In the beginning of January, dBs Film hosted two workshops organised by FEST Film Lab, with Paul Miller – producer – and Allan Starski – production designer.
Berlin has long had a reputation as Europe’s greatest budget paradise for students and artists. But as the city goes through extensive development and an accompanying rise in accommodation costs, is this still true?
So many options, so little time. Here is our advice on how to choose the right music or film production school for you.
Anyone who’s ever been interested in making films has at some point run into the age-old dilemma: to film school, or not to film school? Here is our film tutor Mal, designer of our new 2016 Filmmaking Diploma, explaining why we took ‘school’ out of the programme to give you the best of all possible worlds.
Some students arrive knowing exactly what they want to do, but we know that the real learning happens in the suprises. Mike’s experience working with his fellow students on the many projects built into our Film & Screen Production Diploma showed him just how important teamwork is.
Silvia’s love for cinema first revealed itself while she was working in a video rental shop in her home town in Italy. Her experience in our Film & Screen Production Diploma was one of finding her voice by being exposed to a broad range of styles, opinions, methods and interests.
We invited Dorothee Pfistner to dBs Berlin to discuss the distribution of movies, covering their journey from the script to the cinema screen. As the head of acquisitions at Neue Visionen, a leading independent film distributor based in Berlin, she shared plenty of invaluable insight with our film students.
Malachi began making films at the young age of 10 and says his skills have definitely improved. He calls his style “storybook realism” and thinks escapism has a bad reputation. The collaborative nature of filmmaking is something that he values highly and he believes that constructive work environments are key to the success of a production. His film La Niña del Desierto was awarded a Student Emmy and the title of Best Short Film at four separate film festivals. It was screened at over 25 film festivals worldwide.
Simon is originally from Slovenia and worked as a TV director for Slovenian National Television. He is also an independent director and producer with a focus on documentaries. His 2003 film Amigo was selected as best Slovenian documentary of the year, and received the award for “Artistic Achievement” at the international Golden Knight Film Festival in Kaluga, Russia. Simon also wrote and directed Blue is the Sky and his newest project is titled Karaka-The Seed of Change.
Learn more about his work on his website onionfilms.
By Ash Robinson
It’s easier now to shoot your film on a shoestring budget than it ever has been, and it’s only getting cheaper, faster and more flexible as sensor and processing technology roars up the exponential curves of power, speed and affordability. You can already shoot beautiful 50p footage in HD, edit it, grade it, and upload it – all from your cellphone.