Duckrabbit are very pleased to announce a special training workshop that we’ll be running from the 26th to the 30th of November in conjunction with QUAD and FORMAT International Photography Festival. Particularly exciting news is that the films that our trainees make during this workshop will be publicly exhibited* at FORMAT in 2013, the biggest and most ambitious edition of the festival yet.
So if you’re a photographer, journalist, audio producer, communications specialist or storyteller looking to learn the art of photofilm production AND you want to be exhibited at an international photo festival* then this is the one for you.
We’ll be running the workshop in the town of Belper just 8 miles north of Derby from 26th to the 30th November. Belper is a beautiful market town, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage area and the home to a thriving artistic community. We’ll be basing ourselves in one of Belper’s most historic buildings to ensure that the spirit of the place seeps into the work we do.
Over the course of four days we’ll be teaching the art of photofilm making. We’ll take participants right through the production workflow, from identifying suitable stories, planning the shoot, gathering broadcast quality audio and photography through to post-production and completion of the project. Duckrabbit training is all about practical learning and in the four days participants will work together in small production teams (2-3 people) to produce a two to three minute draft photofilm.
Each group will work on a story researched by the FORMAT organisers relating to the festival’s theme of Factory and Mass Production. And each of the films that participants produce will be exhibited in the 6th edition of FORMAT International Photography Festival from 8 March to 7 April 2013. FORMAT is one of the UKs leading photography biennales focused on the best of what photography is and can be, through exhibitions, events, commissions, portfolio reviews, workshops, international meeting place and more.
In the evenings, when we’re not keeping you busy working on your productions we’ll be putting on some social events too, including entertaining talks from international artists, industry professionals and a film screening courtesy of the lovely people at QUAD, in Derby. There may even be time to enjoy some of the great pubs and restaurants to be found in Belper. The week will end with a party where we get everyone involved in the week, from participants to the film’s subjects and special guests together to show the work, enjoy a drink and reflect on the week.
So if you’re an energised and motivated individual looking to take your first steps into multimedia film production, like the idea of an intense, hard-working but very social week in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain AND you’d like to have your work exhibited at the FORMAT International Photo Festival* then this is the workshop for you.
Please do get in touch for more information.
This four-day course costs £595.
£150 is to be paid in advance to reserve a place on the course.
1) DSLR camera
2) Digital audio recorder. If you don’t own one of these then let us know and we can lend you one for the duration of the course.
3) Overear headphones
4) Laptop and mouse with Soundslides and Reaper (audio editing) software. Both are available as free trial downloads. There are plenty of youtube tutorials out there for both pieces of software – some advance learning of the basics will serve you well on the workshop. Soundslides tutorial here and Reaper tutorial here.
More detail on the workshop schedule.
By car: Belper is a short drive from Derby. Here on Google Maps.
By train: Belper is an easy train ride, just 12 minutes from Derby, 25 minutes from Birmingham and 1.5 hours from London and Manchester.
By air: Derby is just 1.5 hours from Luton airport and 20 minutes from East Midlands airport.
To take best advantage of the workshop and the evening events that we’ll be running through the week we’d recommend staying Belper itself for the week. Belper offers a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Here are a few to consider.
Don’t take our word for it. Here are just a few of the comments we’ve had from past trainees.
“I loved this course by duckrabbit. I left full of enthusiasm and confidence. It must have worked because only my second attempt at producing a photofilm made the front page of the Guardian website.” Emma Wigley, Interactive Media Officer, Christian Aid.
“The guys at duckrabbit not only helped me gain skills in audio capture, interviewing and photo-film production, but also increased my confidence in getting closer to people, and hearing their stories. I recommend this training to anybody with an interest in people, their stories, and how they are represented.” Phil Lang, Photographer.
“The duckrabbit training offers you a very good understanding of all the elements related to producing photofilms. It provides you with an extensive checklist you can rely on when compiling your multimedia piece. I can recommend this workshop to those who want to start exploring the domain of multimedia storytelling.” Serge Van Cawenburgh, Photographer.
“I learnt an incredible amount in a short space of time. It was informal and fast paced at the right times and more importantly it was really enjoyable.” Phil Catchpole, British Council
* subject to meeting the quality standard for FORMAT – hard work and dedication will be required from all participants!