We’re very excited to be heading over the pond to Canada again this year to run a four-day photofilm training course from the 2nd to the 5th of November.
We’ll be basing ourselves in central Ottawa and 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. We’ll be collecting the material for our films in the ByWard Market, in the shadow of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. The market draws tourists, shoppers, venders, pan handlers and addicts and if there’s a place to begin to tell a story from Ottawa, it’s here.
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 social week then this is the course for you.
More detail on the workshop schedule here.
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
And here are some films made by past trainees.
This four day course costs just $CAN 600. If you’d like to book on or want more info then please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our host in Ottawa Brigitte Bouvier at email@example.com.
1) DLSR camera
2) Digital audio recorder
3) Overear headphones
It is very difficult to teach all the skills needed to produce photofilms in just four days. A considerable amount of time is given over to discussing editorial approaches to creating photofilms.
A successful training is where our trainees go away inspired and thinking totally differently about the way they approach their work. This means a limited amount of time is spent teaching software, which can be easily learned in advance. Because of this we strongly advise students to have spent a bit of time familiarising themselves with basic audio editing before attending the workshop.