This workshop aims to introduce industry professionals to the basics of creating an indie project, from script to production to distribution, and everything in between. Participants will be working in a hands-on environment to write, direct, edit and produce a short film.
Whether you are an actor, writer or director, succeeding in today’s industry often requires becoming a content creator. The advent of affordable equipment and the easy accessibility of self-distribution has made it easier than ever before for content creators, regardless of their background. With some training and a little hands-on experience, it is possible to dive in and create your own short film, or webisode; to create your own work opportunities.
Apply the concepts and techniques to produce a short film.Objectifs spécifiques :
- Describe the principles of development of a script;
- Distinguish the multiple aspects of pre-production of a short indie project;
- Interpret the technical aspects of basic camera, sound and lighting;
- Pratice producing an indie project;
- Employ the basics of editing and post-production;
- Identify opportunities for distribution and marketing of an indie project.
All applications must contain the requirements below
• Letter of intent
Applications must be sent to Julian Stamboulieh before February 7th, 5pm : email@example.com
All the applications will be reviewed by selection committee and only the successful candidates will be contacted before February 13th, 5pm (by email).
This workshop is open to all Mutuelle members. $450 to be paid upon acceptance.
Day 1 | Development and Creative Pre-Production
Description : Working off a rough draft script, workshop participants will learn the principles of script development as they cooperate on locking in a final draft of their short indie project.
• Script analysis/story editing
• Structuring a shot listing
• Casting a production
Day 2 | Pre-Production
Description : Workshop participants will learn how to plan their entire production with an aim of achieving the end goals they set for their short indie project.
• Introduction to the role of a producer
• What are the responsibilities of a film shoot’s many crew members?
• Budgeting / how to scale a production based on budget
• Choosing your crew
• Analyzing a script to create an equipment list
• Scheduling a shoot
• The “end game”: what is the film’s goal?
• Marketing w/ social media
Day 3 | Camera & Sound
• What are the components of a camera?
• What are the components of exposure (shutter speed, aperture, ISO)?
• How to choose your lenses
• Shooting formats (codecs, framerate, resolution)
• Camera peripherals (tripods, dollys/sliders, monitors)
• The importance of sound
• Microphones and other sound gear
• Steps to avoiding sound disasters (scouting, room tone, dulling noisy ambiance)
Day 4 | Lighting, Grip and Practice
• How does light work? How and why do light sources differ in quality?
• Ways to control the sun
• Diffusion, reflectors and modifiers
• Overview of lighting options
• Overview of grip equipment and safety
• Practicing exposure and composition
Day 5 & 6 | Production
Description : Workshop participants will rotate through various crew positions (director, camera, sound, etc.) as they collaborate on shooting the indie project they have developed in class. ACTRA will provide professional performers who will work for free on a Member Initiated Production Agreement.
Day 7 | Editing part 1
Description : Using the footage from the previous week’s shoot, workshop participants will learn how to edit, while editing their own version of the indie project they have been developing.
• Preparing footage and workflow
• Starting a new Premiere project
• Overview of layout
• Importing footage
• Sequences and the concept of non-destructive editing
• Overview of basic tools
• Cutting a sequence
Day 8 | Editing part 2
• Post-production safety tips
• Basic effects and transitions
• Audio syncing
• Audio editing & mixing
• Exporting a project (formats, resolution, bitrate)
• Post-mortem questions
• What choices did we make that simplified our process? What difficulties did we encounter in production or post-production that could have been avoided and how?
Must be working as a professional actor and a member of la Mutuelle.
• Letter of intent