Dinner Date Short Film School


You can watch these tutorials immediately after the purchase!


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. Alex Villegas

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

  2. Rudy Haakmat – Image Productions

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

  3. Christian B.

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

  4. Luv Life Entertainment

    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. Marco Bobadilla

    It is very informative and very very VERY funny!

  6. Rashid M. – Nusa Media House

    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. Adrian

    A very educational course, well worth the investment.

  8. Rob

    Great filming course. I learned a lot!

  9. Sharif Akbari

    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!

  10. K. Lamar

    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!

  11. Michael Inglis

    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.

  12. Jurgen Graanoogst

    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.

  13. Sunil John

    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.

  14. Tim Greig

    These are incredible valuable tutorials.

  15. Ali Wajir

    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.

  16. Kevin Terrington

    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.

  17. Drew Lago

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

  18. Maxime

    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..

  19. Geo wright

    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.

  20. Suraj Bramania

    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.

  21. Vince

    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.

  22. Peter Roberts

    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.

    • Lukasz Antos

      Hi Peter,

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

      Please review the info at https://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)

  23. Lucas

    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!

  24. Julien

    I am a new with the Camera. i started work with Canon T5I i did most of my learning on youtube then i come across Tom on one of his youtube Videos. I was so good on small details and he speaks slow where by you it was so easy to understand. He was so knowledgeable and very Skilled. I would Recommend his Teaching to Beginners.

  25. Suraj

    Learned a lot from this dvd. It’s perfect for beginners. I highly recommend it if you are just starting out.

  26. sonia

    This is a great product that has lots of tips for beginning in filmmaking. It is also very funny.

  27. Joseph Colligan

    I can attribute 50% of my enthusiasm and skill and love for film-making to to Tom making the pursuit in all it’s aspects far more approachable. Of course i’ve taken loads more courses sense Tom’s introduction from service other than Tom (e.g Herzog and Zorkin Masterclasses) but they are still only valuable because of the grounding and explanations offered by Tom first. Thanks Tom! P.S. you probably won’t remember, but i had an issue with one of your files downloading correctly because of issues on my side and you helped me out immediately by dropboxing it to me! I’ll never forget the personal service! Thanks!

  28. David

    Well worth acquiring, lots of hints, factual tips and set up. great addition to your tool kit.

  29. Dave Goodman

    It was entertaining and a nice part of an overall online DIY film education, but it left a lot to be desired in terms of depth. I was left with just as many questions after watching as I went in with – just new ones.

  30. Christopher Colgan

    Tom Antos is an invaluable source of information and resources. I have watched with interest his reviews of specific products and through his recommendations, I have spent thousands of pounds (English money) on steadycams, gimbles, lights and laptops, etc. I have also purchased his Short Film School, which is very informative plus various lighting tutorials (Lighting Dozen 1 &2). Tom uses language we can all understand and does not confuse you with jargon just to sound clever. Most importantly, he keeps the budget filmmaker in mind and his examples can all be reproduced, as opposed to some hypothetical studio set up that no-one can really afford. I hope he continues to do what he does for a long time.

  31. Pablo Bigio

    I purchased “Film School”…and it truly is a film course. It covers: equipment, camera movement, cinematography, editing, color correction, VFX just to name a few of the topics included. The material is presented in an easy to understand fashion.

  32. tlover tonet

    excellent points altogether, you just won a new reader. What could you suggest in regards to your submit that you just made a few days ago? Any sure?

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