SFW Online

From Still Photographer to Filmmaker: The Basic Tools

with David Helfer Wells

April 13 - 30, 2021

Tuesdays and Fridays; 12:30-2:30 pm (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $595.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

Course Description

It's easy to feel daunted by the prospect of shooting video to make a short film. The craft itself can seem overwhelmingly complex, but it's not. As an experienced still photographer, you already have many of the skills necessary to be successful with moving images.

Visual storytellers know how to compose a frame, use the best light available, and work with digital-imaging technology. They just need someone to guide them through the transition from still photographer to filmmaker—and then to dedicate the time to practice.

David Wells creates videos full-time, for personal projects and paying clients. With his professional guidance, you learn how to create a dramatic and visually compelling short film maximizing ambient sound and compelling motion visuals.

You function essentially as a one-person crew, gathering video, audio, and still photographs. Together we explore how you can use the tools that you already have to tell a story through movement, the unfolding of time, and especially the power of sound. As your short film evolves, we engage in real-time instruction, discussions of pre-recorded lessons, and one-on-one conversations as needed.

From inception to capture and from organization to final output, David takes the intimidation factor out of shooting video and ultimately to mastering the filmmaking process. You come away with a set of new skills and a renewed appreciation for the ones you already possess.

View a couple of David's videos below:

Good Friday --

Kochi Time --

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Previous experience shooting video with your digital camera is helpful, but not required.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 12:30-2:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting April 13 and ending April 30 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

View updated Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for 2021 online programs.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.

Please Note: During the online registration process you will be asked about housing and meals. Answer no to both questions.

Policies:

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Tuition INFO:

Includes tax.

Categories
Multimedia, Storytelling
about
David Helfer Wells

David Helfer Wells is an award-winning visual storyteller who has worked as a newspaper photographer, a freelance magazine photographer, and most recently a filmmaker. He creates still and moving images for clients such as Bryn Mawr College and Aramco World, and his personal and grant-funded projects have been supported by the Fulbright and Alicia Patterson Foundations. Magazines that have published David’s work include FortuneTime, LifeNational GeographicNewsweek, and The Sunday New York Times, among others. His films have been shown at festivals worldwide, in Bangalore, New York City, Rome, and San Francisco.

Website: davidhwells.com

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