Best Filmmaking Classes, Workshops in D.C.

March 17, 2014 9:00 AM

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Film is one of the most expressive and immediate forms of media around. Movies leave lasting images, memories, sounds and impressions that touch us, jar us, shake things up and linger in the mind. Our favorite scenes, one-liners and memorable characters become a part of who we are, how we see ourselves and what we believe. None of that would be possible without the work of filmmakers who constantly work to deliver the absolute best stories possible. Aspiring filmmakers should check out these upcoming events as they continue to hone their craft.

DC Shorts Mentors 2014
1317 F St. N.W., Suite 920
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-4266

Mentors Project
Gibson Guitar’s Showroom
709 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

Date: March 22, 2014 – Cameras, Lights & Microphones; March 29-30, 2014 – I Made My Movie, Now What?

The DC Shorts Mentors project offers hands-on workshops that cater to every skill level and help filmmakers—from the newbie to the experienced professional—cultivate the tools needed to create great short films. The workshops are interactive sessions taught by film industry professionals. Each session focuses on specific concepts and stages in the filmmaking process. Cameras, Lights & Microphones, instructed by Filmmakers Zhibo Lai, Michael Panfeld and Production Specialist Kathi Overton, allows attendees to meet area DPs and camera operators to learn techniques to ensure that shots are well-framed, in focus and at premium exposure. The session entitled “I Made My Movie, Now What?” focuses on effective marketing and how to create targeted promotional print and guerrilla and social media campaigns for little money. The end game is to help filmmakers better compete in the film festival circuit. Ticketing for individual sessions is limited.

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48 Hour Film Project
Washington, DC 20016

Date: May 2-4, 2014

Experience the thrilling and challenging process of making a movie in a single weekend. In just 48 short hours, you and your team will write, shoot, edit and score a complete movie. That’s the premise of the 48 Hour Film Project established by Mark Ruppert in 2001 to advance filmmaking and to promote filmmakers by encouraging them to just get out there and do it—less talking, more doing. The tight 48-hour deadline makes creativity and teamwork a must. This unique opportunity could be an exhilarating experience for up-and-coming filmmakers looking for an unusual challenge to test their creativity, spontaneity and resolve. Since its inception, the project has hosted more than 800 competitions, 25,000 teams and roughly 325,000 total participants.

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Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 961-6060

Here’s something for those young, aspiring filmmakers out there who have that burning desire to learn more about their craft. Imagination Stage is a multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people that’s been in existence for more than 30 years. The institution’s Filmmaking Program is geared toward grades five through 12 and is a comprehensive curriculum that teaches introductory through advanced filmmaking classes. The program centers on filmmaking technique, the pre-production process, executing a well-developed plan, visual storytelling and artistic style. There’s also a Film Conservatory program, configured for grades nine through 12, where students can study advanced techniques in lighting, cinematography and directing with a focus on working with actors during rehearsal and production. Throughout the program, students work in a hands-on environment using state-of-the-art equipment.

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