1 Day Camera & Sound Workshop in collaboration with Goethe Institute supported by FINAS

Event: 1 Day Camera & Sound Workshop with German Filmmaker Marcus Vetter & Georg Zengerling.

THE CAMERA & SOUND WORKSHOP was a one-day workshop designed for documentary filmmakers.


The workshop was broken into two general sections.

1. Screening & analysis

The participants watched the film screening of “My Father the Turk” followed by an analytical discussion of the film and how engaging a personal story can be, but also how difficult it is to produce.

2. Case study & filming styles

The second part consisted of sample rough cuts of the trainers’ past projects. This is a case study of how problematic filming with one camera could be, due to lack of cutaways. The participants were also taught how to combat the issue by adding random shots that could add to the story.

Participants also learnt the different tips and tricks of how to get subjects to be comfortable with having a camera crew around, as well as the importance of blending in with their surroundings despite holding big equipments.


2 Day Camera & Sound Workshop in collaboration with Goethe Institute supported by FINAS

Event: 2 Day Camera & Sound Workshop with German Filmmaker Marcus Vetter and DOP Georg Zengerling.

THE CAMERA & SOUND WORKSHOP was a two-day workshop designed for documentary professionals.


The workshop was broken into four general sections.

1. Screening & analysis

The trainers shared their past projects followed by an analytical discussion of the different techniques of filmings and how that can affect the over all mood and feel of the story.

2. Type of equipments

The second part consisted of the different types of equipments available on the market today and what the features and uses are. Here, the participants learnt that minimalism is key. It was highlighted that keeping your equipment list small and light weight is how filmmakers can be fluid in keeping up with the pace of an unscripted shoot.

3. Practical training

After theoretically familiarising themselves with the equipments, participants were then able to try their hands at using the trainers’ go-to set up and learnt first hand how beneficial it was to keep their set up small. Each participants were able to rotate between using the camera, where they learnt about the importance of listening to their subjects in order to instinctively know where the camera should be pointing and also when the frame should be changed. While learning to work as the soundman, participants learnt the ability to be alert of interframing, while also ensuring that they are not missing out on any good soundbytes.

4. Workflow

Lastly, the participants learnt how to systematically ingest the footage that they have filmed and how to sync the audio & video via time codes. Here, it was noted that the rule is to make sure they organize their media well enough to a point where anyone involved in post-production will be able to understand the filing system without being guided.




Screening of ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ and Masterclass by Filmmaker Baby Ruth Villarama

Baby Ruth Villarama is a documentary journalist from the Philippines. She began doing international co-productions producing works for National Geographic Channel, NHK, EuroNews and British Council. She co-founded Voyage Studios & DokyuPeeps, which give voices to independent stories and filmmakers in the region by collaborating and connecting opportunities to grow as storytellers. She's a Chevening scholar who aspires to champion more SE Asian films reaching a more global audience.
Sunday Beauty Queen: Beneath Hong Kong's glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity.
In this masterclass, Baby Ruth shared everything from her process in research, co-productions, production and distribution.  This interactive discussion also covered the factors in promotion for ASEAN documentaries.

Film Screening of ‘Operation Sumatran Rhino’ and speech by Dr. Jane Goodall

Operation Sumatran Rhino is the first ever Malaysian produced documentary to receive a global broadcast on National Geographic Wild.  The documentary showcases the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) in their do or die mission to save Malaysia's critically endangered Sumatran rhino, a species that numbers less than 100 in the world, with less than 5 left in Malaysia. This show document’s BORA’s quest to find all remaining Sumatran rhinos in the rainforests of Sabah and breed them before it’s too late – a critical operation that’s charged with emotion, danger, tragedy and hope.

The night will be followed with a Q & A session with the filmmakers themselves and a speech by world renowned primatologist most known for her long-term study of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, Dr. Jane Goodall.

100% of proceeds from tickets sold will be going towards Borneo Rhino Alliance for their undying efforts in saving the Sumatran rhinos.

Date: 28th October 2016
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Petaling Jaya Live Arts
Price: RM30 per entry


Hands-on Practical 3 day International Trailer Workshop by the EDN supported by Finas

Learn how to edit a world class trailer for

your documentary project!

The EDN International Trailer Workshop is a three-day event focusing on the development of pitching pilots (aka trailers) for
four selected documentary projects.

All four projects will leave with a finished pilot in their hand. The workshop will end with a presentation of the participating projects, the goals achieved during the workshop and aims for the next steps of developments needed for the further development of the projects.

Who should participate?

The workshop is aimed at documentary professionals with a project in development. The level of the teaching will be high and based upon the experiences of the participants. We encourage teams of directors, producers and editors to participate together in the workshop, as the participating projects will go through developments in aspects of directing, producing and structuring of the story.

What will you learn?

During the first day we will provide a general introduction on editing pitch pilots and discuss the visual material connected to each project. Every project team will be asked to show a first draft of a pilot or key scenes from their material. From this material we will locate the strengths within the material and expose weaknesses and pitfalls.

Hereafter we will look at possible storylines, the psychology of the characters and their relationships in the film, visual style, style of editing, the emotional tone, ethical questions, genre and personal motivation for making the film. This will strengthen the filmmaker in the development of the pilot in particular and of the project in general. The participants will get a more detailed vision about what kind of film they want to make, and with this clarification they are better prepared to edit their pilot.

During the next days the participants will edit the pilot for their project. Teams will work in separate editing rooms and we will look at the pilots in an auditorium and compare the first impressions of each project with the work that has been done. The work with editing the pilot will be done in both individual sessions and in auditorium work.

Before & after the workshop there will be the possibility of having a Skype consultation with EDN.

To find out more, please  click here.



Introduction to Documentary Production Workshop by Sydney Suissa

Trainer; Sydney Suissa:

_mg_8515Trained as journalist, he began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working his way from production assistant to documentary producer to Executive Producer. In 2004 he moved to Washington DC to take on the position of Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic, a position he held until 2012.

He has launched numerous channels including History Television, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, and most recently Zoomoo (a pre- school channel).

AN INTRODUCTION TO DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION was a one-day workshop designed for new filmmakers and others interested in entering television production. The workshop examined the editorial and creative skills needed to guide filmmakers through the arc of making a documentary.

The emphasis was on story structure, research and interviewing techniques, and the basic rules of television writing. There was also an overview of cinematography and editing and how best to work with and manage your production team.

The goal was to provide filmmakers with useful and practical information to strengthen their confidence as they make their way through this wonderful world of documentary production.


The Art of Documentary Story Telling Workshop by Sydney Suissa

Trainer; Sydney Suissa:

img_3638Trained as journalist, he began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation working his way from production assistant to documentary producer to Executive Producer. In 2004 he moved to Washington DC to take on the position of Executive VP of Programming for National Geographic, a position he held until 2012.

He has launched numerous channels including History Television, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Adventure, and most recently Zoomoo (a pre- school channel).

THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING was a three-day interactive workshop designed for television professionals.

The workshop was broken into 3 sections:

The first covered the key elements of development and how to move from idea to proposal.

The second part focused on understanding the distinct structural components behind any good story and examining the editorial and technical crafts that transform that story into an engaging documentary (with special emphasis on writing and editing).

The third section explored the many techniques that can help you master the challenges of the major specialist factual genres: science, history, reality and presenter-led.




Documentary Film Screening and special Q & A with filmmaker and co-founder of Big Stories.


BIG STORIES, SMALL TOWNS is a multi-platform web documentary project from Australia gathering heart warming local stories from rural towns for a global audience

With multiple awards and recognition from international film festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW) and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), this is the first time BIG STORIES has been brought to Malaysia.

We brought the filmmaker, Nadira Ilana to share her experiences of being the first Malaysian to be given the opportunity to work with Big Stories on this project.  The Sabahan filmmaker’s previous films include the Freedom Film Fest 2013 winning documentary, The Silent Riot and Lastik: Once Upon a Time in the East, a short film for the Astro My Hometown series.

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This multi-platform web documentary project was helmed in Malaysia by Nadira Ilana. Extremely passionate about being a voice and platform to keep the traditions of her own cultural heritage alive, she spent a year in Sabah collaborating with locals to create a series of short documentaries and photographs. Empowering indigenous communities to tell their own stories and share them with the world.

Series producer, Martin Potter is also a guest at this session. He is an acclaimed documentary maker, artist and academic working across disciplines. His core interest is in working with communities to produce creative works central to their lives and relevant to the world that can facilitate profound communal transformation. He founded Plexus Films in 1998, now Closer Productions, and was creative director and producer until 2006 when he sold the company. He was Head of Production, Programs and Development at the Media Resource Centre from 2006 – 09 overseeing more than 300 productions including feature films, broadcast documentaries and online programs.



Documentary Film Screening & Masterclass (Walking Under Water)

Film: Walking Under Water


Masterclass by: Award winning filmmaker Eliza Kubarska & cameraman David Kaszlikowski

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Objectives taught at the workshop:

• Where did we come from? Artistic background and the passion for adventure as a tool for creative solutions.

• Development stage.  Working to develope your story, how do you choose your protatgonists?

• On location work. Difficulties of the far away and unknown locations. Problems solving during extreme locations projects. How to work with the people when you don’t know their language.

• Visual beauty and filming  vs. storyline. How modern film-making interacts with the story you want to tell.

• Financial issues. How do you fund your film?

• My film crew. A film as a result of team work.

• Feature films vs formated for TV



The Cinematographer and the Sound Recordist Workshop

Cinematography Trainer Wong Chin Hor;


Bronze Winner at the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for Cinematography 2015/16 and Winner of Best Cinematography at the Malaysian Documentary Awards 2013.

Chin Hor took the the participants through an extensive and thorough keynote session, sharing many examples and experiences along the way. There was constant interaction with the participants throughout the day. At the end of the workshop, Chin Hor shared practical tips and was available for further questions and assistance to those who wanted to discuss things further.

Some of the topics covered in the workshop included:

  • Story Story Story - the relationship with the story and the director
  • Mindset and practices - eg caring for you gear, showing initiative, know yourcraft, discipline, listen, communicate, be professional etc
  • Master the basics - Exposure, Focus, framing, balance, adjust color/contrast,B&W, setting the tripod, care for sound etc
  • Prep - Shot list, gear etc
  • Camera’s - types of camera’s and lenses available to use for differentsituations
  • B-Roll and their significance
  • The unique relationship between the cameramen and the sound recordist

Sound Recordist Trainer Helmi Hamren a.k.a Jimy


Regarded as one of the best Sound Recordist in the region, Jimy is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been in working the industry since 1994. He has worked on various projects including commercials, TV dramas and documentaries for local and international production houses.

During the Workshop Jimy shared many tips of the trade, including:

•  How to set the correct sound levels,
•  What type of equipment works best for certain situations,
•  How to correctly attach a lapel mic on many different types of materials
•  How to work well with your team (especially the cinematographer)