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The Festival Workshops Are Here!

Nine exceptional ways to get your young movie lover thinking, learning, and creating—all while having fun.

With experiences ranging from intensive immersion to light and interactive, the Festival Workshops offer unique access to leading industry professionals from around the world who help kids learn today's cutting-edge techniques of filmmaking firsthand. This year's remarkable selections include cinematography, computer animation, stop-motion animation, motion-capture, and improvisational acting.

Documenting Daily Drama (Workshop)

Andre Hormann and Thomas Bergmann

Saturday, October 25
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Facets
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Limit: 15 children, Ages 12–15

Learn the basics of computer animation. Join CICFF 2014 featured director André Hörmann and cinematographer Thomas Bergmann as they introduce the techniques behind documentary filmmaking. This day long group workshop explores the basic skills of documentary filmmaking and surveys sound production, cinematography, and storytelling for moving images. Learn interview basics and how to bring stories out of real-life subjects' actual experiences. The end result of the workshop is the creation of a short documentary focused on heroes, villains, romance, and the big drama in the young filmmakers' daily lives.

André Hörmann

  • Berlin-based documentary filmmaker
  • Graduate of prestigious University for Film and Television (HFF Konrad Wolf , Potsdam-Babelsberg)
  • Writer, producer, director of feature films, short films, television episodes
  • Currently completing a documentary set in the South Side Chicago boxing community

Thomas Bergmann

  • Berlin-based documentary filmmaker, cinematographer
  • Films have screened at such festivals as the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival; the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam; and the International DCO-Festival, Leipzig
  • Graduate of prestigious University for Film and Television (HFF Konrad Wolf, Potsdam-Babelsberg)

Registration: $35 Facets members, $40 non-members

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Documentaries for Young Audiences
—Peer to Peer Panel (Discussion)

Panelists

Sunday, October 26
3:00 pm
Facets
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Limit: 60 children, Ages 15+

Documentaries for children and youth is a widely valuable and respected genre. In this panel, we will explore many questions related to the production, distribution, and reception of the genre. Some questions we will explore are: How can these films receive exposure in more accessible children's media outlets? What do young media critics want to view? What is the role of television in the production and distribution of these films? How can we connect young audiences with documentaries? What is the best use of documentaries in schools and classrooms? What are the ethics of these documentaries? Are there gender-based differences in a documentary approach for youth?

Panel members include:

  • André Hörmann (Germany), Sharukh—On the Road to Happiness and Bhavini—I Just Want to Dance, CICFF 2014, CICFF 2013 Loden the Little Monk
  • Katherine Mahalic (USA), Welcome to Unity CICFF 2014 and The Vacuum Kid CICFF 2011
  • Margaret Caples, Executive Director Community Film Workshop of Chicago
  • Ifé Olatunji (Chicago), Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaker, Visual Anthropologist
  • Members of CICFF adult, children, and youth juries

Registration: FREE for to Festival Accredited Guests and Facets members, $10 non-members

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iPad Animation Tots and Tablets
(Parent & Child Workshop)

George Berlin
Toon Boom

Saturday, November 1
11:00 am–2:00 pm
350 East South Water Street., Chicago
Limit: 30 kids and 30 adults (one child + one adult), Ages 5–8

Looking to learn how to make computer animations on an iPad to share with friends and family? In this three-hour workshop, animator extraordinaire, George Berlin, will teach you the fundamentals of computer animations with the free (!) app, Flip Boom Cartoon. Learn how to sketch spiffy characters with digital pens, crayons and paintbrushes, and then add them to a storyboard, create fun backgrounds, and finally bring them to life! After the workshop, participants will be able to share their new animated films with friends or send them to their personal computer to perfect them at home!

Registration: $40 Facets members, $45 non-members
Registration is for both parent and child (one child + one adult)

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Clean It Up in Post (An Editing Workshop)

Editing workshop

Saturday, November 1
11:00 am–4:00 pm
Facets
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Limit: 15 children, Ages 10–13

Editing is one of the most important elements in filmmaking. It gives a good movie the extra life that allows it to transport viewers to a new place altogether. In this workshop, Jeff Sweeton—editor, independent director and producer, computer programmer, technology educator, and CICFF jury member (oh my!)—will cover the essentials for any growing editor in all three stages of filmmaking: preproduction, production, and postproduction. This workshop will help sharpen editing techniques by focusing on shot construction, proper use of space and depth, how to integrate found footage, and how to turn original footage into a complete film.

Jeff has also led workshops at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation and is a mentor and trainer for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, started at MIT.

Registration: $35 Facets members, $40 non-members

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Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book,
Page to Screen (Workshop)

The Graveyard Book cover illustration

Saturday, November 1
11:00 am–4:00 pm
Facets
1517 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago
Limit: 15 children, Ages 8–10

Want to go behind the scenes AND act like a ghoul all in the same afternoon? Join us for a haunted workshop as we resurrect The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, the Newbery Award winning genius who brought us Coraline. During the workshop, participants will help turn this creepy classic into a live-action short film. Working as a team, the fellow filmmakers will learn camera techniques, shot composition, and green screen basics in order to write, direct, and star in their own haunting adaptation.

Registration: $35 Facets members, $40 non-members

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Character Acting for Television
(Presentation and Q&A)

Harvey Guillen

Saturday, November 1
5:00 pm–6:30 pm
Facets
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
Limit: 30 children, Ages 11+

What is the difference between working in film production and in television production? What does it take to be a stand-out character actor? During this presentation and Q&A, attendees will learn from Harvey Guillen's wit and insight as he reflects on his experience in the film and television industry. Come out to pick up easy-to-use tips, view clips from Harvey's work, and ask him questions about the many roles he has played in front of and behind the camera. Star of CICFF's 2010 El Tux (HBO) and writer/ director of this year's The Anti-Bullying Bully Gets Bulllied, Harvey Guillen is currently filming an MTV series based on R.L. Stine's bestselling book, Eye Candy, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and starring Victoria Justice (Zoey 101).

Registration: $10 Facets members, $15 non-members

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Mock Doc—Documentary Filmmaking
(Workshop)

Katie Mahalic and Suruchi Pahwa

Sunday, November 2
10:30 am–2:30 pm
Facets
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
Limit: 20 children, Ages 11–14

Participants will learn how to make a film with a cast of their own imaginary friends or of their favorite pre-existing fictional characters! Working in teams, they will make their own "mockumentary" based around the lives of the characters of their choice. Join award-winning director, Katie Mahalic (The Vacuum Kid, Welcome to Unity) and filmmaker Suruchi Pahwa for this hands-on workshop and discover the techniques essential to fiction and documentary filmmaking. Participants will come away with easy-to-implement techniques to conduct interviews, create character development, and interview.

Registration: $35 Facets members, $40 non-members

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Pixilate This! Stop-Motion Animation
(Workshop)

Meghann Artes

Sunday, November 2
11:30 am–2:00 pm
Facets
1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago
Limit: 15 children, Ages 8–10

Ever been curious about how filmmakers create special effects using stop motion and pixilation? Learn how using tips and techniques from Festival filmmaker, Meghann Artes (Speed Dating). Widely used by such filmmakers as Michel Gondry and PES, as well as musicians like Peter Gabriel, Kanye West, and Coldplay, these innovative special effects techniques allow objects and people to move in any imaginable way! By viewing CICFF films Peter Pix (Denmark) and Speed Dating (USA), workshop participants will become familiar with an easy and innovative way to tell stories before the dive in and start making films of their own. Meghann Artes is an award-winning filmmaker and animator who has worked with Sesame Street, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, Nick Jr., NBC and ABC. Her short films have enjoyed success in festivals across the country and, in 2009, her work for Sesame Street was awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody.

Registration: $35 Facets members, $40 non-members

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