one and give feedback and input that’s specifically focused on the individual’s goals intentions.”

“I really gained a lot from learning how a story should be structured in order to capture an audience and make a memorable lasting, story/character.”

Carlo Schefter

Carlo Schefter has an MFA from Ryerson University and is an active independent filmmaker.

Carlo teaches Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere.

Students say,

“Very easy to understand. Very thorough with presenting material.”

“He knows the subject. He speaks clearly. He encourages questions. Awesome.”

Alex Shuper

Alex Shuper works predominantly as an editor and his documentary credits include The Last Mogul, The Frontier Gandhi, and Super Duper Alice Cooper (for which he was awarded the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Film Editing). His narrative film editing credits include and The Mad. Alex also directed the feature Edge Codes, a documentary about film editing.

Alex teaches Film Editing Concepts and Theories

Students say,

“Everything I wanted to know about film!”

“It is helpful in understanding why I feel a certain way when watching a film (the methods behind brining out these emotions).”

“He is very knowledgeable about the material and brings his own experiences and provides good resources.”

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