The Mission:

Down and Dirty DV is dedicated to empowering aspiring DV (digital video) filmmaker’s at all levels to create professional-quality productions despite limited budgets. We firmly believe in our creed: It does not take money to make movies. It takes resources. The Down and Dirty DV Series was created to help you maximize your resources and shoot video projects better, faster, and cheaper.

The Man:

The Down and Dirty DV Project is the brainchild of Anthony Q. Artis (prn. /ant-nee art-iss/). Anthony originally hails from the city of Baltimore, Maryland, but has made his home in New York City for most of the last 15 years. There he has honed his skills as a straight up digital guerrilla. He has worked professionally in positions as diverse as producer, gaffer, cinematographer, special-fx make up, sound mixer and location manager just to name a few.

Anthony is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating, he has worked on a variety of documentary and narrative films on both coasts and toughed through more low-budget projects than he cares to admit.

Most notably, Anthony is the producer of the indie feature film, Shelter, which won 1st prize for Emerging Narratives at the very competitive IFP Market, A Special Jury Award at Cinequest, the Grand Jury Award and Audience Award, as well as Best Director and Best Actor at the Temecula Int’l Film Festival and was also an official selection at Slamdance and the HBO International Latino Film Festival amongst many others.

Anthony was also a producer and 2nd Unit camera-person on the IFC feature documentary, Paper Chasers, which chronicles the rise of entrepreneurship in the hip-hop music business and features an inside look at Ludacris’ self-engineered rise from obscurity to platinum recording artist. Directed by Digital Film guru, Maxie Collier, Paper Chasers premiered at the Tribeca Film festival and has since gone on to become an underground cult classic among a new wave of business-savvy hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs.

In the world of television, Anthony segment-produced episodes of the MTV reality show, Flipped as well as creating and producing various teen and kids shows for The Education Channel.

Through the years Anthony has organized numerous student film festivals and trained hundreds of aspiring guerrilla filmmakers for major institutions including New York University, New York City’s famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and Baltimore County Public Schools. Anthony is presently an Adjunct Instructor and the manager of the Film and TV Production Center at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts where he coordinates the technical training and production equipment for all film and tv students. He remains an active guerrilla filmmaker, educator and “artrepreneur”.

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