Actors Make Films
Actors Make Films was a workshop that took place in and around New York City which facilitated the creation of short films led by the interests, impulses and intuition of the actors who choose to participate. Working with filmmakers Ragnar Freidank and…
Actors Make Films was a workshop that took place in and around New York City which facilitated the creation of short films led by the interests, impulses and intuition of the actors who choose to participate. Working with filmmakers Ragnar Freidank and Martin D. Anderson and with professional filmmaking tools, the participants devised the content and guided the rehearsing, shooting, editing and screening of their film.
The innovations in digital technology in recent years have resulted in an unprecedented and dramatic drop in the cost of shooting movies. Professional quality digital filmmaking tools are more affordable, portable and simpler to use than ever. Filmmaking is often called a “director’s medium,” and indeed there are many examples of directors taking advantage of these leaps in technology to make films that express their individual vision for little money. What, however, could this revolution mean for the actor? What opportunities, both in expression and collaboration, have been created for the actor by freeing the filmmaking process from the burden of great financial expense? We believe that it is now practically possible – for the first time, perhaps – to have an actor-centric filmmaking process, with actors informing and guiding rehearsing, shooting, editing, scoring, even the projecting of their film. The workshops we host work with such processes, and explore opportunities in this new arena.
The workshop consists of approximately seven stages.
1. Meet, Discuss, Learn
We gather together to get to know each other and learn more about the equipment.
2. Develop your film idea
Each participant has access to an online platform where you can share ideas, ask questions and make connections with other workshop participants.
3. Shoot together
Over the course of a weekend all the participants convene in a private home to explore and shoot each other’s films.
4. Shoot Individually
Each participant has an individual session to shoot at a location of their choice.
Each participant has time to become familiar with their footage online.
Each participant has an individual editing session to create their film.
We gather together at the end of the workshop for a private screening of everyone’s work.
Every actor is involved in the whole filming process (or whatever part interests them) and has ownership of their film.