Documentaries bring awareness to real-life struggles, from the filming of a baby's first vanquished Rubik's cube to witnessing the world record for ketchup packets consumed in one hour. Hone foci on bona fide occurrences with today's Groupon: $79 for a one-day documentary workshop at Pull Focus (a $199 value) in Gastown.
During Pull Focus' six-hour workshops, experienced instructors lead classes of up to 16 people on camera theory, shot framing, narrative development, and mastering the manual focus. Novice celluloid jockeys learn about writing, producing, filming, and editing documentaries geared to portray stories of their communities, objectives of local charities, or real-time beard growth. Hands-on experience with advanced equipment and editing suites allows neophytes to germinate blueprints for longer documentary pieces. Workshop topics discuss visual and screen grammar, creative shot sequences, how to edit out pesky siblings, and necessary gear for continued shooting.
InFocus 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.
8-306 Abbott St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K9