4 Day Altamar Multimedia Training

How to become more effective visual storytellers?

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.



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)



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.

Legal considerations.

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?



The importance of team work and quality materials

Pre-editing & preparation: script, audio, visuals, narrative.

Postproduction workflow

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.

Key frames.

Working with audio. Voice over. Multi-camera techniques.

Taking risks

Sound media analysis.

Introduction to the physics and theory of audio


Clearing the recording: the equalization.

Improving the recording: compressors and normalization.

Audio effects.

Final mastering.

Color Postproduction

Camera settings

Color workflow


Understanding the Video Scopes.

Grading basis

Final rendering



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