Last week, my team at CineMavericks collaborated with #NERF to create an amazing world where kids unlocked their imaginations and learned to become content creators!
This was an action-packed event, where a hundred 8 to12 year-olds learned to capture videos, create unique trickshot scenarios, edit their team's clips, and upload their finished products to YouTube - all in 3 hours! For this, our CineMavericks filmmaking experts in camera & lighting, post-production, and perfo
Recently, I had the chance to rediscover theatre. I went to see a play, for the first time since restrictions have eased here in the UK. This passed summer marked our one year of CineMavericks, and we were really busy with our summer virtual film camps and in-person school workshops. Getting back on track with teaching was important, but I realised that so was keeping up with cultural events here in London. For me, being inspired helps me inspire others. And I have to admit,
This week, I taught our signature Filmmaking Essentials class to a group of young people who are part of the Jack And Jill Leadership Program in the US: https://www.bcjjoa.com. As this initiative focuses on #youthempowerment, it was a no-brainer to use #BlackPanther as an example of a strong production that is both diverse in its representation, and inspiring in its messaging. Lensing Black Panther In terms of the way it was filmed, not only was this the first big-budget firs
Recently at CineMavericks, I have taken students through a few cinematic techniques, from jump cuts to using diegetic sounds as music. There are so many ways to tell a story, and getting to know the different tools that are accessible to us as filmmakers can really expand our imaginations. I wanted to share with you one of my personal favorites, which is the continuous shot. One of my early cinematic inspirations has been Terrence Malick's "The New World", an underrated live
This week at CineMavericks, we have been reviewing what makes our courses tick! After joining Outschool and holding 4 classes, we have taken the time to re-evaluate how virtual learning can really benefit creativity in young people. After going online this summer due to the pandemic, we have evolved into expanding our online offering, and even feeling that this format works better than a traditional film school that limits itself to one location (and a specific group of peopl
This week at CineMavericks, we have been giving virtual workshops to Birkbeck, University of London students! It's been really fun to work with learners logged in from all over the world, and in making their films we focused on the art of improvisation. Why it's important to YES AND: you listen and agree! You contribute! You are part of the solution! Improv Games When you're making films at home, with your personal devices, a lot of times you'll be acting in the films while s
That's a wrap on our Fall 2020 courses! Here at CineMavericks, students have really resonated with the idea of an archetype, and during our program we explore the "wild woman" archetype in classic folktales - and how this can be applied in developing characters for their films! So, it has inspired me to share with you a spoken-word poem about the female intuition, that is filled with wisdom and wonderful imagery. Have a listen! If I Had a Daughter Here are some of my favourit