Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth / Cinematography Workshop

Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth presents the first Cinematography Workshop on Sept 23, 2015 with guest Greg Winter. Students in Joellyn’s Visual Narratives class will be the bulk of the workshop participants, with a few outside registered workshop students.

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Visiting Cinematography Workshop
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm (with dinner break)
Location: at University of MN Duluth (MMADLAB video studio / 24 Bohnannon Hall)

This one day workshop offers practical approaches to cinematography through discussion of narrative strategies and testing techniques using lighting, composition, and camera movement. The afternoon session will cover variable issues shooting on location in the autumn light. The evening session will focus on interior shooting, using UMD’s new video production studio (Motion + Media Across Disciplines Lab). Creative exercises share ways to shoot a scene with a window as a bridge between interior and exterior in the cinematic narrative. The workshop will provide hands-on experience with a variety of gear, including HD camcorders, DSLR cameras, and HD studio cameras. All participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras and memory cards. The workshop is aimed at emerging filmmakers (beginning to intermediate) interested in digital filmmaking of all sizes and budgets.

Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth brings together University students, community members, beginning and experienced filmmakers to gain skills and share experiences telling stories with moving media. This project is funded by a University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Affairs Public Engagement Grant with additional support from UMD’s School of Fine Arts, Fine Arts Academy, and Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab.

FISHNETSTOCKINGS > Video Projections

fishnet1_snapFISHNETSTOCKINGS is an interactive installation created by digital artist Joellyn Rock, computer scientist Pete Willemsen, visual artist Alison Aune, and a crew of collaborators. The participatory space allows the audience to dive in and make virtual waves inside this alt version of a very old tale. A layered mix of digital video, text, silhouettes and cutout elements are motion activated with a combo of code, Processing and Kinect. http://fishnetstock.netfishnet_still4

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Digital projections include a mashup of historical references, folk patterns, and story fragments fished from the project twitter feed. The audience has multiple modes for participation.

Open Studio + Tweed Exhibit on Sat April 25

Don’t Miss this Full Day of events on Saturday!
1 – 4pm : Open Studios in Art&Design Classrooms
4 – 6pm : Annual Exhibit Reception in Tweed Museum of Art
5pm : Awards Ceremony in Tweed
6 – 8pm : Rooftop Barn Dance in Bohannon Plaza

Link to Facebook Event:

On Saturday April 25, UMD’s Department of Art & Design will opens its doors to the public to view student work and facilities from 1 – 4 p.m. The Open Studio event includes classroom tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, live music, and an affordable art sale of student work. The studios are located in Anderson Hall, Montague Hall, and the Humanities Building at 1201 Ordean Court on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.
Some pix from previous Open Studio Events: http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/openstudios2014/ and

After touring the Art & Design studios, the public is welcome to attend the Annual Student Exhibition Reception, which will be held at the Tweed Museum from 4 – 6 p.m. The exhibition reception will feature live music, refreshments, and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. to announce the exhibition prizes and honor UMD Art & Design scholarship students.

This full day of events will wrap up with a rooftop barn dance in Bohannon Plaza, featuring local musicians and dance callers, Four Mile Portage, from 6 – 8 p.m. Bring a creative spirit, wear your dancing shoes!


ON TUES March 31 each student will pitch / then Vote on the final short films for the class.

You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot.

More info … SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PITCH: Paper printout + 10 slides in Powerpoint

Paper Printout: Please bring a one page printout that includes this info:


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.:

PLEASE PREPARE a SHORT POWERPOINT (10 slides) OR PDF Your presentation must include visuals to support your pitch.


Slide 1 : YOUR NAME


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.

Slide 2: GENRE / STYLE:

Describe the type of short you want to make, show visual example

Slide 3 : STORY / PLOT:

Short paragraph that expands on the Teaser.

Slides 4-5: Character Descriptions / visual examples

Slides 5-7 : Locations / Settings / visual examples

Slides 8-9 : Additional Visual Examples that support the type of cinematography, visual effects, look / feel of the movie you hope to make. Storyboards, character sketches, still photos.

Slide 10 : Special Issues / Time of Day for shoots / restrictions

Reel North / Show your video on Tues March 31

Reel North is a new film and video series at Zinema 2 that asks people to bring in any film/video they’ve made for a screening in front of an audience of their peers. It’s open to absolutely everyone and anyone who wants to see their work up on the big screen. The first event will be Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Got a music video you made? Bring it in.

Some weird experimental thing? Bring it in.

Cat video? Yup.

Capture something interesting with you phonecam? We’ll put it up on screen.

Working on a short and need some feedback? Absolutely.

Old home movies? Neat.

Got a rant monologue? If it’s less than four minutes, sure.

Porn, snuff, or anything defined as “patently offensive”? C’mon … don’t be that way.

We will open up the floor for discussion and questions following every single film shown. That’s right, you get to supply the answers this time. But bring your thick skin, you’ll need to be brave and hear what people really think.

We’ll have very few rules as to what can be shown, but it must be projectable. Basically means that if you bring it in and put it into any of the formats we can screen it has to work with the equipment we have available.

You can:

Send a digital link
Bring in a bluray or DVD.
Let us know in advance if you need a 16mm or Super 8 projector, we’ll do our best.
We’ll give each film four minutes, but if it runs longer, the audience has the right to call it off the screen. Sort of like the Gong Show or Amateur Night at the Apollo.

You can walk up with it in hand or submit digitally in advance. Videos will be screened in the order they are received. If you’d like to submit in advance or have any questions, please email Richard Hansen at richard @ ds-ff.com.

The best part? It’s all free. Free to bring in your stuff, free to watch, free to bring your friends.

This program will be part of “Zinema2sDays” at Zeitgeist Arts and supported in part by the Duluth Superior Film Festival.

Visions of Light / Oscar for Best Cinematography

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography. The film covers the art of cinematography from the conception of cinema to about 1990.

In class we viewed the documentary Visions of Light. What qualities of light and camerawork are you most drawn to in the films of the past? Name a movie and a director of photography whose work is discussed in Visions of Light. What qualities in their work inspire you? How might you attempt a similar visual look in a short film you want to make?

Each year the Academy Awards gives an oscar for Best Cinematography. What film would you have awarded that honor this year? What visual qualities (light, color, camera shots and angles, motion and effects) are you most excited about in recent films? What current director of photography would you want to learn more about? (Name of DOP and URL links to your favorite films by this cinematographer).
Post your short response to the blog comments here by Friday.