Explore how to shoot cinematic stories and how to get the most out of your footage in the edit room

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NOTE: This course will be held in a Live, Online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm ET

This 2-day course is for emerging documentary filmmakers and video professionals who want to explore the growing possibilities of shooting non-fiction stories with today’s most accessible, and increasingly capable, digital cinema cameras and learn the best practices for editing non-fiction projects to get the most out of your footage.

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The workshop will start with a technical overview of the latest DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, discussing the best settings, functions, and capabilities. It will then move on to discuss aesthetic considerations of shooting and editing including, composition, shot design, camera movement, and lens selection, as well as digital workflow, pulling selects, assembling sequences, and organizing your footage to work efficiently to tell a story in the editing phase.

We will screen scenes from successful, visually-based, nonfiction pieces, as well as view and critique our own dailies for feedback and discussion on how we might improve our shooting and editing approaches. Shooting scenarios we will discuss include talking head interviews, vérité situations, as well as designed, cinematic shots. These exercises will then be edited and critiqued in class.

Upon leaving the course, students will have gained new confidence in shooting and editing non-fiction projects, and have experienced the breadth of possibilities and benefits of choosing to tell their story with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras.

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NOTE: This course will be held in a Live, Online format using the Zoom Platform. Class meets Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm ET This 2-day course is for emerging documentary filmmakers…

Instructor: Tom Ryan

A New England-based editor and filmmaker, Tom has worked extensively in the worlds of commercial, corporate, and documentary film. He has freelanced in Production for over 9 years and is a co-founder of the Maine-based Production company, Tailwind Media. As an editor, his work in fiction and documentary film has been shown in numerous festivals. In addition to workshops, he currently teaches documentary film in the 30-Week Professional Certificate program at Maine Media College. Affiliated with MMW+C for over 6 years, Tom is passionate about teaching storytelling to students of all career paths and skill levels.