Cinematic Documentary Storytelling Workshops

Making Good Stories Great!

Cinematic Storytelling is part of our DNA and understanding, unlocking its secrets is key to transforming an idea into a great piece of non-fiction drama. Whether you are a veteran documentary filmmaker or just getting started, the most important muscle you will continue to develop throughout your career is your Storytelling skills. In this one day seminar you will learn fast and efficient tools to improve your skills and elevate the quality of your films both editorially and visually. Do you have a good idea for a documentary and do not know what the story is or where to start? Emmy® award winning filmmaker Michael Jorgensen takes you through a step-by-step practical process from how to identify and focus your film to deciding where to put the camera. Regardless if you’re a producer, writer, editor, DOP or researcher, this session will provide you with the critical tools for making good stories great.

Calgary
November 17, 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room MD 206, SAIT
1301 – 16 Avenue NW
Edmonton
November 24, 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm
Room X107, NAIT
11762 – 106 Street

Cost
$50 AMPIA-DOC Alberta Members/$65 Non-members
NAIT/SAIT students receive free admission – registration is limited! (speak to your instructor about attending)

Please register by printing and filling out this form.

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Who should attend:
•    Producers
•    Writers
•    Directors
•    Editors
•    Cinematographers
•    Story Editors
•    Researchers
•    CGI Supervisors & Artists
•    Animators

Requirements: An idea you want to develop

Agenda:
•    Types of Non-Fiction Drama
•    Cinematic Storytelling
•    What kind of docs you should be making
•    What is a ‘story’
•    Process
•    ‘Quantum Story Equation’
•    Pushing the stakes
•    The active quest
•    Why the audience will care
•    Access and how to get it
•    Characters
•    Casting
•    Parallel development
•    Who is the storyteller
•    Focus
•    Structure
•    Turning Points
•    Aristotle removes the technology
•    Mining a story from research
•    POV narrative
•    Expeditions
•    Where to put the camera
•    Choosing a Visual Tone
•    Editorial Tone
•    ‘Entertainment’ is not a dirty word