MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS WITH DIRECTOR RICK MINNICH (languages: English, German)
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Writer/director Rick Minnich is offering master classes and workshops on working as an independent filmmaker. While he has some experience in narrative filmmaking, his specialty is documentary.
These events are flexible in structure and duration depending on the needs and resources of the organizers, and can range from a screening of one of his films with an extended discussion (approx. 3 hours total) to a week-long workshop on documentary filmmaking.
Rick is also available for one-on-one consultations and mentoring to help filmmakers shape their stories both BEFORE shooting and DURING the editing process.
Rick is based in Berlin, Germany, but is available for workshops and mentoring worldwide. For more information, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some points covered:
What kind of story do you want to tell and how can you best tell it?
How to follow your instincts and unveil your underlying motivations for wanting to make a film.
Finding the creative and financial partners suitable to you and your project
Research: What and how much?
Shooting alone vs. with a crew
Narration: Does your film need it? If so, what kind and how much?
Working with home movies and/or archival footage
Music: When, what, why, and how much? How to use music (composed or licensed) to express story elements and emotions which images and words alone cannot convey. How to work with a composer.
Getting your finished film out there: navigating the often confusing and overwhelming world of film festivals, sales agents, distributors, and broadcasters
Screenings of key documentaries of various genres which might help and inspire workshop participants
Optional case study of Forgetting Dad:
*Listen to Rick's master class at Planet Doc Review, Warsaw, Poland, 13 May 2009 (70 min. English and Polish)
How to make a film about family trauma,
The challenges of being both a family member and the filmmaker
Discovering the universal elements in your personal story which will make your film artistic and accessible to a wide audience,
Finding a beginning, middle, and end to a neverending story
Finding the right partners to help you tell your story and prevent it from drifting into mere naval gazing.