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Dinner Date Short Film School


You can watch these tutorials immediately after the purchase!


Product Description

Enjoy a hilarious short comedy "Dinner Date" and learn how it was made. These tutorials provide detailed instructions on how to make a short film with little or no money. The topics covered include everything from the concept development, pre-production, storyboarding and equipment choices to the actual filming, editing and sound FX. It is a great tool for any aspiring filmmaker.

Directed by: Tom Antos
Cast: Jeff Sinasac, Keith Cooper, April Morgan, Tonya Dodds
Film Festivals: CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Mississauga Independent Film Festival, National Film Board Special Screenings
Format: DVD with no region coding (i.e. viewable worldwide) and/or digital version (streaming and downloading).

The host Tom Antos is an accomplished film and music video director with over twelve years of experience and several awards to his name. His YouTube filmmaking tutorials have a large international following. With this set of tutorials, you will see step-by-step how he created a short comedy that entertained audiences at various international film festivals.


Total Running Time: 1 hour and 47 min.

  • Introduction
  • “Dinner Date” short film
  • Writing the Script
  • Storyboarding
  • Cinematography Style
  • Location Scouting
  • Casting
  • Equipment
  • Working with Actors
  • Placing the Camera
  • Recording the Takes
  • Lighting
  • Data Management
  • Editing
  • Color Correction
  • Sound
  • Premiering Your Film
  • Extras: Bloopers, Deleted Scene


  1. :

    I just received my DVD and it’s all of the info I ever was looking to be answered.

  2. :

    Your short movie ‘Dinner Date’ is in one word, FANTASTIC. The DVD, was very informative. I already saw it about 3 times.

  3. :

    It was well worth the money… I enjoyed both the short and especially the educational portion with the tutorials.

  4. :

    It’s the best $72 I ever spent on video study. I highly recommend you get this DVD. He takes you from the beginning of the process all the way to the viewing. BEST BUY ON THE WEB! HANDS DOWN!

  5. :

    It is very informative and very very VERY funny!

  6. :

    As a beginner in HDDSLR I really love it! The way you present it.. just make me feel like sitting in front of you.

  7. :

    I love film and I always wanted to make short film.

    I have searched on the internet and found reasonably material, but not completely.

    I’ve seen the DVD of Dinner Date.

    You have explained on the DVD all subject completely. It is in good order and easily explained, that is what I really needed!!!

    I was looking for this kind of material and I can say: “ I’ve found them” !

    I am grateful!

  8. :

    Overall awesome videos, well worth the money, but if you don’t mind answering 1 question. You don’t use any field monitor on those videos, but you use a lot of lights that sometimes shine directly into camera. How do you know if you have the right exposure for the shot? The LCD screen is so tiny. Do you use just histograms or there is something else?

    Thanks! Looking forward to buy more videos from you!

  9. :

    I have finished watching the Dinner Date tutorials. It was very good thanks and I learnt quite a few new things. Some comments I have are:

    1. I would like to let my 12 year old son watch the videos and learn from it as well, but I feel the Dinner Date is somewhat M rated and so I am not comfortable, which is a pity as he could learn a lot from it as well. Perhaps a more G or PG rated video would have been good to capture a wider audience. Hopefully the music video might be more suitable.

    2. There was perhaps an imbalance between lecturing and hands-on practical. I would have liked to have seen more hands-on demonstrations of the video being made with wide shots of the camera positions, crew, lighting and sound.

    I would certainly give it 4/5 stars.

  10. :

    I have watched the movie and the tutorials with it. Very helpful i must say. on every area it is explained enough to get you going. You give a lot of tips of lighting, camera angles etc.

    I’m a starter at this… I have a lot to do and the tutorials will help me a great deal.

  11. :

    I just completed watching the tutorials. You have provided very good information on filmmaking. We could have benefited even more by getting tips on basic things like whether to do a auto focus or a manual focus while using steadycam and the ways to do manual focus if necessary.

  12. :

    These are incredible valuable tutorials.

  13. :

    About tutorials, I should say they were really helpful for me as a new beginner. I learned lots of things about camera, especially editing and other things.

    About editing, what you have done is really professional. I do some editing in Final cut pro but basic stuffs. but after i saw your DVD i released for editing i have to learn more things, because I like to learn a little bit about everything except directing.

  14. :

    I just wanted to let you know that you did a great job on the tutorials! You are an awesome teacher! Keep up the great work! I’m sure you are helping a lot of people out there improve their craft.

  15. :

    I just received your video and must say your put together a good teaching product from the music to the dinner date video.

  16. :

    I really like Tom, but i’m disappointed. I thought this product would be 2 times or even 10 times better in quality versus his YouTube public videos. Which is not the case in my opinion. Barely no “On Set” tutorial..

  17. :

    Finished watching dinner date and really enjoyed how the movie was made. I would recommend watching this if you want to learn about movie making.

  18. :

    I really liked your tutorials. I appreciated how they did not go too much into the details of the theory and was very direct about the various aspects of creating the film. You also touched on story boarding, which was excellent. I also really liked the other tutorials you also have on your website to compliment the paid tutorials.

    I really wish there were more people like you who would share their knowledge, and I cannot tell you how much I am on the same page with you when it comes to the philosophy that information cannot be hidden and should be shared. Especially, when it comes to learning the arts like this one.

  19. :

    I really enjoyed this tutorial DVD. Tom is a great teacher, very common sense oriented and delivers enough details without getting the viewer bogged down. If you’re new to filmmaking, this is a great first step.

  20. :

    Hi Tom, I want to buy your DVD tutorial, hope i will be able to download it after purching???? Can I also find this tutorila in App store? Am using an ipad mostly.

    • :

      Hi Peter,

      the digital content (streaming, downloading) is delivered via VHX.TV

      Please review the info at http://tomantosfilms.com/terms-conditions/



      There is no app for Tom’s tutorials specifically, but VHX does have an iOS app, so you will be able to watch and download the content on your iPad (either in browser at VHX.TV or through the VHX app)

  21. :

    That’s great! Was surprised to see such cast! Marvelous acting and outstanding plot despite I was skeptic at first about «Dinner date short film school», but Kremerman recommended watching it, so I don’t regret having watch it! Cool!

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