Ever wanted to learn about filmmaking with a group of likewise enthusiastic but inexperienced folks? Absolute Beginners is a perfect place to learn the basics about filmmaking in a supportive educational atmosphere from an experienced filmmaker. Bryan Skinner returns to present another instalment of this essential hands-on workshop.
Day One we will be learning about film set terminology, set roles, and some safety. Then we will break out the sound gear and learn about where to point a mic or pin a lavaliere to record dialogue.
Day Two is "Lights, Camera, Action!" Day. We start by learning to basics about lighting techniques, and then break out a lighting kit. After lunch, we focus on cameras with some theory and hands on work.
Day Three we reconvene to talk about how to produce a small project and direction. We will look at production design and scheduling, and script breakdown. We will discuss story boarding and shot lists. A local actor will come in for the last hour for a discussion about the craft of acting and how directors can assist with performance. One scene scripts will be distributed for homework to implement the concepts learned that day.
Day Four is "Game Day". It all comes together as we use the sound, lighting, and camera to shoot a small scene with two actors. We will be swapping so that everyone gets to try a variety of different roles. A final edit will be posted for the class to view their work.
Bryan Skinner is a graduate of Vancouver Film School, a producer, director, and editor with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of film and video production. His award winning films have screened internationally.