DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP FOR WOMEN

I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE WOMEN DIRECTORS BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT HALF OF THE POPULATION AND GAVE BIRTH TO THE WHOLE WORLD. WITHOUT THEM WRITING AND BEING DIRECTORS, THE REST OF US ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY.
- Jane Campion

Our intensive 2 week filmmaking bootcamp will result in a series of short documentary films produced by our team of local and international women and screened our final night during a special women's program giving thanks to the local community. Our focus will be telling the stories of remarkable women, real life heroes who are making positive change in the world today. We’ll offer instruction and hands-on experience in making a film from start to finish: scriptwriting, video, audio, interview techniques, photography, editing and story-telling. We will conduct compelling interviews, capture artistic cinematography and record professional quality audio. We'll invite students from around the world to participate, as well as women from the local area, creating a truly diverse world-class team.

In 2015, our short films were about the women of the Kullu Valley and the success stories surrounding their savings & loan groups and small business enterprises. These women live and work at the base of the Great Himalayan National Park of northern India. After the borders of this national park were closed to the local indigenous population in 2000, many women, under-valued and considered illiterate, learned small business skills, created thriving fair trade co-ops and thrived in the face of economic devastation. We will share their stories and train each other in the art and hard work of documentary filmmaking, while we document our times with women's perspective.

Our bootcamp is jointly led by GKP mentors: Connie Florez, Shirley Thompson, Cindy Iodice, Ayesha Sitara, and Ana Grillo. We use several cameras to include the Red Dragon 6K, Canon DSLRs 1DX and 5D Mark III, GoPros, drones, mobile devices and student cameras. We offer an ambitious 10 day cirriculum and learn by doing. Filmmaking is a great team effort and in the end, we'll make valuable short films by and about women. We work to change the face of women in mainstream media today, by making media in our own image, and telling real life stories of the real heroes in the world today.

BASIC COURSE OUTLINE HERE.

Today,  we see a great imbalance in our film industry in terms of how women are represented on screen, the number of women's stories told and the number of women directors telling them. In Hollywood, the most influential media determinant in our world today, 95% of directors are men. A 95% male perspective is clearly seen in our popular movie trends of today. Browse the titles of our most popular films this week and you will see the undeniable genre of Violence in mainstream media. Browse the news channels and you can see its effects. More violence. Its truly a viscous cycle and not an accurate picture of our world.

Our mission is to join others and create media from women's perspective so that we may more accurately document our times and use our media to encourage a more equitable world for all. 

We are a solution based volunteer effort whose goal is to offer education, hands on experience and inspiration to local and international women. We create films that have a positive impact on the people we feature.

Experience in filmmaking is suggested, but not mandatory. We only ask our participants be passionate and come ready to work. This is a bootcamp pace yet we have daily morning yoga and meditation, followed by a healthy breakfast, before we start our ambitious days.

Tuition: $2700 USD. All meals, housing and course materials included. Airline ticket not included. Scholarships for local women come with each participant. You gift a local woman or girl a place in our bootcamp by simply signing on.

 Please contact: info@goodkarmaprojects.org for further details or questions. TO ENROLL IN OUR BOOTCAMP, fill out our questionnaire and pay your deposit here. We will facilitate a group SKYPE Q&A meeting on April 4th & 5th at 1:00pm PST, in order that students can meet the GKP Team leaders and answer specific questions. Individual SKYPE appointments can be arranged if these times are not possible. Please contact Ana Grillo at anagrillosf@gmail.com to schedule your individual appointment.

2 Week Itinerary & Overview: June 1 - 15, 2015 (Morning yoga and meditation available and optional)

June 1st: Plan to arrive in New Delhi and be picked up by our team and taken directly to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay.

June 2nd: Quick view of New Delhi.

June 3rd: Chartered Bus to Agra, to visit the Taj Mahal. One day, back to Delhi, overnight at hotel.

June 4th: Chartered Bus to Kullu Valley, then onto the Great Himalayan National Park and our Forest Guest House.

June 5th: Introductions, Cultural awareness classes and Team assignments. 

June 6th -12th: Production, ie. writing, shooting and recording the film. Workflow training.

June 12-14th: Editing our films from rough to final. Making Trailers.

June 14th: Screening our films on our last night during a special program giving thanks to our local community 

June 15th: Chartered Bus back to New Delhi for airport departures on June 16th.


COURSE OUTLINE

Good Karma Productions 2015: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING BOOTCAMP FOR WOMEN

Traveling with Gear Tips

Field Production Tools 

Cameras

  • DSLRs: Canon 5D Mark III, Mark II & 1DX
  • RED DRAGON 6K
  • GOPROS
  • DRONES
  • PERSONAL DEVICES: mobile phones & iPads

Audio

  • ZOOM H4N
  • Sennheiser Wireless Lavaliers
  • RODE Pro Video Shotgun Microphones
  • On-Camera systems

Lighting 

  • Portable ring lights
  • Bounce cards
  • Using natural light for dramatic effects

Directing & Interviewing

  • working with talent, crew, editors and local support
  • establishing trust and rapport
  • developing your questions and letting your subjects speak their truths

Crew Positions & Teamwork

  • Cinematographers and Camera Operators
  • Audio/Sound recordists
  • Still Photographers
  • Interviewers
  • Fixers & Production assistants
  • Digital technicians and workflow 
  • Editors & Assistant Editors

Workflow

  • Video, Audio, Lightroom 
  • Dailies & Rushes
  • Reviews & adjustments

Research & Pre-Production Planning

  • Writing the script
  • Shot List & Story boarding

Editing & Post Production

  • Setting up FCP / Premiere / AVID
  • Rough cuts, final review & picture lock
  • Sound & Color design