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Norman B.

I won't tell you the answers, but I will teach you how to find them.

I won't tell you the answers, but I will teach you how to find them.

$50/hour

  • 200 hours tutoring

About Norman


Bio

I won't tell you the answers, but I will teach you how to find them. And how to use those answers for your work. I'm a photographer, published author and working film producer. And I'm a strong believer in teaching the crafts I've worked so hard to learn.

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America, I'm in constant contact with professional writers and their work, helping them hone their scripts for production. My passion for the beauty of language and the...

I won't tell you the answers, but I will teach you how to find them. And how to use those answers for your work. I'm a photographer, published author and working film producer. And I'm a strong believer in teaching the crafts I've worked so hard to learn.

As a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America, I'm in constant contact with professional writers and their work, helping them hone their scripts for production. My passion for the beauty of language and the power of communication has made me a teacher and frequent lecturer.

My goal is to help turn your dreams and ambitions into finished works, whether that's completing your classes or joining the next generation of writers, speakers and artists. Daunting? Only at the very beginning. I'd love to show you how to get started....


Education

(BA) University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: 20% discount for groups of 2 or 3. 50% off for groups of 4 or more. 20% discount for extended sessions. 25% off for online sessions. Please discuss any specific needs before booking.
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/22/2018

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Film,

Film

A Directors Guild director and a Screen Actors Guild actor I bring the experiences of an award-winning 40-year career in filmmaking. Knowing that film is a collaborative art, I began teaching my craft as I learned it, writing manuals, reviewing software and offering classes.
Photography,

Photography

I am a published still photographer. My work began in the days of film and darkrooms and moved to the digital era. With a background as a filmmaker, I apply my knowledge of enhanced natural and studio lighting to my work as a photographer. I am currently learning to get the best work from the camera in an Android cell phone.
Theater,

Theater

Beginning as an Equity stage manager, I quickly shifted from tech to creative, directing shows for six dinner theatres in four states. Mounting a new show every two or three months, I delivered 23 separate productions before moving on to filmmaking.
Video Production

Video Production

In studios, on working sets and off to distant locations, video is a key part of much of my production work. My three-part PBS documentary was shot and edited entirely in video. I was Showrunner on a series shot on location entirely in video. When I teach film budgeting or writing business plans or writing a screenplay, video is as integral to the discussion as film. "I'm a filmmaker" no longer implies exposing actual film. Filmmakers make videos, too. Now that cameras leapfrog their technical improvements to deliver astonishing images, video has become the prime medium for delivering content at every budget level.

Business

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint, I created a series of classes that focus on film production. Preliminary classes discuss the screenplay structure and the process of translating scripts into movies. Advanced sessions cover preparation of production documents, script breakdown and budgeting.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I have been a Microsoft user and teacher since 1990.

Computer

Microsoft Outlook,

Microsoft Outlook

I've been a user of Outlook since Windows 3.11 and I'm familiar with most iterations of the program since then. When Windows 95 was introduced, I wrote a 13 part analysis of the OS for the seminal online publication, WebZine Weekly. I covered the Windows and it's many parts including Outlook. I teach of series of filmmaking courses. Though somewhat peripheral, communications are essential and I've taught the use of Outlook as one of the best applications.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint, I created a series of classes that focus on film production. Preliminary classes discuss the screenplay structure and the process of translating scripts into movies. Advanced sessions cover preparation of production documents, script breakdown and budgeting.
Microsoft Windows,

Microsoft Windows

My background with Microsoft stretches back to the early days of DOS. After providing input as a Windows 95 beta tester, I wrote an in-depth 13 part series on the program for the seminal online journal, WebZine Weekly. I frequently teach Windows from its most basic uses all the way through its advanced functionality.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have been a Microsoft user and teacher since 1990.
Photography,

Photography

I am a published still photographer. My work began in the days of film and darkrooms and moved to the digital era. With a background as a filmmaker, I apply my knowledge of enhanced natural and studio lighting to my work as a photographer. I am currently learning to get the best work from the camera in an Android cell phone.
Video Production

Video Production

In studios, on working sets and off to distant locations, video is a key part of much of my production work. My three-part PBS documentary was shot and edited entirely in video. I was Showrunner on a series shot on location entirely in video. When I teach film budgeting or writing business plans or writing a screenplay, video is as integral to the discussion as film. "I'm a filmmaker" no longer implies exposing actual film. Filmmakers make videos, too. Now that cameras leapfrog their technical improvements to deliver astonishing images, video has become the prime medium for delivering content at every budget level.

Corporate Training

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Using PowerPoint, I created a series of classes that focus on film production. Preliminary classes discuss the screenplay structure and the process of translating scripts into movies. Advanced sessions cover preparation of production documents, script breakdown and budgeting.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I have been a Microsoft user and teacher since 1990.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

English,

English

Through the years, I've been a Journalist, active blogger and published writer. I use that background to give students added focus and a vision for the potential of language.
Writing,

Writing

Creative Writing Theatre
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

English,

English

Through the years, I've been a Journalist, active blogger and published writer. I use that background to give students added focus and a vision for the potential of language.
Writing,

Writing

Creative Writing Theatre
Reading

Most Popular

English,

English

Through the years, I've been a Journalist, active blogger and published writer. I use that background to give students added focus and a vision for the potential of language.
Writing,

Writing

Creative Writing Theatre
Reading

Summer

Writing,

Writing

Creative Writing Theatre
Reading

Examples of Expertise


Norman has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 6 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

4.8 (18 ratings)
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Reviews


PowerPoint

I learned about Animations and Animation pane and also slide timing - it was helpful as I knew very little...Norman was patient and called me right on time... We had a little bit of an issue with making sure Skype screens were able to switch but we figured it out - using Skype was very good.

Alicia, 1 lesson with Norman

Experienced High Level Tutor

Norman is extremely knowledgeable about the relevant content. However, his ability to make connections and raise the level of discussion is what makes him an exceptional tutor.

Luke, 3 lessons with Norman

He was just amazing!

He gave a lot of feedback about my writing and some great points to add to my paper so I support my statements.

Wanda, 4 lessons with Norman

$50/hour

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