Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Jessica Dimmock: Storytelling Workshop from Stills to Motion
- Presented by:
- Jessica Dimmock
- Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
- March 26, 2016
- 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- $125. $99 for CPS Members.
- Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center
6060 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028
This workshop is designed around how to make the transition from stills to video. It is designed to be hands-on, interactive and instructional. You will learn how to start simply, and then how to move it into the next level. This was my path and I find it most helpful to demonstrate this with my work. Some of that comes from understanding that documentary footage no longer has to look like news coverage. It should be cinematic, beautiful, and experimental and have voice. In addition to the hands-on elements, we will view samples of my upcoming feature documentary, in which I employ two cameras so as to have cuts and edits often reserved for narrative work. We will also view samples from recent documentaries that stretch the boundaries of what documentaries mean. Students will leave feeling inspired and well prepared to move beyond stills and create motion. This is something ALL photographers can do!
What you will learn:
- Motion: How to start to incorporate motion into your video work.
- Camera choice: I began on the 5D. I have since graduated to the C100. Discussion of what elements I am looking for when I shoot video, and why this leads me to cameras like the C100.
- Story: Learn to unlcok the potential we have as visual storytellers to use a new medium if and when we want to. What stories lend themselves to video? What stories are better left to still imagery?
- Sound: The bane of my existence at first, and now one of my favorite parts of the workshop. Discussion includes the importance of XLR inputs and the importance of good quality sound.
- How to shoot for an editor: We will discuss the importance of storyboarding, shooting for coverage, and how to learn to provide the connective tissue that is so essential to video.
- Workflow: Discussion of how to organize and log footage
Director/Cinematographer Jessica Dimmock is the recipient of the 2014 Infinity Award for Photojournalist of The Year from the International Center of Photography and the 2013 World Press Photo top prize as the director and cinematographer of the web feature “Too Young To Wed.” In 2010, Dimmock won Kodak's Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for WITHOUT, which she also co-produced. The film received an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award. Jessica and co-director Christopher LaMarca were listed in filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2014. Their upcoming feature, the Pearl, is supported by the Sundance Documentary Film Program and the Ford Foundation and is edited by three-time academy award nominee Fiona Otway. Her clients include the United Nations, HBO, CNN, Showtime, Doctors Without Borders, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Discovery and Aperture.
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