NOTE: This 3 day Advanced Documentary shooting workshop is Limited to 6 attendees to maximise the small group learning
Advanced Cinematic Documentary Shooting - 3 day class, Stockholm, Sweden
As clients become more savvy and expect more polished corporate films, shooting cinematic Documentary is a high impact style and can be achieved without huge production costs. Perhaps you are a shooting producer keen to build on your skills. Either way you can produce a cinema experience with minimal crew.
You can also do it quickly if you are nimble and have the right shooting set up.
Den Lennie stared his career in TV news and he attributes much of his current shooting style and success to that base training. "news training taught me the importance of making quick decisions and working fast. Also to think in terms of editorial and visual storytelling. When you work in news you never have any time - so when you get the opportunity to set up a shot you work twice as fast as anyone else, and you understand light because you have likely filmed in so many different environments."
This event will be an intensive and practical 3 day shooting production class and will cover Lighting, sound, shooting and editorial decision making. Book here to secure your place
Advanced Cinematic Documentary shooting is a focused class on how to achieve high production value while shooting on large format camcorders that don't at first look seem suited to this style of shooting. Collectively during the 3 days we will make and edit a short documentary film.
This is a hands on practical class where you will shoot under the guidance of Den Lennie. You will be able to ask any questions that you have about how to marry the technical, aesthetic and editorial components that go into documentary film making that apply to corporate film making.
Den's method of teaching is all about hands on and interactive- this is as close to 1-2-1 mentoring as it gets. With this in mind he encourages you to bring your shooting gear and together you will work on your own set up and technique.
Location: 24/7 Studios Borgvägen 3, BOX 272 65, 102 53 Stockholm
This workshop is being supported and hosted by our Sponsor:
Here is the finished edit from the recent LA Class:
This is a three day class where you learn AND create content for your reel:
Practical gear Considerations
Shooting approach and technique
Timed Location shooting exercise - aimed at developing your on location decision making
Ingest & Review
Post production on the run
I edit the documentary live in real time using FCP X. We collectively make editorial decisions and form the narrative based on interview answers. We focus on crafting a narrative first with the audio and then paint the B-roll to build the edit. We will then work with the color grading tools in FCPX to correct and balance the edit.
- Ingest and manage multiple media formats
- Organise and keyword clips
- Using interview, edit audio to create storyline
- Build narrative structure
- Select and edit B-Roll into sequence
- trimming for time and pace
- Review and mix audio
- Title sand graphics
- Finish and export
N.B - If you are a European and VAT registered then all you have to do is send us a copy of your company letterhead showing you VAT NR and email it to office(at)fstopacademy.com and we will send you a payment request without VAT applied (unfortunately our shopping cart adds VAT automatically)
Here's what recent attendes of this class had to say:
And there's more:
In addition we will review actual case studies from client projects I have produced. The Business side is vital and there are techniques we emply when preparing proposals and quotes to ensure we factor in all of our costs. We will be exploring this also.
- How to charge & factoring in enough billable time
- where to make additional margin
- additional assets/value you can negotiate with
- maintaining your relationships- valu added customer service
- How to be a brilliant producer so you make money and your clients won't go anywhere else.
Case Study 1 - 90 minute training DVD for Sony
7 shoot days, crew of 2, 15 edit days for whole project (below is the trailer)
Case Study 2 - 3 minute spec shoot for Blackmagic Camera
1 shoot day (3 hrs) crew of 1, 2 edit days(including grade)
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"thanks again for a great Cinema Workshop at Zacuto Studio's in Chicago. I learned alot and it was fantastic to finally meet you in person along with several of my peers. I think giving us all a chance to struggle a bit setting up our lighting before coming to help us fix and tweak was a great way for all of us learn. Prior to the workshop, I had not been statisfied with my backlight setups for hair and shoulder lighting and when you helped with my setup it cleared up my issues realtive to backlighting. Turns out I was thinking too small in terms of how far back to move the backlight from the talent. When Craig, Stu and I setup the last lighting set for Randy's interview on the second day and I immediately realized we needed to pull our backlight farther behind Randy based on my learning the day before when we set up Craig's interview. I felt like Randy's interview was like a final exam for us. Since we our key light was coming from the window with a reflector fill, we did not have time get you and had to shoot the video after the lighting setup. I though the result of Randy's interview looked pretty good...nothing like doing it to reinforce the learning.
Really enjoyalbe to collaborate with my peers on the project. The group was so diverse that the range of ideas was excellent. Would enjoy working with all the folks again in the future.
Having full access to the Zacuto studio was a "10" deal, really fantastic! Randy and I compare notes frequently on just how fantastic the workshop was! It has made a lasting impression on all of us.
Michael Toffan, Cincinatti,OH
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"Thanks a lot for a great workshop! I really enjoyed it.
I felt that I learned a lot from participating in such a relevant process. Rarely one gets to observe professionals at all stages of a process, and at the same time get hands-on and ask questions. This workshop really boost my confidence - I feel better equipped to carry out similar projects in the future. "
Sølve Huse-Amundsen, Oslo Norway
" thoroughly enjoyed the Masterclass and wanted to do it all over again when it came to an end!
All the contributors had invaluable knowledge to impart as well as being honest and good fun to talk to. I found the price of the course to be an investment rather than a cost, because what I learned could be translated straight into my work.
Thank you F-Stop Academy for a fantastic experience and I look forward working with you again!"
Daniel Nakamura-Craig, UK
"This is the right place for you if you want to increase your knowledge in this industry.
I have completed the video masterclass 2011 and found it really interesting, you learn really good techniques from well experienced people."
Franklin Cachia, Malta
"Following last weeks Masterclass with Den. I just wanted to offer a huge thanks and say how much I enjoyed the four day Masterclass course. It was so interesting and informative and at times really hard work (enjoyable) particularly on the day of the shoot. That day was a real eye opener to see how well the professionals work together to produce a stunning music video of Kelly Waters.
I took a lot away with me, I am hoping that I can use that valuable experience in improving my own film making capabilities."
Andy Demetriou, Broxbourne, UK
"I have really used the knowledge I have gained from this workshop to my advantage in projects that I have been working on since attending. I think one of the key take aways for me has been to "simplify" my lighting setups. Not only has it given me better images, but has also dramatically reduced my set up time.
I also really appreciate the attention to detail you gave all of us, and the quality time we had with you. The beer and pizza in the evenings was also a great time....the learning never ended :)"
Clint Regehr, Frisco, TX
"The course was a fantastic opportunity to see professional filmmaking up close and it represents an important milestone in my film making career."
Paul Welton, Hertfordshire, UK
"Thanks Den and thanks to the group, Sergio, Craig, Stuart and my buddy Mike. The experience was fantastic and I am working with more confidence applying the learned techniques. Looking forward to the next opportunity to advance my skill-set.
Also, thanks to Rachel, Steve and Jens of Zacuto!! Just a great community!"
Randy Noland, Mayseville,KT
"This is awesome. From the bottom of my heart I have to say this was one of my favorite learning experiences, the group of people was awesome and diverse so we got to learn not only from Den, who as everyone in this industry knows is very hands on and just great, but I also learned from everyone the group..."
Sergio Pizzolante, Miami,FL
"Den, thank you for a fantastic workshop...the experience was incredible! There is no substitute for hands on training in a small group like this. I was able to resolve a number of lighting issues that I had been struggling to improve on my own. The improvement in my lighting technique since the workshop is very apparent and I look forward to future lessons.
Clint, Sergio, Craig and Stuart great to meet each of you and a bonus working with all of you. Let's be sure to keep in contact. Randy always great collaborating with you in the Cincinnati area and it was an added bonus to collaborate during the workshop."
Mike Toffan, Cincinnatti,OH