Here at cinema5D we value the quality of education tremendously. Together with Philip Bloom and others I have given numerous of our three-day Filmmaking Masterclasses over the years (Majorca, Las Vegas, Key West), where participants make a film from beginning to end under our guidance. This year we are back at Wotton House in Surrey close to London Oct 27-29, end of next month (website/signup here!), a beautiful venue perfect for a practical shooting workshop. We take only a very limited number of participants (no more than between 20 and 30 maximum, with a teacher-student ratio of 6-1 or 7-1) to keep the quality high. Because of the time and effort it takes to put these together, we do only one per year now, which is why this is a really rare opportunity. Here’s Johnnie’s post about why you should join a Masterclass, and here’s Philip’s write-up about last year’s Masterclass including the finished films created during the workshop. This year’s focus: Photographers becoming Filmmakers With more and more photographers enquiring about workshops, we thought it’s time to tailor this year’s workshop around photographers who want to become more proficient in filmmaking. Starting with the concept and ending with the finished film, we guide the participants through all the hoops of filmmaking and focus particularly on the differences to photography. This is about corporate filmmaking under time pressure and with other constraints, just like a real “client job” in the real world. The finished piece will be a corporate film. Tutors Alongside Philip Bloom and me, I am very happy to have World Press Photo award winner Edmond Terakopian and Julian Wakefield with us as tutors as well. It’s a high-end tutor line-up which guarantees an unmatched level of experience and amount of professional perspectives among the teachers. The workshop agenda will be as follows. Day 1: THE BRIEF & PREPARING FOR THE SHOOT We start the workshop with an opening morning sessions by the lead tutors Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner, about various aspects dealing with the challenges of corporate filmmaking. We will also be joined by a leading photographer who has made the transition to video making. In this session we will cover the following topics to make you stand out and get that job! Pitching and budgeting jobs Hands-on experience on how to pitch and then budget for a shoot. What are good tips of differentiating your offer from your competitors? We will discuss accountability and transparency, as well as how to ensure that you get the job! Dealing with clients: So you got that job that you pitched for – now some hands-on tips on dealing with clients during pre-production, during shoots and post-production. How to keep your clients happy while not giving up your ideals and your creative vision. How to manage expectations and keeping them off your back particularly during shoots. We will also cover how to deal proactively with client expectations. A different kind of corporate film: Finally we will cover how to retain creativity in a field crowded with mediocrity. Some real world examples of corporate films that are less than usual, but more effective than others in gaining the audience’s attention. Day 1 Afternoon Session: In this session we will host rotating on-location mini workshops to the following topics, dealing with practical aspects of corporate filmmaking with The importance of telling a story through a sequence. Whilst much photography tells a lot of the story through one image in video you need many shots to fill time but each shot much count. In this session you will see a sequence being filmed lived with explanations as to the decisions being made. Using clean natural sound will also be highlighted in this. Setting up interviews – How do you technically set up an interview to get the best results? Camera angles, viewing directions, location, sound, and optionally added also movement and finally lighting for interviews. Interview techniques – A practical how to actually deal with your subject to make them feel most comfortable, i.e. getting the best out of them on camera. How to ask questions in order to get the right answers? How to guide an interview … and a lot more “soft skills”. Camera movement: A technical session on how to use sliders, gimbals and other camera movement equipment for greatest effect, particularly in constrained corporate environments. How to make a dull location and shot look interesting. End of classes and break for dinner. After dinner we will break into groups according to tutor’s assessments on who fits together. Then each group will get a “client brief” and the groups will start working on their scripts and concepts for the shoots. There will be some set stations for different aspects of the films, and every group will get to work with every tutor. DAY 2: THE SHOOT Actors, helping hands and extras will be on set who are playing the Employees, CEO and any other characters that may need to be in tour film. These actors have been instructed by the tutors before to play some “typical client roles”, so they will be similarly hard and easy to work with just like some clients. Each group rotates through each of these environments and gets to work with all the actors These are some ideas of the different stations (actual “stations” dependent on some other factors such as location and available actors): Interview with manager of hotel. B-roll of staff working in hotel Shoot b-roll exteriors of hotel and grounds. Each team member will be given one aspect to film, one doing timelapse, one doing architecture, one the garden etc. This is where every one can show their shooting skill in a limited amount of time without having to deal with others – yet still thinking of a general style in which the shots have to fit for the entire production. These can be real-life b-roll shots or timelapses, depending on what is needed by the film. In the evening, groups will start ingesting the footage of their shoots and organizing the edit, which will formally start on day 3. Wotton House, Surrey – The venue for the Filmmaking Masterclass London 2016. Day 3: EDITING The day will be spent editing with their main tutors on 1-2 edit stations. The main tutor will again act as the client and assess how close they stuck to the brief. There will be two different edits of the corporate film, a short and a long version. The exact length of these films will be determined by the “client tutors” at the beginning of the production. There will be some mini breakout workshops during the edit day to cover aspects of post production. Details for these will be provided a little later in time, but they will cover basic colour grading, some editing techniques and audio. After the deadline, there will be communal screening and feedback of the films, by all the tutors as well as the participants. We will talk about the challenges and learning experience of the workshop. After that, students and tutors will have an informal farewell evening together. You can book by clicking the banner below or here.Read more
Cine Summit is a free online filmmaking event, with its upcoming fifth iteration taking place from 1st – 2nd March and focusing particularly on aspects of directing. The argument for and against a formal education in order to pursue a career in our industry is the subject of a heated debate, with valid arguments for both sides. But despite the side of the fence you’re in, the opportunities to learn from other successful professionals through workshop events is always a good way to expand your knowledge and skills, and discover the different challenges facing the industry today outside of a classroom environment. Especially if they are free. One such initiative is filmmaker Aviv Vana’s Cine Summit. Now in its 5th iteration since 2014, this “2-day online Master Class” aims to bring some of the best professionals working in today’s filmmaking industry for a series of presentations on different aspects of their craft. While in the past Cine Summit has focused on cinematography, CS5 will concentrate specifically on directing, with presentations from 10 directors from the fields of narrative film, documentary and commercials. Below you can see “Nomads of Mongolia”, a piece by one of this year’s speakers, Brandon Li. Cine Summit 5 will take place from March 1st – 2nd, and all presentations will be free to watch while the event is live, after which you will be able to access all videos – also in audio form – as well as presentation slides and notes for a price. Lifetime access to the CS5 content is $97 until the end of the event, but goes up to $147 after that. This is also the price for the individual Cine Summit events that have taken place since 2014. Registration to Cine Summit 5 is open, and you can read more about it here. Have you taken part in any of the previous Cine Summit events? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
Renowned cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC has announced a filmmaking tour, The “Illumination Experience” that will give filmmakers the opportunity to gain insights and get hands-on experience in his own avant-garde approach to three-point lighting. cinema5D readers will get an exclusive $25 off on registration with voucher code “IETcinema5D”.Read more
A very special 3-day filmmaking workshop called “Woodclass” is coming up in August (15-18, including arrival day) in Germany, during which attendees will create an 10-minute-film following a given script. Tutors will be Sebastian Wiegärtner, Karl Krings, Lawrence Richards, Horst Herzog and myself. The event is co-hosted by AF Marcotec, one of Germany’s prime camera gear retailers, and filmmaker and well-known music producer Karl Krings.Read more
Jem Schofield who runs a successful blog about filmmaking called theC47 is teaming up with Josh Apter (post production) among others to hold a filmmaking Master Class on documentary in Manhattan, New York from August 6th to August 17th 2012. Here’s a brief description and if you want to know more check out their nice website at: thefilmmakersintensive.com This year’s program is designed specifically to allow each person that attends to learn true non-fiction, documentary filmmaking from some of the best documentary filmmakers in the industry. The program will include craft based training and Master Classes from world renowned documentary filmmakers such as Chuck Workman, Susan Froemke and David Zieff. All filmmakers whose body of work is not only widely recognized but also highly regarded. They have all taught their craft for many years and will bring their passion and knowledge of documentary filmmaking to the program.Read more
They’ve done it before and they’re doing it again: An ever evolving filmmaking workshop held by renown filmmakers Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner and Sebastian Wiegärtner When? It’s only about two weeks until the first Filmmaking Masterclass in 2012 is going to take place in Las Vegas and few days later in Key West, Florida. After that they’ll kick it again in June: Mallorca, Spain. What is it? The Filmmaking Masterclass is a unique kind of workshop. Three full days. Intensive hands-on shooting. Exclusive locations. You MAKE a film! The tutors will teach you the intricate details of practical shooting in a truly unique setting. It’s about getting the best out of your equipment, but especially developing your skills. It’s about techniques, which cannot be learned from a book or the Internet. Philip Bloom There is hardly anyone doing more camera workshops than Philip Bloom – he is constantly traveling the world, sharing his knowledge. So it is pretty remarkable Philip said of last year’s Majorca Masterclass, “Seriously best workshop ever. Theory, shooting and post. Had such fun. Thanks to everyone. Six great films!!”Read more
Well isn’t this something, a DSLR workshop in Vienna (among other cities), the hometwon of cinema5D. After we won the Oscar in 2008 the Austrian film scene is finally picking up the drive (we’re a little slow).Read more
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