I am an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn. I have been teaching film directing for the last 17 years. I hold a masters degree from UCLA School of Film and Television. I am one of the most respecte film directing teachers in New York.
I am also a fantastic roller skater, skier and photographer.
I have been known to help students think outside of the box.
Please see what my students are saying about me at https://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=646089
Here's an article written about my friendship with Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ray-manzarek-a-tribute-to_b_3478557
I was chosen as one of the 15 most notable art professors in NYC: https://www.theartcareerproject.com/15-notable-art-professors-new-york-city/
When you see the light bulb going off in the minds of your students.
Billy really goes above and beyond to help you out and give you perspective on what you’re doing. His feedback is always genuine and thought provoking and really goes a long way in helping you.
William Tyler Smith (Billy) was my directing instructor at New York Film Academy. The best thing about him is that he never dissed an idea. He listened to all our ideas and gave us constructive feedback. He let us make the kind of films we wanted to!
Passion, clarity, simplicity and technique. He is a gifted professor. Never had better tutor.
He keeps you engaged in the material you’re learning while also challenging you to find your individual voice. Of all the teachers I’ve ever had be was by far the most passionate and invested in my film education. He kept me motivated and excited for more while remembering to laugh and enjoy it. And most importantly he isn’t shy about pushing you to do more and be better. I couldn’t say enough positive about him as a person and a teacher. All around great guy.
This depends on each student and their needs.
MFA, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
17 years of teaching film directing.
Independent filmmaker who has directed 5 feature films. Has directed in many genres such as fiction, documentary, reality tv, and experimental. I have also done professional photography shoots.
I usually charge $50-75/hour for my services but I am willing to negotiate.
I started teaching at UCLA Graduate Film School. I love making films and teaching at the same time. I love the fact that I am helping to raise the next generation of visual storytellers.
I have worked with students from virtually every country in the world, ranging from ages 13 - 75 years old.
I am well-educated and very international in my approach to life and filmmaking.