A documentary film course different than all the others: unleash your creativity with hands-on tasks and the essential theory to actually MAKE a film and have it screened in a Berlin cinema.
Digital technology allows now more people to express their vision of reality – and this is what our course is about. In a set of structured meetings, attendees will learn how to find, shoot and edit a story, in close interaction with an enthusiastic group of people. The films will then be presented at a short documentary film festival held in Berlin, with an awards ceremony and attendance certificate for everybody.
In documentary filmmaking the idea is: don’t worry with technicality. The core idea is to use your mobile phone – but commercial DSLR will also be accepted.
We will explore gems of documentary cinema and we will have complimentary meetings to watch films together.
The module is for those who want to try their hands at filmmaking as a hobby or are considering making it a profession; for journalists wanting to expand their audiovisual skills; for film-enthusiasts wanting to learn the process of filmmaking.
The course is in English and the instructor is an active film director that also speaks fluent German, Italian and Spanish.
About the instructor
Stefano Casertano is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Berlin since 2006, CEO of the production company “Daring House”. His last film as director “People of Love and Rage” won the Eindhoven FIlm Festival and the Special Mention of the Jury at the Rome Independent Film Festival. As a producer, his animated short “The Ballad of the Homeless” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, won a Nastro d’Argento, was a candidate at the David di Donatello and won the LA Short Fest, being shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Stefano is currently producing his fourth documentary “Eighteen Penalties” about the story of the football matches between Italy and Germany produced by Istituto Luce and Lichtblick Film, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the German Film Funding Institute.
Stefano also serves as producer and filmmaker for video productions for media outlets such as El Paìs, Sky, La7, RBB, and Rai.
Before embarking on his film career, Stefano completed an MBA in Media and Communication at Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. “Magna cum Laude” in International Politics at Potsdam University in Germany. He has been an international correspondent for Linkiesta.it, Finanza & Mercati and Pagina99, and his articles have appeared in World Affairs, Project Syndicate and RealClearWorld.
Advanced modules to be scheduled
– Documentary filmmaking advanced module – Immerse yourself in a story and create a structured film plan. Basics of color and audio correction.
– Documentary filmmaking technical module – How to shoot a video with a reflex camera
– Music videos – How to shoot a music band