Before modern cinema, the term motion picture referred to tossing children's artwork out the car window. Toss your own film into the world with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for a three-hour workshop on DSLR videography for one (a $129 value)
- $89 for the above workshop for two (a $258 value)
- $195 for a six-week course on DSLR videography for one (up to a $395 value)
During a three-hour video workshop, groups of 12 students learn to use their own DSLR cameras to make short films. The class covers subjects such as basic cinematography techniques, how to expose shots, camera stabilization, and working with audio. Click here to view the workshop schedule.
During the six-week six-week course on DSLR filmmaking, photographer and cinematographer Greg Masuda takes a more in-depth look at all of the above techniques and expands into more advanced discussions of composition and movement in feature films and documentaries. Students also learn postproduction fundamentals by editing films with Final Cut Pro software. They'll practice all of their new skills during the final assignment: make a short film about a community organization. Students may acquire the recommended textbook, The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video by Tom Schroeppel, at Biz Books for $11. Class size is limited to 10, and groups meet on Thursdays, with sessions beginning October 18 and January 17; additional classes will be scheduled as needed.
Pull Focus Film School
Talented filmmakers at this film school teach courses that hinge on hands-on involvement. Single- and multi-session classes cover everything from screenwriting and editing to motion graphics, and venture beyond documentary making with lessons in drama and still photography. While practicing techniques and pole-vaulting on boom mics like the pros do, students use a combination of their own gear and gear they've rented from the school. In addition to firsthand filmmaking experience, documentary students get hands-on experience, partnering with community charities to create short films used for education, outreach, and fundraising.