Dates & Venues 2012

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Las Vegas, NV, USA

Dates: April 20-22, 2012

Masterclass Venue:
Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa (formerly called Loews Lake Las Vegas), Las Vegas, NV

The main focus of this intensive 3-day Masterclass will be commercial and corporate film shooting.For general information about the Masterclasses click here.

* Student discount of $100 available. Please contact info@filmmaking-masterclass.com before you book, with a scan of your proof of student status.

Reduced group rates for 3 or more people available. Please contact info@filmmaking-masterclass.com for details.

$ 1.299* for a limited time only!

$ 1.399 regular price
Course price only!

Hotel room can be booked directly on the hotel website.

Let us know if you have any problems getting a room, don’t worry – we have blocked a number of rooms for our participants.

We recommend booking 4 nights at the hotel, with arrival one day before the course starts, and departure on the day after the last workshop day – the Masterclass lasts 3 full days!

We were asked by people to connect attendees in case they want to share rooms. Get in touch with us and let us know if this is an option for you and we will connect you with other attendees who consider that option!

Options

Set right after NAB at the incredible Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa (formerly called Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort – don’t worry, it’s the same hotel), the LAS VEGAS FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS will bring together ambitious filmmakers who want to up their game in commercial filmmaking.

Ever wished Philip Bloom & his pals guided you through your filmmaking? Well, that’s exactly what this is.

Attendees will be split into groups, with each group shooting & editing their own commercial or corporate film on a subject inspired by a prop or location we handpick for them.

But that’s not where this course will stop short – lighting techniques, timelapse sessions, post production workflows and even “dealing with clients” will be covered in special sections.

Our guest tutor Preston Kanak will do a session about adding movement to help tell your story. Additional guest tutors might be added in the coming weeks, stay tuned.

At the end of the three full days, the participants will go home with a finished piece, lots of new knowledge and certainly a lot of great new contacts!

General course contents:

  • Know your camera – DSLRs & large sensor cameras
  • Sound, sound, sound
  • Gear hands-on
  • Approaching a shoot & planning
  • Camera movement, framing & shot sizes
  • LOTS of practical shooting
  • Timelapsing – shooting & post
  • Advanced interviewing techniques
  • Post Production – Editing & color grading

Specific LAS VEGAS MASTERCLASS contents – corporate & commercial shooting:

  • Dealing with clients – seminar
  • Making a rough budget
  • Scheduling
  • How to approach a corporate shoot – staying creative
  • Planning and preparation, rough storyboarding
  • Assignment: Shooting a commercial or corporate film in a group
  • Post production, finishing & assessing the final product with other groups
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Key West, FL, USA

Dates:
April 27-29

Masterclass Venue:
Southernmost on the Beach Hotel and Southernmost Hotel – both are right next to each other.
Key West, Florida, USA

There will be a lot of shooting in the town of Key West, separated into groups.

The main focus of this exclusive 3-day Masterclass will be artistic shooting – in particular short documentaries, advanced timelapsing and short narrative films.

For general information about the Masterclasses click here.

* Student discount of $100 available. Please contact info@filmmaking-masterclass.com before you book, with a scan of your proof of student status.

Reduced group rates for 3 or more people available. Please contact info@filmmaking-masterclass.com for details.

SOLD OUT!
Contact us to get onto the waiting list.

$ 1.699* for a limited time only

$ 1.899 regular price

Course price only

Limited to a maximum of 14 participants!

Hotel room needs to be booked directly by the participants. All of these are in direct vicinity and recommended:
Venue hotels Southernmost on the Beach & Southernmost Hotel
Reduced group fee at the venue hotels, please mention “Filmmaking Masterclass” when booking & you get a better price!
La Te Da Hotel
Best Western Plus Hibiscus

We recommend booking 4 nights at the hotel, with arrival one day before the course starts, and departure on the day after the last workshop day – the Masterclass lasts 3 full days!

We were asked by people to connect attendees in case they want to share rooms. Get in touch with us and let us know if this is an option for you and we will connect you with other attendees who consider that option!

Set in the one of the most beautiful spots in the world in the Southernmost on the Beach Hotel, the KEY WEST FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS will be an exclusive event for a strictly limited group of 20 filmmakers maximum.

Hosted by Philip Bloom and Nino Leitner, this class will be all about making beautiful, artful films. The films you want to make. Key West presents a perfect environment for experimenting with various styles, all around the town – lots of subjects for short documentaries, little narratives and locations for timelapses await you.

Attendees will be split into small groups, getting as much hands-on tutoring as possible.

There will be guest tutors with us, covering different subjects – stay tuned for details on who they are!

At the end of the three full days, the participants will go home with a finished piece, lots of new knowledge and certainly a lot of great new contacts!

General course contents:

  • Know your camera – DSLRs & large sensor cameras
  • Sound, sound, sound
  • Gear hands-on
  • Approaching a shoot & planning
  • Camera movement, framing & shot sizes
  • LOTS of practical shooting
  • Timelapsing – shooting & post
  • Advanced interviewing techniques
  • Post Production – Editing & color grading

Specific KEY WEST MASTERCLASS contents – artistic & creative shooting:

  • Creating an atmosphere – technique seminar by Philip Bloom
  • Picking a subject for documentary, finding a theme for a narrative short
  • Scouting locations in town, splitting up in groups
  • Cinematic storytelling with the right choice of lenses, camera positioning and lighting
  • Narrative techniques for different genres
  • Advanced timelapsing
  • Shooting your creative film (short documentary, narrative or “beauty” film) in a group
  • Post production, finishing & assessing the final product with other groups
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Majorca, Spain, Europe

Dates:
June 29 – July 01, 2012

Masterclass Venue:
Colonia Sant Jordi Club , Majorca, Spain

The main focus of this intensive 3-day Masterclass will be TELLING STORIES in different genres.

For general information about the Masterclasses click here.

€ 999

€ 899 for the first 10 early bookers (sold out)

Course price only!
Hotel room needs to be booked directly at the hotel.

We recommend booking 4 nights at the hotel, with arrival one day before the course starts, and departure on the day after the last workshop day – the Masterclass lasts 3 full days!

Options

Check out the general section for general details about the Masterclasses.

Set on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Majorca, this exclusive Masterclass will take place at the Colonia Sant Jordi Club, right next to the most beautiful natural beach of the island, Es Trenc.

Attendees will be split into groups, with each group shooting & editing their own narrative or documentary short, commercial or corporate film on a subject inspired by a prop or location we handpick for them. Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner and Sebastian Wiegärtner will tutor the individual groups out in the field, with Philip rotating between the groups. We will tell you anything you need to know about the different large sensor cameras (C300, FS100, F3 …) and DSLRs (Canon, Sony, Panasonic) that you need to know!

We will have a professional script consultant, Ines Häufler, as an additional tutor. She will do a session on storytelling techniques on the first day, and tutor the individual groups with their basic idea in the afternoon – and then it’s time to shoot!

On the second day, there will be optional storytelling seminars on different subjects – documentary, narrative shorts, corporate films – anyone who wants can go, or you continue shooting!
Philip, Nino & Sebastian will also do optional seminars on lighting, corporate filmmaking, timelapsing and other fields, which can be attended by anyone. An exact seminar list will be posted in the coming weeks.

At the end of the three full days, the participants will go home with a finished piece, lots of new knowledge and certainly a lot of great new contacts!

General course contents:

  • Know your camera – DSLRs & large sensor cameras
  • Sound, sound, sound
  • Gear hands-on
  • Approaching a shoot & planning
  • Camera movement, framing & shot sizes
  • LOTS of practical shooting
  • Timelapsing – shooting & post
  • Advanced interviewing techniques
  • Post Production – Editing & color grading

Specific MAJORCA FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS contents – TELLING STORIES:

  • Storytelling techniques – an introduction, by Ines Häufler
  • Picking a subject for your documentary, finding a theme for a narrative short or corporate film / commercial
  • Scouting locations in and around the hotel, splitting up in groups
  • Cinematic storytelling with the right choice of lenses, camera positioning and lighting
  • Individual storytelling tutoring by Ines Häufler with each single group, helping you optimize your storytelling
  • Optional storytelling seminars going more in-depth for different film genres: narrative shorts, documentary and corporate film
  • Optional seminar on the intricacies of corporate filmmaking
  • Shooting your creative film (short documentary, narrative or “beauty” film) in a group
  • Post production, finishing & assessing the final product with other groups
 
  • Las Vegas, NV, USA

    Las Vegas, NV, USA

  • Key West, FL, USA

    Key West, FL, USA

  • Majorca, Spain, Europe

    Majorca, Spain, Europe

The Hosts

Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner & Sebastian Wiegärtner know each other from the set of the Hollywood Movie RED TAILS, where Nino & Sebastian were lucky enough to get to know and assist Philip - the authority of DSLR filmmaking.

Ever since then, we thought about doing a workshop together. Not any kind of workshop, but a series of days of total immersion in the craft, covering absolutely everything including theory, lots of practice and of course post production.

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Philip Bloom, United Kingdom

Philip Bloom really needs no introduction. He has been educating & inspiring the filmmaking community for years.

He has filmed, directed and edited short films, documentaries and much more from Clapham to Cambodia. In 2005 he was short listed for a BAFTA craft award for his series of short films for Sky News “If I were Prime Minister.” More recently, Phil worked with George Lucas on one of his most recent productions, Red Tails, and that’s were we actually got to know him, because he invited us to assist him there.

As one of the new breed of cinematographers, Philip has embraced the 35mm film adaptor market and the new line up of DSLRs, in particular the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D, shooting on HD video but making it look as close to 35mm film as possible. With the release of the Canon 5dmk2, Philip quickly became the leading authority on how to properly use the new line of DSLRs through his blog www.philipbloom.net. With technology constantly changing, Phil continues to embrace the best gear needed to create the film look.

His passion for filmmaking is contagious.

Join us for three full days of intensive training with Philip that will cover absolutely everything you need to know to master these cameras.

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Nino Leitner, Austria

Nino Leitner is a film director, DP and producer currently living in Vienna, Austria.

He studied film and video production in Salzburg and the United Kingdom and specialises mainly in documentaries, commercials and corporate films.

One of his major works is the feature-length documentary “Every Step You Take” (A/E/UK 2007) that exposed the weird inner-workings of the massive video surveillance / CCTV schemes covering every corner of the UK. It gained quite some media attention, was featured at film festivals around the globe and won several awards.

In February 2010, Nino got the rare chance to test the then-upcoming Canon EOS 550D (or Rebel T2i, as it is called in the US) extensively before any other filmmakers around the world could get their hands on it. He shot the test short “FEBRUARY“, which has been watched almost 250,000 times so far, converting uncountable doubters to 550D owners. He started his blog at the same time, propelling it to the top of the league immediately. Since then he has focused mainly on gear reviews for entry-level DSLR filmmakers.

He was one of the first filmmakers in the world to lay hands on the new Canon EOS C300. He was DP on the narrative test short “13:59″, which was directed by Mario Feil and shot in 2 days in Vienna – and they put the camera through its paces.

 

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Sebastian Wiegärtner, Germany

Sebastian Wiegärtner is Director of Photography and Managing Director of an owner-operated advertising agency.

He grew up near Nuremberg, Germany, where he’s still living, but now involved in many international projects.

After his first corporate film about a wallpaper factory he garnered a lot of attention, and he is now considered one of the most prominent Video DSLR experts in Germany. Frank Suffert, a Los Angeles based film producer, caught attention of Sebastian Wiegärtner and booked him for a shoot as a Director of Photography at Paris Fashion Week for a well known designer.

In addition to commercials and corporate films his greatest passion is the documentary genre. In 2010 Sebastian Wiegärtner was DP of a documentary that was recently broadcast. It was entirely shot with digital SLR cameras. After that experience he learned the caveats of these cameras and has gone on to teach his accumulated knowledge to his participants at workshops.

Sebastian Wiegärtner is using social media as a main communication channel for his work. In addition to Twitter and Facebook he regularly publishes useful tips, news and reviews on his blog. Social Media helped him spark his career as a filmmaker while gaining knowledge from such online platforms, his ‘virtual teachers’, so he also decided to share his gained knowledge with the community that helped him so much.

  • Philip Bloom, United Kingdom

    Philip Bloom, United Kingdom

  • Nino Leitner, Austria

    Nino Leitner, Austria

  • Sebastian Wiegärtner, Germany

    Sebastian Wiegärtner, Germany

About

The Filmmaking Masterclass is a unique kind of workshop. Three full days. Intensive hands-on shooting. Exclusive locations. This is 90% about practice, not just theory. You MAKE a film!

Philip Bloom, Nino Leitner & Sebastian Wiegärtner will teach you the intricate details of practical shooting in a truly unique setting.

It’s about getting the best out of your equipment, but especially developing your skills. It’s about techniques, which cannot be learned from a book or the Internet.

There is hardly anyone doing more camera workshops than Philip Bloom – he is constantly traveling the world, sharing his knowledge.
So it is pretty remarkable Philip said of last year’s Majorca Masterclass, “Seriously best workshop ever. Theory, shooting and post. Had such fun. Thanks to everyone. Six great films!!”

There will be seminars on various subjects of commercial filmmaking – and of course we will deal with all the new cameras in the field while shooting, so you can learn about them.

We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each! This will however not be a pixel peeping discussion, it’s about shooting!

Depending on the location, the Masterclasses are focusing on different themes, with additional seminars . Click on the individual dates & locations to learn more.

We encourage aspiring DPs, directors, and people who shoot films for a living (or strive to do so) to come and join us. We will NOT be covering basics, this will be an intermediary and advanced workshop.

To cover the basics, attendees will receive detailed digital textbooks / PDFs a few weeks before the course starts, containing all the concentrated basics for large-sensor cameras and HDSLR filmmaking. This leaves more time focusing on advanced shooting techniques and practical shooting during each Masterclass.

Additional Tutors

Every Filmmaking Masterclass is unique. The schedule is never the same and we have different focuses in different places – corporate filmmaking in Las Vegas, artful filmmaking in Key West, story-focused filmmaking in Majorca.

For these different focuses and places, we might add additional tutors who are experts in their respective fields, or add another angle to the whole topic. Please note that additional tutors might be changed or added at any time.

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Majorca: Ines Häufler

Ines has been working as a script consultant for almost 10 years now. She has developed more than 40 tv movies and several feature films, short films and documentaries. Ines believes that a good story is the foundation of any great movie and is eager to share her insights at the Filmmaking Masterclass in Majorca! Check out Ines’s site Scriptalicious.

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Las Vegas: Preston Kanak

Preston, who got to know Philip by assisting him on shoots like Sebastian & Nino, is a filmmaker extraordinaire: In 2010, he embarked on a mission: To shoot a film on every single day of the year. His idea was clear: No matter what you do, the more you do it, the better you will get at it. On his domain 3minuteshorts.ca, he posted all of them, and the results are nothing short of spectacular.

As you can imagine, Preston knows how to do the most with the limited time you have on a shoot – essential especially for corporate film shooting, where time is always money. He will join us in Las Vegas and be an aid during the shoots of the participants.

  • Majorca: Ines Häufler

    Majorca: Ines Häufler

  • Las Vegas: Preston Kanak

    Las Vegas: Preston Kanak

A look back

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Behind the scenes videos

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Final films – Masterclass 2011

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Final films – Masterclass 2010

  • Behind the scenes videos

    Behind the scenes videos

  • Final films – Masterclass 2011

    Final films – Masterclass 2011

  • Final films – Masterclass 2010

    Final films – Masterclass 2010

Sponsors & give-aways

 

Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, sought-after and innovative brands in the industry. We are very happy to have Vitec Videocom on board as our key sponsor for the 2012 Filmmaking Masterclasses – their brands Sachtler, OConnor, Litepanels, Anton Bauer and Petrol Bags are well-respected among filmmakers like us and we are very excited to have many of their high-quality products at the Masterclasses for our participants to use in their productions.

 

Give-aways by Sachtler

We are very happy to announce that Sachtler will give away (through a raffle):

 

Give-away by OConnor

We are also extremely happy that OConnor will be giving away to one of the attendees of the US Masterclasses:

 

Give-aways by Petrol Bags

Another generous donation comes from our sponsor Petrol Bags, who will be giving away:

Kessler is all about motion. We are very proud to have them on board as a sponsor because their products have shown us in no time that adding motion to your shots adds an incredible amount of production value with very little effort. Their products are reliable and simply work, and Kessler was at the forefront in putting affordable sliders, cranes, motion control & timelapse equipment in the hands of a lot of people around the world. Last but not least it is a very personal company with people who really care about filmmaking and help you out whenever they can.

Give-aways by Kessler

We are very happy to announce that Kessler will give away a $500 voucher for their products at each of the 3 Filmmaking Masterclasses! (The winners will be found via a raffle.)

 

Give-aways by Adobe

We’re excited to announce that one participant of the Las Vegas Filmmaking Masterclass will win a license of Adobe CS6 Production Premium!! Learn about the brand-new software package – certainly the most powerful one available – by heading over to the Adobe website, and check out the great new features of CS6.

The Support Team

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Katharina Dietl

Katharina has been working in various branches of the film industry for several years and therefore has an insight in areas from production to distribution. Combined with her university degree in business and marketing she knows what’s important to pull off truly unique Filmmaking Masterclasses!

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Pascal Depuhl

Pascal is a Miami-based photographer who has found his big passion for filmmaking only a few years ago. He met Nino last year in Miami and asked him if he would be interested in hosting Masterclasses in the US due to incredible demand from the States – after months of planning, they are pulling it off in 2012!

  • Katharina Dietl

    Katharina Dietl

  • Pascal Depuhl

    Pascal Depuhl

Testimonials

Ronald Vonk

The 2011 masterclass was such an amazing experience! A fantastic way to learn: 3 days morning till late at night being able to focus on trying new stuff and collaborating with great people; Hanging out with like-minded individuals in a great setting; Talking about kit and experiences; Making new friends over dinner and drinks; And best: I’m still in touch with a lot of people I’ve met there, have already collaborated with some of them (Phil, Nino, Didier, Gerwin & Ian) and have gotten in touch with even more great people willing to collaborate through them! So many opportunities if you’re willing to make the most of the experience. Priceless! – Ronald Vonk (ronaldvonk.com)

Ted Kieniewicz

It was great time in Marjorca on HDSLR Masterclass. I learned a lot, smile a lot and have fun. Thanks for opportunity to shoot 7D with Zeiss CP. lenses. Ted

Marc Buholzer

Hi Sebastian and Nino, I really had a good time with you guys. It was great to try out the Compact Primes from Carl Zeiss. The thing I wanted to find out here in Mallorca was the workflow about HDSLR filmmaking. You guys just did a great job! Hope to see you somewhere else. Marc

Angus Pigott

Hi guys, I came here knowing pretty much nothing about DSLR filmmaking and have learned so much! Great Masterclass and great people. That’s so much and I hope we can all stay in touch and meet again. Cheers, Angus

Bruno Jubin

Sebastian, Nino: I have really liked to know people passionate of HDSLR cameras like I am! I have really enjoyed and really learned so much. Thank you very much! Bruno Jubin

Alex Pitstra

Guys, I had a really great time during the masterclass. Some very useful new information and also a lot of hands-on fun! Keep up the good work and kepp bringing those Zeiss primes! :-) We’ll keep in touch! Alex

Joel Conder

Hey guys, had great fun over last three days, oh yes and I learnt something aswell! I think the main thing that I will take away from this experience is…naked….totally naked! (insider) On a serious note: Great course, learnt lots and was great meeting everyone! See you soon. Joel

Alexander Boboschewski

Hallo Sebastian, Hallo Nino, danke dass Ihr eure Erfahrungen mit uns geteilt habt. Euer Workshop hat entscheidend dazu beigetragen mir ein besseres Bild über HDSLR zu machen. Danke für die Informationen, aber auch entspannende Zeit auf den Balearen-Inseln. Ein Loblied über die Zeiss Primes lass’ ich aber aus, es gibt so auch noch andere gute Optiken :-) Hoffentlich bis bald irgendwo auf Facebook, Twitter oder im Real Life, Bobo – www.bobo.at

Contact & Conditions

For questions of any kind, please contact info@filmmaking-masterclass.com.

All course contents are subject to change. We are constantly evolving our courses and might add assisting tutors and content at any time.

Minimum attendance:

All FILMMAKING MASTERCLASSES 2012 have already reached their minimum attendance numbers, so they are definitely taking place! If you want to take part please don’t hesitate too long as spaces go fast.

Cancellation policy:

Until 8 weeks prior to the respective event, the booking can be cancelled via email.
We reserve the right to deduct 10% of the total amount as a cancellation fee.
Until 4 weeks prior to the event, the cancellation fee is 40%.
Until 3 weeks prior to the event, the cancellation fee is 60%.
Until 2 weeks prior to the event, the cancellation fee is 70%.
Until 1 week prior to the event, the cancellation fee is 90%.

In case of severe illness or private emergencies the above policy might not apply. In these cases, please contact us via email as soon as possible.

The LAS VEGAS FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS™ and the KEY WEST FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS™ are being produced by:

Photography by Depuhl
c/o Pascal Depuhl
177 NW 90th St
Miami, FL 33150
United States

The MAJORCA FILMMAKING MASTERCLASS™ is being produced by Nino Film e.U. & Wiegärtner Kommunikation & Design GmbH

Nino Film e.U. Video- und Filmproduktion
Thaliastraße 153/6
1160 Wien
Austria

Wiegärtner Kommunikation & Design GmbH
Klosterstraße 4
91301 Forchheim
Germany

FILMMAKING MASTERCLASSis a trademark and brand by Nino Film e.U. and Wiegärtner Kommunikation GmbH.