Part 01 Lockdown Limbo
"How did you experience the initial stages of the Lockdown? Were you at home or working? Were you alone or with a partner and kids? What did you see and experience? How did you experience the passing of time? How did work, contacts, isolation, being confined at home affect you? What did you observe, when looking out of the window?"
What we’ve been experiencing since the lockdown in March 2020 was in some way extreme for each of us. The artistic processing of existential experiences can have a cathartic effect. As we go into each experience with an artistic perspective, it creates a kind of distance that enables us to express the unspeakable. Through smartphones, a wider range of people have become today’s filmmakers. Over the Internet, videos are constantly being published, shared and commented on. This workshop will guide you to focus this impulse into an artistic form.
We work with precisely these technical means that everyone has at their disposal: The smartphone. Editing programs are not necessary, because with a good concept alone, the videos can be filmed within only one shot.
The documentary filmmaker and lecturer Maja Classen will guide, coach and moderate your filmic journey, wherein every month a video diary of 1-3 minutes is created. Those who book all 12 workshops will conclude the year with a video diary consisting of 12 chapters.
- The Video Diary / Autobiographical Filmmaking
- Authorship and narrative perspective
- Short film forms
- Poetic and experimental film forms
- How to find ideas
- Visual Storytelling & Visual Research
- Filming in one shot
- Handling the smartphone camera, camera app
- Exchange within the group / networking
- Personal mentoring in your own project
Writers*, filmmakers*, artists*, editors*, journalists* and all* who want to sharpen and practice their eye for personal, poetic and experimental narrative styles. No previous knowledge is required.
- You will sharpen your personal perspective and express it from artistic, experimental and poetic audio-visual narrative forms.
- You will learn to reach a universal relevance from your own personal story.
- You will learn to create artistic and professional videos with simple technical means (smartphone).
- You will learn serial, diary-like storytelling
- You will create your own videos and document a period of your
- You will learn from other course participants and exchange creative ideas.
Both days are structured by alternating between online meetings, practical exercises and individual coaching.
No 2: Family Affairs 12+13. September 2020
No 3: Love, Desire and Loneliness 10.+11. October 2020
No 4: The Power of Angriness 07.+08. November 2020
No 5: Dreamscapes 05.+06. December 2020
No 6: Body - Enemy or Temple? 16.+17. January 2021
No 7: Survival 13.+14. Febuary 2021
No 8: Distance: Inner and Outer Spaces 13.+14. March 2021
No 9: Conspiracies and Fake News 10.+11. April 2021
No 10: Forbidden fruit 08.+09. May 2021
No 11: Crisis or Chance? 05.+06. June 2021
No 12: Visions: the world after? 14.+15. August 2021
Maximum 8 participants
Maja Classen lives and works in Berlin, as a freelance filmmaker, documentary tutor, dramaturg, mentor and a mother of two children. She studied Directing at the Film University Babelsberg (formerly HFF Konrad Wolf) and has made four full-length documentaries, several short films and radio features. Within her works she deals with personal narratives and experimental and hybrid forms. Her works have been awarded, broadcasted on television, radio and presented in international film festivals. Her focal themes are on musical and youth subcultures, social and interpersonal issues. Her work is influenced by the Cinéma Verité and is driven by her own curiosity, her passion for people’s stories and devoted to searching for answers. Teaching and mentoring are as much a passion for Maja as filmmaking itself.