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Youth Media Project: 3 Easy Tips

3 Easy Tips to Improve Your Videos with Brendan Hiles

Filmmaking inspiration and helpful tips

Unleash your creativity!

Check out this step-by-step “How To Video” created by Barrie Film Festival award-winner Brendan Hiles.



Brendan Hiles

(Writer, Director, Producer)

Brendan Hiles is an award-winning writer/director/producer based out of Barrie, Ontario. He has completed numerous shorts and two features films that have been screened at film festivals throughout the world. He enjoys the collaborative nature of film and its ability to inspire and teach.


Awards won at the Barrie Film Festival:

“The Finest Form of Flattery”
Won, 1st place, Simcoe County Category, Barrie Film Festival, 2014


“A Cascadian Metal Adventure”
Won, 1st place, Simcoe County Category, Barrie Film Festival, 2016


“Hills Like White Elephants”
Won, 3rd place, Simcoe County Category, Barrie Film Festival, 2017


Won, 1st place, Simcoe County Category, Barrie Film Festival, 2018




I chose three tips that I felt were attainable for anyone with any level of filmmaking expertise. I explain each tip and any relevant concepts, including examples from my own work and also from great cinematic works throughout history. In doing so, I hope to distill down some simple techniques to an understandable level and maybe even inspire.



There’s a great deal of information on the internet that can be extremely helpful to an up and coming filmmaker. I definitely recommend exploring and following different filmmakers and teachers who are willing to share any knowledge. But still the best way to learn is through making films and applying any concepts or techniques to your specific way of seeing the world and crafting stories.


CLICK HERE to see Brendan featured in the Barrie Film Festival’s Filmmakers Series.
Filmed in 2019.



The Youth Virtual Media Arts Program is a project of the Barrie Film Festival and supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Barrie Community Foundation. This initiative is presented in partnership with Talk Is Free Theatre.



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