Storytelling and Practical Shooting in the Field


Storytelling and Practical Shooting in the Field


Workshop Checklist

Concepting and Pre-Production

We start by presenting the essential structural qualities of short-form films. Students learn to choose and shape a story that can be emotionally impactful in under 5 minutes.

Once we’ve covered how to shape a compelling story, we move on to preparation for the field.
Pre-production is an essentially important part of the process and one of the most consistently undervalued. We cover the basics of: casting, storyboarding, shooting scripts, production logistics & schedule design, and preparing for the interview.

Basic Field Production

Each student has equipment in their hands as we demonstrate how to shoot b-roll and interviews that look and sound beautiful.

Film Language

We’ll cover: establishing shots, over the shoulder shots, b-roll, and more.


We introduce students to the pillars of camera operation: framing, white balance, shutter, iris, gain, and a few others. These are the things every student should check every time they turn on a camera and we’ll show them how to adjust depending on the circumstances.


Audio is the most important sensory aspect of any video. Audiences can forgive bad visuals, but they cannot forgive bad audio. We run through some basic audio tools and teach students tricks to collecting clean audio.

The Interview

Most students of these workshops will go on to shoot interview-heavy videos. We teach them how to light and frame powerful interviews. We also cover how to make your subject comfortable and how to engage them while searching for the answers you’re after.

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