Behind the Scenes: Making Music Documentaries Workshop With Chelsea McMullan

Behind the Scenes: Making Music Documentaries
Saturday, January 23, 2016
10am – 4pm
LIFT/LOMAA Members and Students: $20.00
General: $30.00
Venue: VibraFusionLab/LOMAA – 355 Clarence Street
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Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2016

This interactive workshop covers the process of making music documentaries: conceptualizing and writing, production and post-production. Participants will brainstorm ideas, find the right approach for the band, learn documentary story telling techniques and work through the creative visualization process. Special focus will be given to creating a music documentary ‘guerilla style’ with only a limited or shoestring budget. Filmmakers are encouraged to discuss their current projects and works-in-progress in this forum, and bring visual material or songs from the band they are interested in working with. There will be time to discuss creative intervention and the music video form. This workshop is open to both musicians and filmmakers.

Chelsea McMullan’s films and projects have premiered at Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Photography Festival. Her award-winning shorts have been featured on Nowness, Dazed Digital, Vice, and in Vogue Italia magazine. Chelsea is a member of the artist co-operative What Matters Most and was an artist in residence at Fabrica, where she made the Genie-nominated short film Derailments, a tribute to the legacy of Federico Fellini. My Prairie Home, her musical documentary portrait of gender-neutral singer/songwriter Rae Spoon, won the 2013 Vancouver Film Critics’ Prize for Best Canadian Documentary and garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination. It is currently in distribution with the National Film Board of Canada. Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John is her second feature film.

This workshop is part of LIFT’s Touring Filmmaking Workshops with media arts centres throughout Ontario. The touring program is generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

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