- New York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Columbia University in the City of New York, Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Dodge College Course: Byte-Sized Television I, Art & Business of Web Video
Education: BFA Film & Television Production, New York University; MFA Screenwriting & Producing, Columbia University
Industry Affiliations: Mobile Entertainment Forum
Frank Chindamo comes from a family of teachers and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. He especially loves teaching his students about New Media, because “it’s changing every day. We as a class are on the forefront of shaping this new medium!”
Chindamo is the President and Chief Creative Officer of Fun Little Movies, a development, production, and global distribution company for original content on mobile phones, the Internet, and portable devices. His work has received 23 awards, including the Grand Prize at Mobile Content World at the MoFilm Awards in Barcelona, Spain. He was also a finalist for Best Short Film at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Chindamo brings this expertise to the classroom, telling his students that “The internet is the fastest path to success in this industry—but it won’t wait around for you… Start now. Start writing. Start networking. Start shooting, posting, socializing, and learning how your content does in the real-world marketplace.”
His students have included two of YouTube’s Top 10: Freddie Wong, with over 2 million subscribers and 5 Second Films, plus Bernie Su, winner of 2 Streamy Awards, with his new series featured in Time Magazine, Lizzie Bennett.
As for social media,Chindamo and his writing partner Lynn Speier were hired by Myspace as part of their re-invention to blog about Internet stars, and rapidly grew to nearly 600,000 followers.
As a writer/producer, Chindamo has a long track record of writing/producing short comedic AND ADVERTAINMENT videos for the web and TV networks worldwide including HBO, Showtime, CBS, PBS, Fox, MyNetworks, the BBC, CBC, Playboy, MTV and Comedy Central. A good example of my work is the multi-award nominated series Mr. Wrong, made by FLM for Babelgum.
His mobile video company Fun Little Movies currently hosts a top-deck channel of comedy videos on Sprint phones. FLM was the first U.S. company to produce comedic films for mobile phones worldwide, and launched on Sprint TV in 2004. By 2007, I was nominated by Ernst & Young for Entrepreneur of the Year.
PRESS: FLM has been a cover story or featured in Forbes Magazine, the L.A. Times, the NY Times, USA Today, The NY Post, the BBC, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, AdAge, Mashable, CBS and Wired Magazine.
MULTIPLE AWARDS: FLM has won over 30 awards for the work we have produced. In Feb. 2009, we took the Grand Prize at Mobile Content World in Barcelona at the MoFilm awards, given by Kevin Spacey. We’ve also won CTIA's "World Smallest Film Festival" and two Golden Eagles at the American Cine’ Awards, as well as The Content Award at Cannes in 2008, over MTV and Orange. FLM was also a finalist at: The Cannes Film Festival for Best Short Film, the 2008 Mobile Content Award in London, the 2008 and 2009 Mobile Excellence Awards, and the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Mobile Entertainment Magazine Awards for Best Video. In 2009, FLM was nominated for the Mobile Entertainment Magazine Award for Best Video Producer, and was a finalist for two Mobile Excellence Awards, including the Company Star Award.