First Step Filmmaking Workshop: Learn by Doing

250,00275,00

Level:
Beginner - No previous experience required
Language:
The course is taught in English
Dates:
Sat. TBD & Sun. TBD – 10:00 – 18:00
Sat. TBD & Sun. TBD – 10:00 – 18:00
Location:
Space Meduza, Skalitzer Strasse 80, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Contact:
alex@berlinfilmcommunity.com

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There is no better way to learn the basics of filmmaking than by actually doing it. In this very hands-on workshop I will teach you the basics of filmmaking in the most effective and fun way possible, by actually getting your hands dirty making a short film. You will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking by going through the entire process, while performing various roles on set such as camera operator, lighting technician and production sound recorder.

This workshop will have a very limited class size of 8 people to ensure that everyone gets the personal attention that learning so much information requires, as well as to allow for a decent amount of time so that you can try each of the different roles. I have tailored this course to make it flexible enough to accommodate people with absolutely zero experience as well as for people who have done a bit of filming. This 4 day workshop is different from my 2 day workshop, the First Step Filmmaking Workshop: Make Your Own Film,as it goes deeper into additional aspects of filmmaking, such as lighting and sound, which were left out of the previous workshop due to time constraints.

To be able to effectively get through the monumental task of making a short film in 4 days we will be working from a prepared script that is very short and simple to shoot. This will allow everyone the ability to work with camera, play with the lighting and get a grounding in the way a set works.

All the equipment will be provided, as well as all actors necessary for the short we will shoot. I will also have a sound person on set when we are shooting so you can learn from a professional sound person how to get the best sound.

For the final day where we edit the footage you must bring your own laptop that is capable of editing. I will send you links to free ediitng software that you can download before the final day.

If you have any questions, don’t hestitate to reach out to me at alex@berlinfilmcommunity.com.

Story - Putting pen to the page

Story is the bedrock of any short film. If you don’t have a good story, no amount of dazzling visuals or great editing will save you. I will teach you the basics of how to write an engaging story, which we will see in action as we review our already prepared script. We will plan out our shoot using a shot list and storyboards that we will create together.

Camerawork - Telling the story visually

Camerawork theory and tools will help us translate the written word into a visual story using building blocks, such as composition, shot size, blocking, camera movement, and shooting for the edit. We will use this knowledge to break down our script into the different shots that best tell our story.

Lighting - Directing the attention and setting the mood

Lighting is an integral aspect of filmmaking that conveys emotion and mood and can direct the eye of the viewer. I will cover the basics of lighting theory and practice and specifically tailor the information to give us options to light for our script as effectively as possible, using the equipment which we will have on hand. 

Sound - The unsung hero of film

Sound is often overlooked by beginning filmmakers, but poorly recorded sound is something which audiences will not tolerate. Recording good sound is extremely important, and in my opinion even more important than the image. I will teach you the basics of how to record clean sound including some theory behind sound recording. On the day of the shoot we will have a professional location sound recordist on hand to help make sure we are getting good sound as well as to answer questions that they are uniquely, and more so than I am, qualified to answer.

Editing - The final draft of the script

Editing is where all the magic comes together. Once the shoot is complete everyone will receive all the footage and audio files. I will guide you through a bit of editing techniques, showing you in real time how I would begin the edit. You will then get a chance to edit the footage according to your own personal taste and we will see how different the films end up based on individual preferences at the screening at the very end of the workshop.

Story – PUTTING PEN TO THE PAGE

Story is the bedrock of any short film. If you don’t have a good story, no amount of dazzling visuals or great editing will save you. I will teach you the basics of how to write an engaging story, which we will see in action as we review our already prepared script. We will plan out our shoot using a shot list and storyboards that we will create together.

Camerawork – Telling the story visually

Camerawork theory and tools will help us translate the written word into a visual story using building blocks, such as composition, shot size, blocking, camera movement, and shooting for the edit. We will use this knowledge to break down our script into the different shots that best tell our story.

 

Lighting – Directing the attention and setting the mood

Lighting is an integral aspect of filmmaking that conveys emotion and mood and can direct the eye of the viewer. I will cover the basics of lighting theory and practice and specifically tailor the information to give us options to light for our script as effectively as possible, using the equipment which we will have on hand. 

 

Sound – The unsung hero of film

Sound is often overlooked by beginning filmmakers, but poorly recorded sound is something which audiences will not tolerate. Recording good sound is extremely important, and in my opinion even more important than the image. I will teach you the basics of how to record clean sound including some theory behind sound recording. On the day of the shoot we will have a professional location sound recordist on hand to help make sure we are getting good sound as well as to answer questions that they are uniquely, and more so than I am, qualified to answer.

 

Editing – The final draft of the script

Editing is where all the magic comes together. Once the shoot is complete everyone will receive all the footage and audio files. I will guide you through a bit of editing techniques, showing you in real time how I would begin the edit. You will then get a chance to edit the footage according to your own personal taste and we will see how different the films end up based on individual preferences at the screening at the very end of the workshop.

 

Requirements

No previous filmmaking experience is required and you do not need to bring any of your own camera equipment, though feel free to bring it along. What you do need to bring with you is is a laptop that is capable of editing to the last day of the workshop. For anyone who has never edited before or who has no editing software on their computer, I will provide a link to free to use editing software.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workshop, reach out to me at alex@berlinfilmcommunity.com.

Schedule

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Saturday Sep.  7th – 10:00 – 18:00

  • The basics of visual storytelling
  • How to use lighting to set a mood.
  • Camerawork on set
  • How to record audio
  • Q&A
Day 1

Saturday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • The basics of visual storytelling
  • How to use lighting to set a mood.
  • Camerawork on set
  • How to record audio
  • Q&A
Day 2

Sunday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Practical exercises using our camera, lighting and sound equipment
  • Creating a shot list, storyboarding, and camera diagrams
  • Lighting diagrams for the different scenes
  • Shooting plan for Day 3
  • Q&A
Day 3

Saturday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Shooting the script as a group
  • Everyone will perform all roles
Day 4

Sunday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Introduction to basic editing
  • How do you tell a story with editing?
  • Using music and sound effects in editing
  • Supervised practical exercise: Editing of our film
  • Reviewing the edits
  • Q&A

Schedule

Day 1:
Saturday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • The basics of visual storytelling
  • How to use lighting to set a mood.
  • Camerawork on set
  • How to record audio
  • Q&A

Day 2:
Sunday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Practical exercises using our camera, lighting and sound equipment
  • Creating a shot list, storyboarding, and camera diagrams
  • Lighting diagrams for the different scenes
  • Shooting plan for Day 3
  • Q&A

Day 3:
Saturday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Shooting the script as a group
  • Everyone will perform all roles

Day 4:
Sunday TBD – 10:00 – 18:00

  • Introduction to basic editing
  • How do you tell a story with editing?
  • Using music and sound effects in editing
  • Supervised practical exercise: Editing of our film
  • Reviewing the edits
  • Q&A

About the Workshop Leader

Hi, I’m Alex DePew and I will be your guide on this filmmaking adventure. I have been working in the film industry for over 14 years and have led many filmmaking workshops. I absolutely love teaching beginners the ropes. I get tons of joy when I see someone light up as they make a connections between what I am teaching and something they have seen in a movie. And when they apply that to their own film it is a thing of beauty.

I am a Cinematographer and Gaffer working primarily on short films, music videos, and commercials. For the 12 years before coming to Berlin I worked on both large and small sets in various roles. I have worked with all kinds of cameras from old school 16mm film cameras up to the Alexa Mini and I have worked on the lighting for no-budget shorts, up through high budget ad campaigns. I grew up in New York City and got my start in film there. I worked my way up the ladder, first as a one-man-band, where I produced, shot and edited content for small commercial projects. Then eventually I moved onto larger commercials in the camera department as a camera assistant. After doing that for several years I moved to New Zealand and continued to work on ever larger projects including commercials for Samsung, New Balance, Corona, Adidas and a host of other large companies. All the time I was always working on the skills I would need to become a good Cinematographer by shooting shorts and helping directors realize their visions.

Together with Linda Paganelli, we run the Berlin Film Community, a community of filmmakers and people interested in film. We host events such as the Pitch & Planning Session and Drink, Watch, Talk. We are nearly 10,000 people strong at the time I’m writing this and I am very proud to be a leader of this community. Helping to teach as well as connect the next wave of filmmakers with each other so they can get their first films made is a great source of joy for me.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the workshop, reach out to me at alex@berlinfilmcommunity.com.