Setting up a film workshop
With Sarah Bush and Creative Health Lab

Setting up a workshop isn't as hard as you might think. You need a plan, a space and any relevant equipment. The next step is to gather people by advertising on Facebook, Gumtree, or with flyers. Finally, you need a programme. This is an example programme by Creative Health Lab.

Film Making Sessions

At the end of these sessions participants will have gained an understanding of different genres of film, how to import footage onto a computer, basic editing using Final Cut Pro and exporting film for DVD and the web. They will have also have put together a short film and created their own credit sequence.

Week One

Exploring Film

We will explore different types of film and some of its history, as a group, using discussion, pens and paper and by watching clips.

Click on the titles to find out more from Wikipedia

Actuality Film - The earliest "moving pictures" were documentaries. They were single-shot moments captured on film: a train entering a station, a boat docking, or factory workers leaving work. Early film (pre-1900) was dominated by the novelty of showing an event. These short films were called "actuality" films. (The term "documentary" was not coined until 1926.) Very little storytelling took place before the turn of the century, due mostly to technological limitations, namely, that movie cameras could hold only very small amounts of film.

Art Film - a canon of films and those formal qualities that mark them as different from mainstream Hollywood films, which includes, among other elements: a social realism style; an emphasis on the authorial expressivity of the director; and a focus on the thoughts and dreams of characters, rather than presenting a clear, goal-driven story.

Auteur - In film criticism, the 1950s-era Auteur theory holds that a director's films reflect that director's personal creative vision, as if he/she were the primary "Auteur" (the French word for "author"). In spite of - and sometimes even because of - the films in question being made as part of an industrial process, the author's creative voice is distinctive enough to shine through all kinds of studio interference. In some cases, film producers are considered to have a similar "Auteur" role for films that they have produced.

Documentary Film - Not so much a single genre as an umbrella of related programme types, each seeking to represent versions of reality. Documentary forms have evolved from the beginnings of cinema to contemporary so-called docu-soaps, which some people might not see as being 'documentary' at all.

Feature Film - In the film industry, a feature film is a film made for initial distribution in theaters and being the "main attraction" of the screening. The term evolved from the days when the cinema-goer would watch a series of short subjects before the main film. The shorts would typically include newsreels, serials, animated cartoons and live-action comedies and documentaries. The term is also used for feature length, direct-to-video and television movie productions.

Silent Film - is a film with no synchronized recorded sound, especially spoken dialogue. In entertainment silent films the acting and dialogue is commuted through muted gestures, pantomime and title cards. The idea of combining motion pictures with recorded sound is nearly as old as film itself, but because of the technical challenges involved, synchronized dialogue was only made practical in the late 1920s with the introduction of the Vitaphone system.

Stop Motion - (also known as stop-action or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.

List of Clips

Early Films inc. The Sprinkler Sprinkled - The Lumiere Brothers, 1895
Le Voyage dans la Lune - Georges Melies, 1902
The Girl Chewing Gum - John Smith, 1976
Alice Jan Svankmajer, 1988
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Terry Gilliam, 1988
Blue - Derek Jarman, 1993
What the bleep do we know? - William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente, 2004

Week Two

Storyboarding and Editing with Final Cut Pro

We will form groups, with one computer per group, film some footage and decide which parts of the footage and the soundtrack we want to use. We will then mark down the time frames and create a storyboard with pens and paper.

We will look at the timeline, the canvas and the preview and learn how to cut and re-arrange our footage in Final Cut Pro.

Week Three

Editing with Final Cut Pro

We will learn how to adjust the speed of a clip and create transitions between clips. We will finish editing our first film.

Week Four

Titles and Credits

We will be creating our own credits for our film, using art materials and either stop motion with a digital camera or filming a sequence with a video camera. We will learn how to capture the film footage and/or insert the photographs into our project file.

Clips of Title and Credit Sequences

Lee Tamahori - Once Were Warriors, 1994 -

Week Five

Finishing off and Exporting Film

Groups will finish off editing and export their films


Exporting at Full Quality - Making a playable DVD with menus
Exporting for the web - Uploading to You Tube/Google Video

Week Six

Final Session / Film Screening

Any group that hasn't finished off and exported their film can have extra time to do so. We can go through any parts of the film editing process that anyone is still unsure of or needs extra help with.

Film Screening

Hopefully everyone will be finished by the end of today and we can watch our finished films projected on a screen.

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