All photographers and filmmakers, journalists, filmmakers interested in documentary work, photographers interested in learning how to transform shooting from DSLR stills to DSLR films.
This will be a hands-on workshop addressing the growing importance of multimedia productions as visual storytelling. The workshop requires active participation, with group discussions and editing of personal work. It will take you through the full step-by-step process of producing a multimedia production: including research, pre-production, production, editing and postproduction of a multimedia project, and through to the final publication and funding.
Multimedia production requires teamwork – we have therefore decided to do a group workshop, in order to fully impart and share the knowledge and personal experiences of each aspect of multimedia production.
Pep Bonet – Director, photographer, filmmaker
Pep will share his personal experience of transforming himself from photographer to filmmaker, and the challenges of combining both. He will share film techniques, logistics, equipment needed and the importance of knowing your story and editing the content.
José Bautista – Musician, sound recorder, multimedia editor
Jose will share his experience of recording sound during production, the importance of ambient sound and the concept of “visualising sound”. He will also talk about multimedia editing techniques and post-production.
Line Hadsbjerg – Producer, journalist and scriptwriter
Line will share the importance of research during the pre-production phase and the need to create a network and build trust with an individual or community in order to gain access and conduct authentic interviews. She will talk about creating a script and the importance of funding and presentation.
Pep Bonet uses Nikon DSLR’s, lenses and accessories for his productions, but the workshop is also open for people using different brands.
The workshop will also deal with the minimum equipment needed to record video and audio, focusing on the operational and practical use of these tools to obtain the maximum performance for your productions, for further editing and postproduction, using the appropriate software.
- DAY 1: PRE-PRODUCTION
The team will introduce examples of multimedia productions by world-leading photographers, filmmakers and agencies. The importance of motivation, goals, ethics, subjectivity and planning of logistics. Viewing and analysis of your own multimedia projects Each participant will have the opportunity of presenting their own work, receiving feedback and advise. If participants do not have a project, this time will be used to learn from the work of other participants.
There is no requirement as to which stage the project is in.
No need for Hollywood!
Creating high quality productions with a small budget.
Introduction to pre-production and planning of a multimedia project.
Defining your objectives.
Building a network and gaining access to the subject.
Logistics and equipment (film, photography and audio)
- DAY 2: PRODUCTION
Mixing medias – When do you shoot pictures and when do you shoot film?
Technical training – optimising the gear.
Filming techniques – shoot type, angles and camera movement, subjectivity, approach, composition, cinema
Theory and Application
Capture and codification of digital video for best results
File formats, ratio aspect, codec’s, DSLR video camera principles: camera operation.
“Shoot for editing”.
Reading histogram and exposure simulation, zebras, and focus
The importance of good sound, ambient, interviews, etc
Introduction to microphony and sound equipment
Indoor and outdoor audio recording.
Looking for sound sources and adapting them to your project.
Looking for the right soundtrack.
Logistics and human approach, believe in what you see Gaining access to communities: Access to local knowledge, fixers, logistics. Continuity and narrative rhythm Importance of working as a team
Understanding the subject.
Overcoming access barriers: Language, culture, gender, religion, preconceived ideas.
When to go alone, when to go as a team?
- DAY 3: POST PRODUCTION
The importance of team work and quality materials
Pre-editing & preparation: script, audio, visuals, narrative.
Software and hardware resources
Understanding a Non Linear Editing software (Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro) Creating the Project.
Basic editing tools and putting it all together.
The art of cutting.
Transitions, effects, blend modes.
Working with audio. Voice over. Multi-camera techniques.
Sound media analysis.
Introduction to the physics and theory of audio
Clearing the recording: the equalization.
Improving the recording: compressors and normalization.
Understanding the Video Scopes.
- DAY 4: PUBLISHING & YOUR WORK IN ACTION
Funding and funding channels (crowd funding, grant applications, companies)
Creating a budget – realistic expectations
Presentation and creating a narrative around you and your project
Deciding where you stand in your personal project, motivation and exposure
Finding the right partner
Where are your strengths, where do you need more input?
Plan of action for individual projects
Distribution, TV, web