08. June 2020 - 5:00
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360 Filmmaking Workshop | Monday, 08. June 2020

This hands-on (virtual!) workshop is aimed at participants willing to learn how to create their own 360 film. No prior experienced required!

About this Event

Open to participants aged 18 and over.

From creative thinking, to shooting and delivering the film to your audience, we will go through each stage together step by step. Most importantly, we want this to be your film with your own creative inputs. Whether you are a theatre director, musician, visual or spoken word artist, you name it, we will tailor our approach to you and hope to discover your world and explore your ideas during the workshop, as much as we will share ours.

The programme will consist of 5 online sessions spread across one week led by AΦE’s Artistic Directors, Aoi and Esteban. Creative tasks will be given each day and reviewed during the following session. We will closely follow participants’ progression through one to one sessions and tailor them to your needs and creation.

We recommend attending our masterclasses on WHIST and 0AR prior to participating in the workshop as this will give you some of the keys to immersive productions.

Day 1 - Concept making

We will discuss and give examples of how we look for inspiration and develop our concepts. We will specifically focus on the audience’s feelings on 360 filmmaking and explore different possibilities together. Then the technicality of it will follow the creative ideas. Each participant will be given the task of creating a concept of their own.

Day 2 - Creating a storyboard, script, set and action

This step is crucial to the final result. We will explain how we made the storyboard and set for our 360 films, and how we choreographed the action according to the script and storyboard. The participants will then be given the task to create their own storyboard, script, set and action.

Day 3 - Shooting

We will explain the use of 360 camera, the angles to explore and the key points to be aware of while shooting. The participants will choose their filming location and shoot their own film after this session.

Day 4 - Editing

We will go through the process of basic editing skills on Premiere Pro. Participants will then carry on their own to finalise their film editing and export it prior to the next session. They will be able to ask us questions throughout their editing process.

Day 5 - Sharing of the results and open discussion

We will stream every participant/team’s work and give feedback. We will end the workshop by discussing further possibilities for each project and ask for feedback on the sessions from participants.

Sessions will be delivered using Zoom, 10:00-12:00 (BST) every day.

Participants are required to have their own tools (360 camera, editing software, VR headset or Samsung Galaxy S6 onwards for review, tripod if required, in addition we will use whatever we have at home to make the set e.g. cardboard, blue tag, glue gun, toothpick, acrylic paint etc...) to join the workshop. Recommended tools will be sent prior to the workshop.

However, when you book your place, we will ask each participants whether if you own the necessary equipment and people who would like to take part but do not own any. We will then match participants owning their equipment with the others so you can work in teams.

This workshop is supported by Arts Council England and free of charge. However, we would welcome any donation to keep us going through this difficult period. If you are able to, our suggested donation is £25 (£5 per day). Higher donations are of course welcome if you can afford it. By donating to our company, you are supporting our educational work for the community and help us in the pursuing the creation of ambitious work.

Paypal donation link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=TKC6M67TC2VYJ&source=url

About AΦE

AΦE is an Ashford-based dance company founded by Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Lecoq with the vision to incorporate technology into the theatre experience and bring audiences closer to the art of dance. We are the UK’s only dance company touring internationally using primarily Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). We are pioneers in our sector, and mix different art forms with this technology, offering a new perspective for dance audiences of all ages.

The company's first major commission WHIST, a dance and VR production, co-produced by The Gulbenkian and Tanzhaus nrw, supported by Arts Council England and South East Dance, received its sold-out world premiere in April 2017. It toured to 23 venues/festivals, 10 countries, was seen by more than 8,200 paying audiences and more than 4,440 participants participated in our workshops and demo events. It received positive reviews from industry professionals and press, including from Hedley Swain, Arts Council England Director of South East (“Suitably disorientating, great art”).

In 2018, Sadler’s Wells commissioned AΦE to create an Augmented Reality Dance performance called 0AR. It toured to 10 venues/festivals, 4 countries, and was seen by more than 1,620 audiences. The R&D was supported by Arts Council England, South East Dance, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Old Market, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Ashford Borough Council and Lyon Dance Biennale.

AΦE’s work has engaged with audiences in dance, film, media art and technology at established venues such as Sadler’s Wells, Chaillot National Theatre of Dance, Sydney Festival, Capital Theatre Edinburgh, Geneva International Film Festival, Frequency Festival, CPH:DOX among others.

Individually Aoi and Esteban have been performing over 14 years with renowned dance and immersive theatre companies such as Punchdrunk and Jasmin Vardimon Company, and have also choreographed, directed and performed for works by other prestigious producers, including Sean Roggs’ immersive experience The Waldorf Project, a 360° film for Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Google Arts & Culture) and short film “Kai”. They were also guest curators for an visual art exhibition and a Digital Performance Weekender for Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne in November 2017.

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