As a photographer, you already have many of the skills necessary to make a short film: familiarity with composition, lighting, and digital-imaging technology. You also own a portable, easy to use, high-quality video-making camera with exceptional built-in image stabilization: your smart phone.
Full-time professional videographer David Wells guides you through your transition from photographer to filmmaker, as you create a dramatic and visually compelling short film. The subject can be any topic of interest—from travel to family to work—and we construct our visual stories simply by recording video and audio on our smart phones and editing the footage together.
Before and during the workshop, participants watch a series of videos on various aspects of filmmaking, and throughout our time together, we explore how to use the tools we 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 lays bare and demystifies the filmmaking process. You come away with a set of new skills and a renewed appreciation for the ones you already possess.
Proficiency with downloading videos from iPhone to computer and working with digital imaging software.
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 Fortune, Time, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, 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.