The workshop itself was great. It was three straight days of hands on experience. The first day was dedicated to teaching stations based on lighting, camera movement, audio etc (I have never seen that much gear in one place – ever. So many cool toys). Afterwards some of us ate dinner at Tutta Bella, which allowed all of the attendees to get to know each other. I was shocked that most people were not from Seattle. People came from all over the US – Maui, Atlanta, LA, and Oklahoma City to name a few. For the first time I met an Asian girl with an Australian accent, which was fun haha.
The second day we started a 24 hour film contest in which we had to write and and film a story by the end of the day. It was pretty hectic. My role during this challenge was to run audio, which was good for me as I had never done that before. I find that I work my best when I’m the one in charge. If everything falls on me, I’m just more focused and can communicate my vision more clearly. When I’m part of a bigger team, I still contribute, but I have a tendency to depend more on others, almost too much.
The third and last day was dedicated to editing. We spent the day working on post production… we ultimately ran out of time. Our final film was pretty rough, but it ended up working out. Patrick, who was my team’s leader had to briefly step in and edit. I was totally blown away at how fast he was. I have never seen anyone edit as fast as him. It was a sight I will never forget lol.
My team’s is the last clip, drama 7 (my car plays a major role!)
Afterwards we went bowling. I started off terribly, scoring in the 50s, but like the competitor I am, I battled and battled and very quietly finished my next 2 games above 100 – it’s all about how you finish. I also got to meet Casey and Danielle from Mindcastle which was pretty cool.
All in all, it was a great experience, not only from a learning standpoint, but also for the opportunity to meet some great people. I was by far the youngest person there – or at least close to it. It was a little intimidating at first, but after getting to know everyone it really became a non factor. All of us were there to learn not only from Still Motion, but also from each other.
Thanks for reading,