DOCSHOP 2018: Film + Technology

The workshops and panels for DocShop 2018 will focus on the intersection of film and technology. As filmmakers, our medium is rapidly changing and it is difficult, yet essential, to keep up with technological trends. DocShop 2018 will explore innovative cameras and production equipment, multi-media platforms for distribution, and how to navigate the increasingly prominent world of virtual reality. We will also entertain critical conversation about disruptive ramifications of tech on documentary and implications for the future of this storytelling form. Through workshops and panels we will hear from peers, trendsetters and innovators, including Vimeo, Vulcan Productions, Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca Film Institute, Gravitas Ventures, Seed & Spark, ITVS and more. 

DocShop Passes are $150 and include admission to all sessions and DocShop special events (happy hour, Pitch day party) as well as a 5-punch pass for film screenings. Single session tickets can be purchased at the door for $10. DocShop is FREE for students from the University of Montana and Montana State University.

SCHEDULE*

*Below is the working schedule for DocShop 2018. Please note, session dates and times may change, more information will be added as speakers are confirmed. DocShop location, pass information and other intel will be updated here, stay tuned!

MONDAY - FEB 19

DESIGN, DISRUPTION, AND DOC: TECH CHOICES FOR THE MODERN FILMMAKER


Innovation in Doc Film with Big Sky Filmmakers
These filmmakers push the definition of non-fiction film to see what lies at its boundaries. Each provides their perspective on the benefits and consequences of tech savvy in filmmaking from development to distribution. Does story get sacrificed as filmmakers attempt to keep up with technology advancements in filmmaking tech? Where shoud high-tech be a priority and where can you get away with more conservative or traditional techniques and equipment?

Filmmaking Technology in Extreme Environments

Tools for success in the backcountry, at high altitudes, in the third world, conflict and war zones, and the frontlines of 21st century protests.

Analog Warriors in a Digital World

Low tech, low profile, old tech meets new world. These filmmakers make the case for simplicity in a world of advanced gadgetry.

Master Class with Retrospective Filmmaker Kirby Dick

 

TUESDAY - FEB 20

BELLS & WHISTLES: CUTTING EDGE EQUIPMENT FOR DOCS


Virtual Reality meets Documentary

VR is not for the masses...yet. Considering that VR exhibitions are largely available only at film festivals, museums, special events and other niche venues, these creators talk about the future of VR and the holistic value of a medium with prolific popularity among investors and high level creators.

High Tech, Big Impact

These filmmakers pulled out all the stops, leveraging high tech media to make a lasting impression on audiences and transform a message into a movement. 

Film Tech Workshops

Tuesday afternoon find a breakout session for hands on learning with tech and equipment pros. Hack together the ideal toolkit for your solo or small crew shoot without sacrificing quality. Learn how to manage 4K, 360 and other hi-res workflow and storage solutions. Get VR documentary tips and tricks from filmmakers paving the way in this new genre.

 

WEDNESDAY - FEB 21

MULTIMEDIA TOOLKIT: FORMS, FORUMS AND FRONTIERS


Panel: The Intersection of Audio Doc and Doc Film

Lessons from the fastest growing medium in the doc genre with filmmakers and audio producers

Workshop: Vimeo Case Studies

Join Vimeo’s Ian Durkin for advice from the Senior Curator of THE filmmaker's online community. This workshop will provide insight into Vimeo Staff Picks as well as discuss best practices for online video release.

Workshop: The Art of the Pitch

Get more out of pitching your doc work-in-progress. Advice from Tribeca Film Institute on best practices for pitching to industry professionals. 

The Evolution of New Frontier

Senior Programmer and Chief Curator of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival Shari Frilot shares her point of view from the exciting front lines of a changing medium.

 

THURSDAY - FEB 22

BIG SKY PITCH & TFI IF/THEN SHORTS PITCH


Big Sky Pitch​

Tribeca Film Institute IF/THEN Shorts Pitch

 

FRIDAY - FEB 23

THE INNOVATOR'S MEDIUM 


Social Media Charm School

Have a spare couple of hundred thousand dollars laying around to spend on billboards and commercials promoting your film? Cool, cool. Then this workshop isn’t for you. If you *don’t* have unlimited resources, Social Media Charm School is a great place to start in terms of learning how to use the internet to find, connect with, and charm your potential audience so that, when you finish your film, there’ll actually be someone ready to watch it!

Staying Ahead of the Distribution Curve

Courting festivals while you're shooting? Talking to distributors while you're crowdfunding? Finding your audience while you're in development? Filmmaking is not a linear process, and these distributors help you keep the finish line in mind at every stage of production. 

        - With Brian Newman (Sub-genre), Scott Kaplan (Gravitas Ventures) and Ian Durkin (Vimeo)

The Futureists - Diversity in Innovation

The advent of new technology provides a space for diverse voices, perspectives and access, opening a door to innovators of all colors, genders and backgrounds. The media created as a result is better for it. Hear from this spectrum of minds helping define the future of filmmaking.  

 


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