Canon Live Learning Student Films: Deconstructing the Story Workshops

October 20, 2011

Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion, and & EOS HD was a three day workshop, developed and presented with Canon Live Learning and stillmotion.

On day one, students were immersed in the creative and technical essentials of telling a story, focusing on these crucial essentials: audio, lighting, movement, lens choice, storyboarding and editing.

Day two, students took their new skills and their actors out to the field with their storyboards and shot the day away, culminating in short films that students produced, shot, and edited in small groups, each accompanied by expert instructors.

On the last day, students learned the fundamentals of EOS HD workflow, editing, and color correction in post -- then used these tools to edit their stories into finished short films.

There was even a hidden challenge: Student crews not only had to master the production equipment and techniques they just learned -- they also had to incorporate a specific theme, a line of dialogue, and a prop into each short film:

The Theme: Second Chances

The Dialogue: "This can't be happening", or "Should we keep it?"

The Prop: A screwdriver

In addition to a variety of Canon EOS SLR cameras and EF lenses, the following companies provided equipment and other tools for the students to use: Cinevate, Kessler, Manfrotto, Shootsac, smallHD, Tiffen/Steadicam, With Etiquette, and Zacuto.

Want to learn more? Watch stillmotion's engaging tutorial series on EOS HD production and storytelling tips and techniques.

Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion, and & EOS HD may have ended, but check out the Canon Live Learning website for other hands-on classes, instructional seminars, and destination workshops offered all around the country.

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