WORKSHOPS

Teaching the art of filmmaking to individuals, companies and organizations seeking to learn or improve their craft of creating authentic films

 
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THE WHAT AND THE HOW

You don't need to go to filmschool to learn how to make films.

The magic of film creation can be experienced and mastered by anyone who has the curiosity to learn something new and the willingness to practice. Films can be used in endless ways to reach your desired audience emotionally and/or intellectually. 

For me, film is about getting a message across while setting up a creative process to do so in the most enjoyable way. The message is being put in an envelope, let's call it the "story", and being send off in the hope that the person who receives it can relate, understand and feel.

Before creating a film first and foremost the essence of two key questions need to be understood leading to the two main principles of filmmaking. 

1. WHAT do you want to tell?

The first question is leading to the semantics - the content - the story. This is a highly creative process and it does not require any understanding of the technical aspects of film. The only thing that counts is what's on your heart or mind and needs to be expressed. You can totally learn how to tell a story in the most mesmerizing ways without ever touching a camera and maybe that's what you want. The WHAT is priority and clarity in its answer is required to move to...

2. HOW can this be told?

The second question is leading to the syntax - the structure - the style. Just imagine the WHAT as a picture - the HOW then is the frame of it. You can have the most beautiful image yet an ugly frame will mess it up. The frame is just as important for the overall impression of the artwork yet it always serves the picture itself. 

The HOW is serving the WHAT. 

Knowing what you want to tell you can now explore the question of how this can be told in the most effective way. This is the technical side of filmmaking. It's about creating a unique and memorable style. It's about the camera, lighting, sound and on how these fields relate to each other. 

The WHAT is the heart, the soul. The HOW is the body, the spine. 

My approach of teaching filmography is a breakdown of the WHAT and the HOW into sub-themes and modules. 
These modules then are being taught in group workshops and/or 1 on 1 coaching (online or in person in Berlin). 

On request it is sometimes possible to join us in the field on an actual production for further understanding of shooting dynamics. 

 

MODULES

Learn all about film in these different modules on the WHAT and HOW through preproduction, production and postproduction

 

PREPRODUCTION

Before the shoot 

CONCEPT & SCRIPT

  • Working out an idea into a solid story

  • Learning the basics of screenwriting 

  • Learning how to make a story exciting from the very first moment and ending it with a wow effect

  • Working out an unique audio-visual design

  • Defining the main target group of your desired audience

  • Defining the main goal of the film if there is any

LOCATION & TALENT SCOUTING

  • Finding the right shooting locations for your film

  • Finding the right actors/talents for your film 

  • Learning how to get family/friends involved in the best way on low budget projects

SHOT LIST & SHOOTING PREP

  • Creating a shot list for your script 

  • Understanding which equipment would work best for the shoot

  • Preparing the film equipment 

 

PRODUCTION

The shoot

CAMERAS & THE IMAGE

  • Understanding what an image actually is 

  • Understanding how moving images turn out as film 

  • Learning about camera aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how these relate to each other 

  • Learning about white balance 

  • Learning how to expose the image/film correctly

  • Learning about framing

  • Learning about the different types of cameras, how to choose the right one and how to get the most out of it

LENSES & THE FRAME

  • Understanding the differences of zoom and prime lenses and the benefits of each

  • Understanding the differences of focal lengths and apertures and how these effect the image

  • Learning about the different types and brands of lenses and how to choose the right one

MICS & THE SOUND

  • Understanding why the quality of the sound is prior to the quality of the image

  • Learning about the different types of microphones 

  • Learning to choose the right mic for the right shooting situation

  • Learning how to use field recorders

LIGHTS & LIGHTING

  • Understanding the importance of light in the creation of the image

  • Learning about the difference between soft and hash light 

  • Learning about different light temperatures 

  • Learning about the different types of light

  • Learning to choose the right type of light for the right shooting situation 

  • Learning about the different types of lighting a person and how to choose the right one for your project

  • Learning how to light a scene 

  • Learning how to block light or reflect light 

  • Learning how to utilize available/natural light in the best way 

CAMERA SUPPORT SYSTEMS & CAMERA MOVEMENT

  • Understanding what camera support systems are intended to do and when to use camera movement

  • Learning about the different types of camera support systems and how to choose the right one

  • Learning how to use an EasyRig

  • Learning how to calibrate and use an electronic camera gimbal

  • Learning how to calibrate and use a steadycam

  • Learning how to use camera dollies and camera sliders

  • Learning how to shoot a hyperlapse by using an electronic slider system

DRONES & THE BIRD'S EYE VIEW

  • Understanding when a drone shot is useful and when not

  • Learning about the different types of drones and how to choose the right one

  • Learning how to fly a drone 

  • Learning how to shoot basic drone footage 

  • Learning how to shoot more complex flight maneuvers

  • Learning how to shoot with automated object follow up modes

DIRECTING ACTORS

  • Understanding the essence of direction 

  • Learning how to direct actors

  • Learning what NOT to say or do to actors 

  • Learning how to direct friends/amateurs

HOW TO INTERVIEW

  • Understanding the social dynamics of an interview

  • Learning how to stay present to oneself and the conversation

  • Learning how to listen

  • Practicing the technique of "The Lion and the Camel" to understand the desired middle way of communication

  • Learning how to ask strong follow up questions

  • Learning how to direct the conversation in the desired direction

 

POSTPRODUCTION

After the shoot

MEDIA LIBRARY SYSTEM

  • Understanding the importance of an effective library and folder system

  • Learning how to setup the right library and folder system for ones needs

CHOOSING THE RIGHT MUSIC

  • Understanding the importance of the right music in film

  • Getting to know the different possibilities of choosing the right music 

  • Learning how to choose the right music

  • Learning about pacing, build ups and downs

FILM EDITING

  • Understanding the role of the film edit within the whole 

  • Getting to know the different options of film editing softwares 

  • Choosing the right film editing software

  • Possibility to learn how to use Final Cut Pro X

  • Learning how to use shortcuts for an effective workflow 

  • Understanding editing flow and learning how to create such 

  • Learning how to harmonize the image with the sound

  • Learning how to use effects and plugins

  • Learning how to create your own unique editing style

SOUND DESIGN & SOUND EDITING

  • Understanding sound design

  • Learning how to create sound design in the 3 fields of ambience, action and abstraction 

  • Learning how to edit the sounds and sound effects

  • Learning how to mix the sound of the film and balance them with the music for a harmonic soundscape

COLOR CORRECTION & COLOR GRADING

  • Understanding the importance of color

  • Understanding the difference of color correction and color grading

  • Learning how to correct the colors of the image

  • Learning how to create a unique, stylized color grade for the film

  • Learning how to use color grading tools and plugins 

  • Learning how to use LUTs

FINALIZATION

  • Learning how to add last creative touches and finalize the film

  • Learning about different export options and formats and how to choose the right one

FILM DISTRIBUTION / PUBLICATION

  • Learning about the different possibilities to distribute the film

  • Learning about the differences of video platforms and social media pages and understanding which ones best to use for the desired goal of the film ​

  • Creating the right distribution/publication path for the film

 

GET TO KNOW THE MAGIC OF FILM

 
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& BECOME WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF.

 

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