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Stories for Impact Smartphone Filmmaking Course - create a film for your p...

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Gravity Coworking

13/114 William Street

Melbourne, Victoria 3000


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WHEN: Saturday August 26th & Saturday September 9th, 9:30am to 4:30pm (attendance is required on both dates)

*NOTE - This event was previously listed as August 5th & 19th and has been postponed to the above dates*

WHERE: Gravity Coworking, 13/114 William Street, CBD

**This program is ideal for for anyone familiar with basic digital storytelling skills. If you would like to gain these skills in one of our other workshops find out more here**

Ready to share your story with the world?

Let Digital Storytellers guide you to create a short, sharp and shareable film for YOUR cause, organisation or campaign, from start to finish.

The Advanced Smartphone Filmmaking Course dives deeper into the techniques of how to FIND, MAKE, EDIT & SHARE your impact story, with two sessions spread across two weeks, and numbers strictly limited.

Digital Storytellers will guide you through the process of:

  • workshopping your story idea
  • planning your production
  • familiarising with pro filming and editing apps
  • collecting footage specifically for your film
  • editing that footage together into a compelling and visually stunning narrative
  • and share tips on how to rally a community behind your story.

Expect to accomplish a polished film ready for public viewing and to gain pro-level production skills to keep you storytelling into the future.

Day 1: Build your story idea, gain the technical skills to bring it to life (Saturday, August 26th)

  • Workshop your story idea: Collaboratively come up with a strategy and narrative for your film. Digital Storytellers will provide feedback for each participant, so that you walk away with a fully developed story concept.

  • Advanced technical skills: Dive deeper into the subtleties of smartphone filmmaking and learn filmmaking techniques specific to your video. In small groups you will learn how to achieve the shots, sound setups and effects needed for your specific story.

  • Production planning: Work on a production plan for your story, with guidance on everything from location scouting, interview questions, release forms, shot listing and more.

Between sessions: Gather footage, virtual support (Sunday August 27th - Friday September 8th)

  • Between sessions participants will action the plans developed on Day 1 and collect the footage and interviews needed for their stories

  • Virtual support will be provided by the Digital Storytellers team via a private Facebook group and Skype during designated 'Support Hours'

Day 2: Edit your story, and get it out into the world (Saturday September 9th)

  • Digital Storytellers you will mentor you beyond the basic technical elements of editing (such as cutting soundbites, cutaways, audio, titles, transitions and exporting). Our skilled editing team will teach you the tricks behind crafting a compelling narrative using the footage you've gathered.

  • Introduction to the top editing apps that professionals are using to edit on Android and iOS devices.

  • Finish the day by mapping out your networks and opportunities to get your film out into the world.

Digital Storytellers believe in the democratisation of storytelling and that every organisation should have the chance to share stories they are passionate about. Anyone can create engaging films with a little bit of knowledge. We are very excited to collaborate with you in bringing your story idea to life (minus the hefty production budget) and teach you how to DIY well into the future.

What story will you tell?


Melbourne Polytechnic

Walk Sew Good

A Day A Week In Nature

Robert's Story - Common Equity Housing

How to Make it Last

Give Where You Live


What equipment will I need to complete the course?

  • A video recording device, ideally your smartphone, fully charged and with some space
  • A microphone/audio recording device. We STRONGLY recommend purchasing an RODE SmartLav microphone for smartphones, if you intend to use interviews or voice in your video. It is $56 AUD and delivers excellent quality audio. You will have an opportunity to test these at the first day of the workshop. These are available for purchase at JB Hi-Fi, Michael's Camera Store, Digi Direct and other AV stores
  • A laptop for editing. It will need to meet the hardware requirements outlined here.
  • Headphones
  • Stereo jack converter (for iPhone 7 only)
  • A mouse for editing (recommended)

Software / Apps:

  • We will be demonstrating and practising use of Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Software during the workshop. This is a user friendly, cost effective and professional editing software. You will need to download a 7 Day Free Trial of the program on the day before the second workshop. You may want to get a 1 month subscription if you plan to edit your story further and create new videos after the conclusion of the workshop.
  • You can access the Free Trial here
  • The download is a two part process. Firstly, you will be asked to download Creative Cloud. Then you will need to ensure you also install the Premiere Pro App. Detailed instructions can be found here.
  • Your computer will need to meet the hardware requirements outlined here
  • If it doesn't meet those requirements, please let us know ASAP
  • We will be showing you a range of professional apps, in particular Filmic Pro (for Apple iOS and Android). No obligation to download it. We recommend it if you want more options during filming.

Will I make a film in this course?

Yes - In this course we will guide you through each stage of how to FIND, MAKE, EDIT & SHARE your film and you will have the opportunity to complete a short video for your organisation, project or cause throughout this process.

This will be dependent on your ability to complete set tasks and spend additional time filming between workshops, so please put aside time to complete this. We estimate you should commit at least 1 day to gathering footage for your film.

Other questions?

Email natasha@digitalstorytellers.com.au

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