In 2013, Ateliers Varan’s world-renowned 12 week documentary filmmaking workshop now also runs as a 7 week workshop. Additionally, Ateliers Varan offers new professionalising workshops exploring contemporary documentary practices, from the writing of a project to the conception/directing of a web documentary, from hands-on editing to deep understanding of the relationship between image and sound. In 2013, two workshop took place in Corsica.
documentary filmmaking workshop
This workshop welcomes all those with a first experience of documentary filmmaking wishing to perfect directing skills or on the lookout for a career shift. All the steps of documentary filmmaking are reviewed, from initial conception to editing (assisted by professional editors) to the moral, intellectual, aesthetical issues brought up through the act of filming.
from September 23 to December 14 2013, 12 weeks (420 hours)
hands-on documentary filmmaking / Summer
During this very intensive workshop, you’ll be confronted to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Following a short period of technical initiation, analysis of reference films, recceeing and writing, everyone moves on to action by shooting a short film on an imposed theme ; this workshop coupled with “hands-on documentary editing” also allows you to assess the essential relationship between filmmaker and editor.
From June 3 to July 20 2013, 7 weeks (245 hours)
hands-on documentary editing
"Hands-on documentary editing” and “hands-on documentary filmmaking” sessions take place simultaneously. A common-core program introducing theoretical perspectives and practical exercises allows for beginner editors to acquire methodology and experience. Then, as they move on to editing two of the filmmakers’ films, they experience, on a real-life scale, documentary editing as a form of writing or narration. It brings to light just how high and demanding the requirements in this field are.
from June 3 to July 20 2013, 7 weeks (245 hours)
confronting documentary writing to editing
This workshop provides its participants with the basic tools and notions for understanding documentary filmmaking from various points of view : image, sound, dramatic writing and script.
Editing hands-on helps understand the ins and outs of narration, the specificities of documentary writing (time, space, status of narrator) and the relationship between editing and directing.
From April 15 to May 3 2013, 3 weeks (105 hours)
writing/developing a documentary project
This practical and theoretical workshop clearly brings to the foreground the issues of documentary filmmaking. Taking into account the specificity of film writing, the project is given shape and structure to ready its presentation to potential production partners, funding commissions and institutions.
5 sessions from mi-May to October 2013, 6 weeks (210 hours)
creating sound for films
Initiated with Daniel Deshays, “Creating sound for films “ welcomes those wishing to question the art of documentary filmmaking through its sound form. From sound recording to mixing, from film screenings to exercises, this workshop explores the different ways of making sound for films and provides participants with practical sound-writing tools.
From June 10 to June 14 and June 24 to 28 2013, 2 weeks (70 hours)
images and sounds in documentary
During a documentary film shooting, like jazz soloists, cameramen and sound operators are confronted to improvised situations requiring rapid-fire awareness, reactivity and sense of anticipation. The story is shaped by their ability to make the right intuitive and technical choices. This workshop, created with Jean-Louis Berdot and Laurent Chevalier, helps the camera and sound team strengthen their bonds over very varied configurations.
From 9 to September 20 2013, 2 weeks (70 hours)
web-documentary conception and making
Participants write, develop and make a web-documentary, taking it from initial concept to web-publishing, in the spirit of documentary culture.
hands-on documentary filmmaking / Corsica
During this very intensive workshop, you’ll be confronted to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Following a short period of technical initiation, analysis of reference films, recceeing and writing, everyone moves on to action by shooting a short film on an imposed theme.
From September 9 to october 26 2013, 7 weeks (245 hours)
writing workshop / Corsica
From 17 to 38 June 2013, 2 weeks (70 hours)