It’s a confusing -- and exciting -- time to be an artist. Though it can be difficult to survive and thrive as we struggle to make our way as writers or actors or filmmakers, it’s never been easier to make your own work.
But how do you start making your own work, if you haven’t already? And, on top of that, how do you differentiate yourself as a creator?
We can help you get started, based on our 10+ years of experience scaling from a 15 min short film shot on tape (yes, tape) to our first feature film, which played in 10 cities and was distributed to millions of homes in 2016.
As to how to differentiate yourself -- we’ve identified three primary means of doing this:
1. Focus on quality, especially as it relates to storytelling, performance, and sound design
2. Surround yourself with talented collaborators
3. Start now, and figure it out as you go along (simplicity keeps us nimble)
Indie filmmakers Michael DiBiasio and Rebecca De Ornelas (The Videoblogs) present a new workshop for writers, directors, and actors who want to make their own work.
In one day, each person will work with a team (chosen by us from the pool of applicants) to produce a short scene. We will provide cameras and a professional sound technician, and you will supply your talents.
Each participant will emerge from the workshop with a fully edited (including final color and sound) scene for your reel, future work applications, or any other career uses.
Teams will consist of 1 Writer, 1 Director, and 2 Actors.
For this first workshop, enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Applicants who don’t make it in this time will be notified in advance about the next workshop
An additional goal of the workshop is to provide education and opportunities to communities underrepresented in film and entertainment. We strongly encourage artists from all demographics and backgrounds to apply.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION:
This is a great opportunity for a writer to experience the process of seeing your work produced, and how your script translates when the camera is rolling.
A short note about yourself, detailing your experience and what you are looking to gain from the class (500 words max),
A 3-5 page scene (industry format) involving two characters in one location. Locations can be a home (living room, dining room, kitchen -- sorry, no bedroom), a backyard, or a nearby park*.
Please note that we encourage content that can be cast with diversity of gender, race, and age in mind. Depending on our pool of acting applicants, we may ask you to shift your script to accommodate available talent (and are happy to help you accomplish this).
*Should you choose to set your scene in the park, please be aware of background noise that may affect the sound.
For directors, this is a chance to focus on directing only, so as to hone your skills and come up with a sample of what can be done when you don't have to worry about other responsibilities.
A short note detailing your experience and what you are looking to gain from the class (500 words max).
We will assign your scene in advance. You will be provided with two cameras, a sound technician, and actors. You’ll have no more than two hours to shoot and direct your scene.
A sample of your work. You can produce a short sample for the purposes of this application, if you don’t already have one. We aren’t looking for perfection, and budget doesn’t matter. We want to see commitment, curiosity, and get a sense of your style and talent.
This is a chance to actors to experience the process of creating your own work, as well as to obtain a work sample for building out your reel.
A short note detailing your experience and what you are looking to gain from the class, as well as a headshot and resume.
A recorded monologue or sides (videos taken on a phone are fine). You can produce a short sample for the purposes of this application, if you don’t already have one. We aren’t looking for perfection.
You will receive your scene in advance. Please come prepared to shoot the day of the workshop.
All students will receive a fully edited scene one week after the class. Michael and Rebecca will oversee each scene shot on the day of the workshop, and advise as needed or requested.
The schedule for the day will be as follows:
10:30 am-11:00 am Intro and Q&A with Michael and Rebecca
11:00 am-12:00 pm Meet your teams and rehearse
12:00 pm-12:30 pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm-2:30 pm Team 1 / Scene 1
2:30 pm-2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm-4:45 pm Team 2 / Scene 2
4:45 pm-5:00 pm Break
5:00 pm-7:00 pm Team 3 / Scene 3
6:00 pm-7:30 pm Wrap-up discussion and questions
7:30 pm-8:30 pm Networking: Wine, Beer, and Pizza
Please note that when each team is shooting, the others will remain present in order to observe and learn.
This workshop is for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment in the field. While you will receive your scene for personal use, it is not to be used for public screenings or sold in any way. Participants grant the workshop instructors the right to use their clips for marketing purposes only.