This course, titled Artist as Producer and Director, is designed to place the artist in the role of producer and director where commonly, the artist is responsible for all aspects of their production when working with a smaller production crew or equally working independently. This course aims to provide visual artists with the knowledge and experience and the practical skill-sets to achieve an efficient and effective workflow from planning, to production, to the post-production process when developing their moving-image production. Crucially, the course aims to focus on choosing the tools and workflow that best suit the artistic idea, placing the artist’s autonomy and independence at the heart of the process and workflow.
For this course, two specific types of camera bodies will be used: The Fuji XT3 and the Black Magic Cinema Pocket Camera. Over the duration of the course, you will experience how both cameras can be rigged up with a range of accessories and optional equipment to make the user experience more efficient and effective. Also primarily, to achieve more professional control over the image including the role of sound in the production process.
As a group, you will learn methods of how to plan your production. Going through the steps of how to work as a small crew in consideration of roles such as: camera operator, camera assistant, focus puller, sound, grip, and data wrangler for example. While this course is not a post-production video editing course, having an understanding of resolutions, file formats, file types and consideration of video editing software will be discussed. As a whole, having an understanding of the full workflow, will provide each participant with a greater knowledge when working as producer and/or director of their own productions.
● To have basic experience in working with moving image, sound, and editing.
● To have a practice or project where your participation on the course would benefit the development of your work.
Tadhg O’Sullivan is a film-maker, editor and sound artist based in Carlow. His work has screened at numerous international film festivals including MoMA Doc Fortnight, FiD Marseilles, CPH:DOX and numerous others. His latest project is an archive-led essay film about the moon, funded by the Arts Council, Screen Ireland, ARTE (France) and YLE (Finland).
Feargal Ward is a filmmaker and artist based in Berlin. His work as a director and camera operator has been screened and broadcast internationally including IDFA, HotDocs, Moscow IFF, DocumentaMadrid, Al Jazeera, NDR, Channel 4 and YLE. His feature doc The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid had its world premiere in the main competition of IDFA Amsterdam and is still screening at film festivals worldwide.