Cinematic Documentary Workshop Intensive - Example Films

Documentary class Melbourne-1  

Hands on Filming

The three day Advanced Cinematic Documentary Intensive is a fantastic opportunity to apply all the theory you have been learning on-line.

You get hands on in the shooting of a film and you end up with a video  you can put on your reel. Each class is limited in size and generally has between 4-6 attendees.  This means it  is very hands on and you get 1-2-1 tuition from Den

Each film is completed in only 3 days from scratch.

If you have bee struggling with any aspect of the production process then there is no better way to overcome that hurdle than by joining me and a very small group of committed film makers in a workshop.

The whole class is dedicated to showing you a sytemised approach, a layered process that will allow you to deliver consistent quality films every time - regardless of the topic, location and subject matter


Examples Film #1 - London Class - I Am Film Maker


Examples Film #2 - Melbourne Class - Anthony Breslin/Artist


Example Film #3 - London - Marlon Bennett/Breakdancer


Example Film #4 - London - Bill Robinson/Photographer


Class Structure

Day 1 is Pre production planning and production Day 2 is Post production - Ingest- Reviews - Sub clipping - Offline edit and rough cut Day 3 is Finishing - Fine Cut - Music selection - Music and sound mix - Grading - exporting and review

For Next Class Full Syllabus can be found here


Course details:

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.

Here are some other example films created at previous classes:

This is a three day class where you learn AND create content for your reel:

Here are some areas we'll cover on day 1:

Practical gear Considerations

* Rigging your camera for optimum shooting * Sound recording- choosing the right microphone combination * Shooting with prime lenses * Cinematic movement and support * How to cheat - visually * packing for travel - what is essential and what you can leave behind * Techniques for getting more gear on a plane than your allowance (legally) * Power solutions * Video Monitoring * Lighting gear for Documentary

Shooting approach and technique

* Where to start as a producer/director/shooter * How and when to ask the questions * What two you ask to capture all the narrative components * Managing the client and their expectations * What to do when things go wrong * shot composition and sequence building * Practical sessions

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Den Showing Haskell Wexler, ASC about the Sony FS100

Here are some areas we'll cover on day 2:

Timed Location shooting exercise - aimed at developing your on location decision making

* To light or not to light that is the question? * Positioning yourself to maximise light on location * Thinking in sequences - shooting the detail * Transition shots and b-roll * Interview on the run * Setting and recording great audio * Asking the right questions and how to get story from your subject * How to know when you have enough?

Ingest & Review

* Group review and critique * What worked? * What didn't work and why * Review of day's shooting and lessons learned

Here are some areas we'll cover on day 3:

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

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