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5-Day / 2-Week Filmmaking Workshop

The Light & Shadow Filmmaking Workshop is for filmmakers looking to tell quality stories without a big budget or crew. The intensive hands-on experience will teach you simple, fast and effective techniques.

We are looking to demystify the filmmaking process. Too many people leave workshops with nothing but theory. We believe you learn more in the field than you do in the classroom. Our workshop puts the equipment in your hands.

Our students go through all the major stages of professional filmmaking. You will learn scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, lighting and editing, by completing a film in five days. You will be shooting in real-world situations, creatively learning how to make quality and cost-effective films.

For students of the 2-week workshop, they will be creating their own films in the second week.

Curriculum

Our Digital Filmmaking Workshop is designed to take our participants through all major stages of professional filmmaking, providing them with the skills and perspective necessary to work in the industry.

 

I. Script Writing 
• Story Conception 
• Character Development 
• Script Structure 
• Script Formatting

II. Directing 
• Telling a Story through Image and Sound 
• Directing Professional Actors 
• Staging the Scene 
• Directing the Camera 

III. Camera & Lighting
• Creating Mood and Atmosphere 
• Controlling Quality of Light 
• Camera Angles, Lenses & Movements 
• Shooting & Lighting Tips & Tricks

IV. Editing 
• Introduction to Professional Editing Software (Final Cut Pro) 
• Telling a Story through Editing 
• Creating Pace and Rhythm 
• Exporting Media

Schedule *

First Week: Lectures & Excercises

  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am:  Course Overview and Script Development  
    How to develop ideas into a script, creating great characters, structure, and the art of pitching

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm:  Lighting & Camera Workshop I

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm:    Pre-Production & Script Breakdown
    Designing shots, casting talent, and scheduling shoots in accord with locations and actors

DAY 1

  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am:  Directing I
    Directing camera and actors, creating a storyboard, and visualizing the script

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm:  Lighting & Camera Workshop II

  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm:    Rehearsal & Visualizing the Scene
    Staging scenes, blocking actors, and choosing camera positions

DAY 2

DAY 3

  • 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Directing II
    Directing techniques, managing crew, creating your own visual style

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:Lunch Break 

  • 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Shooting I
     Final blocking, setting up lights/camera/
    sound, and shooting all master shots

DAY 4

  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm: Shooting II
    Shooting coverage and reverse shots, adjust lighting for close-ups

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break 

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:   Shooting II cont.

      Shooting inserts, and close-ups

DAY 5

  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm: Editing I
    Digitizing and logging footage, learning editing techniques, Final Cut Pro, and start editing film

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break 

  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm:   Editing II and Review
    Editing final cut, screening of film, wrap up with review, and filmmaking tips and tricks

Second Week: Production

The second week of the workshop is for the students to put their knowledge and sharpened techniques to test. They will produce, shoot, direct and edit their own films, as well as working on other students' films under the supervision of the instructor

*First week schedule is the same for both workshops.

**Schedule is subject to change