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Teaching Documentary Filmmaking with Sean Cousins (2 September)

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SAE Institute Melbourne

235 Normanby Road

South Melbourne, VIC 3205

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HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR STUDENTS MAKE BETTER FILMS?

In just one day you can gain many invaluable insights, for yourself and your students, into documentary filmcraft, in a workshop run by filmmaker and film lecturer Sean Cousins. Sean has successfully run these workshops for ATOM over recent years (see testimonials at bottom of page).

ABOUT SEAN COUSINS:

Sean has enjoyed a twenty-year career writing, producing and directing in film and television for broadcasters such as SBS, ABC, National Geographic, History Channel, Animal Planet, Network Ten and others. He also teaches both documentary and narrative filmmaking (supervising the Capstone/graduating projects) at SAE Creative Media Institute in South Melbourne, which has recently produced several award-winning short films.

Sean’s son Darcy successfully completed VCE Media in 2017. His film Sauce of My Success won the inaugural ‘Jury Prize for Best Film’ at the most recent VCAA ‘Season of Excellence’ Top Screen Awards. Part of the day will be offering insights into the creative and production process Darcy followed to create his funny and charming film. The film will be screened and the folio will be shown as part of the workshop.

More details about Sean here:

WHAT’S COVERED:

  • Tools for assessing achievable ideas for student documentaries
  • A little theory (modes of documentary)
  • Where to look for stories – some tips on ‘ideation’, nurturing creativity
  • The dark art of scripting documentaries
  • The role of the documentary director
  • Crewing student documentary productions
  • The challenge of researching films for high-school students
  • Stages of production – tips for structuring the production in the school year
  • Health and safety ‘non-negotiables’
  • Crew roles and definitions
  • The importance of sound in storytelling/filmcraft
  • Planning ‘post production’
  • Helping during the edit – what is your role?

TESTIMONIALS FROM PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS:

Sean’s years of industry experience at an international level and his generous personal approach made this workshop very engaging. We learnt about the hidden art and craft of storytelling for documentary filmmaking. Covering the reality and the myths, from the style, development, casting, directing, equipment, shooting and post-production we got an in-depth grounding in how to go about making a well planned documentary

– Virginia

Sean is an inspiring teacher and filmmaker, and parted with many very valuable insights into the process of documentary filmmaking. He helped us to examine the nature of ‘privilege access’, and opened our eyes to the art of discovering story in our own communities. He gave us the eyes to see the world as a director and deepened our appreciation of storytelling.

– Elena

Sean is philosophical towards filmmaking and he imparts, in his seminar, a love of immersing oneself in to the journey of a story. He is a remarkable person in his knowledge and experience, as well as being a generous and patient teacher.

– Douglas

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THIS EVENT:

  • The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm.
  • A light lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact ATOM on (03) 9525 5302.

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