Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking Series

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Our partners at Mid-Continent Public Library ​ have announced a new film making workshop! The series will be presented twice on each Tuesday (beginning 2/23); for teens at 6:00 p.m. and for adults at 7:30 p.m. You may register for the entire series or just the programs that interest you.

Today’s digital technology makes filmmaking accessible to storytellers looking for new and exciting ways to express their creative visions. Join filmmaker Brad Austin for this nine-week course exploring every aspect of telling stories through film. From story creation and scriptwriting to directing and editing, Digital Storytelling: Filmmaking Series participants will learn skills to create their own film project. Brad Austin is a commercial photographer and creative director based in Kansas City. He is currently filming short documentaries focusing on the stories of people that live, work and create in the Kansas City area.

Schedule of Workshops


March 15 | 7:30 p.m.
What is a director’s role on the film set? What problems will you have to deal with while on set? How do you as a director express your creative vision to the crew? How do you choose actors and communicate with them on set? Director Patrick Rea will lead the class in a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like being a professional feature filmmaker. For adults.

Camera Work
March 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Whether you shoot your film on a RED Epic or an iPhone you need to know how cameras work, the best way to achieve a proper exposure, how your choice of lenses can help tell your story, and practical choices for camera accessories. For adults.

March 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Cameras capture light. The ability to paint with light is a big influence on how your film looks and the mood you create. In this class, we discuss the six qualities of light and how they can enhance your story. For adults.

April 5 | 7:30 p.m.
This class will be a hands-on look at some of the tools cinematographers use to create a visual story. We will light a film set and talk about practical ways to make your film have a defining style. For adults.

Sound Design
April 12 | 7:30 p.m.
Sound design is perhaps the most under-appreciated film component. In this class we will discuss the best way to get on-set audio, add special effects, Foley work, and where to get background music for your film. For adults.

April 19 | 7:30 p.m.
In this class we will discuss the job of an editor as a storyteller. We will Skype with a Hollywood editor and learn what is expected of his position. We will then look at simple editing techniques in Adobe Premiere and discuss how editing and pacing impact a viewer. For adults.

Filmmaking Open Lab
April 26 | 6:00 p.m.
This open lab time will allow for editing, finishing and questions. Brad will be on hand to help wrap up projects. Participants will have several weeks to complete their films on their own before our end of summer screening. This lab is for those who have participated in the 9-week filmmaking series. For adults.

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