Single Shot Cinema
Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
Run by the acclaimed Dutch/Indonesian documentary filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich (The Shape of the Moon), who is here for the 2008 "Visions of Nature, Voices of Nature," Environmental Film Festival, this one-day workshop will combine a theoretical overview of his acclaimed "Single Shot Cinema" method with a rare opportunity for hands-on exploration of the technique. The workshop is open to filmmakers at all levels (some camera experience strongly recommended).
Helmrich has spent years developing and mastering his "Single Shot Cinema," an approach built on the theories of film critic Andre Bazin, and rooted in an attempt to think in terms of camera movements instead of fixed frames. He is able to achieve low-key and low-cost effects with his mobile camera that would require elaborate and expensive dolly and crane setups if done Hollywood style. He has run several workshops introducing these techniques to filmmakers around the world, many of whom have used his approach in award-winning films. Below is a stunning example of his work.
As the name suggests, "Single Shot Cinema" is about capturing a moment in one shot, and about anticipating movement and action rather than shooting with an eye to cutting up movement. Participants in the workshop will be introduced to some of the ideas and techniques behind this extraordinary approach to documentary and feature filmmaking.
March 1st, 10am - 5pm
Franklin Templeton Building, Room 209, Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave. S., Saint Petersburg, FL 33711)
$125 for non-Eckerd participants, $75 for Eckerd College students (proceeds go to Mr. Helmrich) - cash or checks made out to Leonard Retel Helmrich (cash only on the day of or day prior to the workshop)
For more information or to register, contact: Nathan Andersen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-864-7551
Participation is limited to 25, and participants will be accepted (upon receipt of payment) on a first-come, first-served basis
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