2015 DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 10–20, 2015


worshopFriday, September 11 at E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC

DC Shorts is proud to present seminars for filmmakers of all skill levels. Space is limited and seating priority will be given to filmmakers in competition. Tickets are required.

Friday, September 11

10:00 am – The Art of Sound: Sound Design in Independent Films with Kelley Baker

Learn how a single scene can tell six different stories, the importance of character development through sound and why certain sounds make us feel uneasy, scared, happy or sad. Kelley Baker, author of The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One & Part Two, will challenge participants to flex their creative muscles in designing scenes, and teach participants to look at sound in film and television in a new light.

11:30 am – How to Shoot 4K with Jem Schofield of the C47

Whether we like it or not, 4K is here and it’s here to stay! Learn the realities of 4K production including the pluses and minuses of projects shot in either UHD (4K for the masses), or DCI 4K. Camera choice, media & storage considerations and working with 4K content will all be addressed in the session. Additionally, shooting in 4K will be a core focus with tips on how to successfully monitor your image so that you can keep critical focus when capturing images at such a high resolutions.

2:00 pm – From Production to Post with Jem Schofield of the C47

When it comes down to it, all your time and money spent in production hangs on the delicate thread of digital media. We are expected to monitor and manage all of this while still being creative! Learn modern day production to post-production workflows such as monitoring your picture on set (including LUT based workflows), on set media management for small productions and the “hats” that should be worn to make sure your productions run smoothly. The session will also briefly discuss how to package your film for iTunes distribution.


How do you work with actors to reveal subtext without giving them result-oriented direction? If you can put the camera anywhere, how do you decide? Explore best practices that will take your directing to the next level—and beyond.

Saturday, September 12

12:00 pm – Effective Festival Strategies

Meet festival directors from events around the country for an open Q&A on how most festivals are run – and what you can do to make the most of your festival circuit. Moderated by Jon Gann, founder and programmer for DC Shorts, and author of Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Festivals Really Work.

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