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Smartphone Filmmaking: A 2-Part Workshop


Feb 8–15, 2022


Member: $85.00

Standard: $95.00

Capturing video footage on a smartphone

Learn the basics of visual storytelling with Claude Kerven and make a short film, using only a smartphone and your imagination.

Claude Kerven says you already have inside you everything you need to succeed at the art of visual storytelling.

The world of film and television was dramatically impacted last year by the pandemic. Suddenly, working alone was not only more practical, it was critically important to everyone's safety. That meant that we could no longer take for granted all the tools normally at our disposal, and we were left to our own devices—literally.

But here's the silver lining: These limitations reminded us that special effects, advanced-editing software, and big budgets are not necessary to tell a great story. All you need is a smartphone.

In this 2-part Teachers Studio, Emmy-award winning director Claude Kerven demystifies the process of telling stories visually and helps you translate your ideas into expressive and eloquent images. With nothing more than a smartphone and your own creativity, you learn to:

  • Use basic visual storytelling techniques that can be applied to working with any camera
  • Create films that move people in profound and meaningful ways
  • Shoot your own short film of no more than 3 minutes

In the first studio class, Claude coaches you through the process and answers your questions. One week later, you have the opportunity to screen your film and receive feedback. Claude will also have an experienced film composer on board to offer suggestions about music and sound effects.

No filmmaking experience is required. Bring a smartphone (or any simple camera).

Join live on Tuesday, February 8 and Tuesday, February 15, 6:00-8:30 p.m. EST (3:00-5:30 p.m. PST). For registered participants, this class will be available on demand through April 16.

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Feb 8–15, 2022

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