Pictures IRL: Documentary Workshop

Pictures IRL: Documentary Workshop

This four week documentary filmmaking course is aimed at people who have creative practices in fields other than filmmaking.

The course will provide practical advice on how to go about producing a short documentary work, or interview-based video content to create awareness around a social issue or creative project.

The delivery of the classes will be informal and conversational, we’ll learn through questioning and discussion. We encourage experienced filmmakers to attend and add to the knowledge available to be shared. We aim to create a friendly, gracious space where participants feel comfortable asking questions. We encourage people with specific documentary aims to attend as workshopping real projects in class will be an invaluable way to apply ideas about filmmaking.

Each class will consist of three elements, a theoretical kind of conceptual bit, a practical bit (we’ll shoot/light or edit something) and then we’ll watch a short doc (10-20 mins), and discuss it’s production with the filmmaker. A handout will be provided at each class that summarises the key learnings.

$10 koha to attend, proceeds go to Strange Haven. There’s no registration required, just turn up.
Classes run once a week on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00pm. The course consists of four classes:

Class One 09/05/17
Paper work: How do you plan a shoot? We break down the elements of a short documentary film. Discussion of interview editing and ethics.
Practical: Setting up and shooting an interview. We discuss and demonstrate camera, lighting and interview techniques.
Screening: The King (Audience choice short NZIFF 2016) followed by discussion with director Ursula Williams

Class Two 16/05/17
Paper work: What style of coverage does your subject suggest?
Practical: Camera placement and how it relates to different visual perspectives. 
Screening: Loading Doc Blood Sugar followed by discussion with director Joe Hitchcock (How does the subject suggest framing?)

Class Three 23/05/17
Paper work: Spotting things IRL that are cinematic. Discussion of direct cinema and other documentary modes.
Practical: B-roll coverage – how do you cover a happening or action visually? We’ll discuss formulating a plan for b-roll coverage and document someone carrying out a task. (This will basically be life drawing for documentary!)
Screening: TBC

Class Four 30/05/17
Paper work: Paper edits, how to cut your short documentary. Working with long interviews, planning your edit structure, quickly changing strategies.
Practical: Editing and Post Production
Screening: TBC

Luke McPake is the Visual Media Director at The Wireless and has taught Moving Image and Graphic Design at the School of Mediarts, WINTEC.

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