We're makers, artists, educators, and self starters. The team behind The Filmmaker's Workbook has made dozens of movies and plays, taught for a combined 25 years, and published multiple iBooks and white papers. Our stunt and special effects work includes fight scenes, gun shots to the head, explosions, and car hits.
We searched for a good workbook for young filmmakers offering a practical, hands-on approach. We didn't find what we liked so we decided to make one ourselves!
This project will include an interactive iBook you can read on your iPad or Mac. We're also making a short film The Interrogation to illustrate many of the principles we outline in the workbook.
The Filmmaker’s Workbook will teach the fundamentals of creating short films through a hands-on, platform-neutral approach. The workbook will be an iBook and released on the iBookstore. The iBook platform will give us the ability to include interactive content such as short videos, photo galleries, and formative assessments.
Each chapter will cover a single building block used in creating a film. Each chapter will also ask students to make a short video demonstrating their understanding of the material presented. Teacher resources such as worksheets and rubrics will be included to help educators use the workbook in their classes.
Chapters will be divided into two sections: basic topics and advanced topics. Two larger projects will also be detailed. A shorter project will be suggested between the basic and advanced topics while a longer film will form a culminating experience. Extension activities will be available for motivated students.
The workbook is neither a a comprehensive textbook nor a manual for using specific cameras or editing software. The workbook will not include: A history of filmmaking ‘Click here / click there’ instruction on editing software Detailed overview of specific cables, cameras, or memory cards
The workbook will be useful for a student filming and editing on their phone as well as for more advanced filmmakers.
Meet the Team
Producer Hans Mundahl has been an educator since 1995 when he first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then Hans has taught in a variety of settings including as an Outward Bound instructor, classroom teacher, house parent, and academic tutor.
Hans’s writing and videos appear in several locations around the web including edSocialMedia, Carney, Sandoe & Associates, and ClassBook.com. Hans has been quoted in The Today Show website, Mashable, and US News & World Report and his own eBook Teaching with the iPad is available on the iBookstore.
At New Hampton School Hans created a vibrant and successful film program. This project encompassed design and setup of a studio area, development of curriculum, and mentoring of students. The program grew to include two academic courses, a weekly live news magazine, short films uploaded to the web, and a week-long intensive workshop.
Stunt Coordinator Angele Caron grew up in the lovely state of Maine. After attending the University of Maine, she took her English degree to Boston to try out the city life. While there she stumbled across a thing called Kung Fu and became devoted to this exercise of the mind and body — and hooked on its side effect of stress-relief. So, when she was looking for a new job, something to get her out of an office and away from a computer, she found something she never expected: stuntwoman.
Since arriving in Los Angeles, Angele has trained with some of the greats in the business including David Morizot, a prolific television fight coordinator who worked for many years on the popular show Chuck and Bob Yerkes the legendary circus trainer to the stars who has been in the business since the 40’s.
She currently trains with Billy R. Smith who was recently inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and can be seen in many movies including Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Director of Photography Thom Beaulieu cannot decide on one thing to do. He is an artist and a scientist. This dilemma has followed him for years. In college Thom began as an engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University while heavily involved in student-produced theatre. Transferring into the department of Drama at CMU he was able to express his artistic side more fully as a director and designer. He gained considerable experience working in the Atlanta area after college in theatrical production as carpenter, welder, production manager, technical director, lighting designer, and director. In 2003, Thom took a hiatus from the arts and enrolled in graduate school pursuing a PhD in Astronomy. This experience with optics and digital cameras allowed him to truly understand the reaction of digital (and by extension, analog) media to light. Having earned a Masters Degree in Physics, he began teaching at Athens Academy, an Independent school in Athens, Georgia, while resuming his design career. This dichotomy has allowed Thom to integrate a scientific approach to the application of light.
Thom has been teaching physics for 10 years, while designing at various theaters. Having moved to New Hampshire in 2012, he is establishing himself as a designer in New England theatre.
Here are two short films we've made with students to give you a sample of our work!
Section 1 - Welcome
In which we welcome the reader to the book and set the stage.
- What this book is
- What this book isn’t
- What you’ll need
Section 2 - Basic Filmmaking
In which we learn to come up for an idea for a story and construct a 1-2 minute film around that story.
- The Basics
- Breaking Story
- Types of Shots
- Showing Action
- Stunts: Falls & Shoves
Section 3 - The Viral Video
In which we conceive, create, and publish a viral video.
- Viral video storyboard
- Production process
Section 4 - Advanced Filmmaking
In which we write a 6-8 page screenplay and turn it into a short film you can submit to a film festival.
- Showing Action
- Using Music
- Stunts: Punches & Kicks
- Transitions Between Scenes
Section 5 - The Film Festival
In which we use all of the skills we have learned in a final culminating project.
- Production process
- Film Festivals
Section 6 - Extension Activities
In which we include additional activities for motivated students.
- In-Camera Special Effects
- Commercial re-shoot
- Trailer re-shoot
- Knife to the Head
- Stunts - Fight Choreography
- Props - Fake Brick
Short Film: The Interrogation
A short film will be produced in conjunction with the workbook. The film will help build interest and excitement about the workbook and will serve to illustrate many of the key ideas presented. Production photos and excerpts from the film will be used throughout the workbook.
Risks and challenges
We've already written the workbook content. The Kickstarter campaign is funding the production of the short film and will help us package everything together into a beautiful iBook.
Making movies is all about over coming hurdles to create something entertaining. Our team has already set aside the time and equipment we need to create the movie and finish the iBook.
We're confident everything will come together. We're also confident there will be challenges but our years of experience will help us overcome the obstacles and make a great workbook and short film!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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