Stefano Casertano is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Berlin since 2006, CEO of the production company “Daring House”. His last film as director “People of Love and Rage” won the Eindhoven FIlm Festival and the Special Mention of the Jury at the Rome Independent Film Festival. As a producer, his animated short “The Ballad of the Homeless” screened at the Cannes Film Festival, won a Nastro d’Argento, was a candidate at the David di Donatello and won the LA Short Fest, being shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Stefano is currently producing his fourth documentary “Eighteen Penalties” about the story of the football matches between Italy and Germany produced by Istituto Luce and Lichtblick Film, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Culture and the German Film Funding Institute.
Stefano also serves as producer and filmmaker for video productions for media outlets such as El Paìs, Sky, La7, RBB, and Rai.
Before embarking on his film career, Stefano completed an MBA in Media and Communication at Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. “Magna cum Laude” in International Politics at Potsdam University in Germany. He has been an international correspondent for Linkiesta.it, Finanza & Mercati and Pagina99, and his articles have appeared in World Affairs, Project Syndicate and RealClearWorld.
Learn all the secrets to operate a videocamera or a DSLR camera and create professional videos.
From the technique of holding a camera, to lenses selection and picture profiles: basic and advanced skills will be covered in the program.
The course aims at creating professionals for the video production world, be it for commercial or private endeavors. Videomaking is a skill required in any branch of promotion, and companies are creating positions such as that of “Video Content Managers” to satisfy the new communication request.
The course is held in cooperation with the production company Daring House, certified video supplier of primary European media outlets. Daring House is also a film and video production company for cinema and TV.
DSLR or camcorders are not required to attend the course but are a strong plus in order to practice. Any model is accepted. The course will be based on a Sony FS5 and a Canon 5D Mark IV.
The program consists of 8 lessons that will be held at the Daring House studio in Berlin Mitte and at the Klickoo fotostudios in Mitte.
Basic concepts and tools
- What is filmmaking?
- What does a filmmaker do?
- Choosing your camera: Videocam vs. DSLR
- Starting with an iphone
- Camera technology: how does a camera work
- The right body stance to shoot without a tripod
- A taste for shooting: how to build a shooting frame
- Pan shots vs fixed
- Video recording formats I
- What is a rig
- Do you need a rig?
- Rig vs. handheld
Camera II – Focus and focal length
- Manual focus: why is it so important
- Focal length: what is the mm of a lens
- Wide lenses (14-35mm) and when to use them
- Portrait lenses (35-85mm) and when to use them
- Close-up lenses (85-200mm) and when to use them
- To zoom or not to zoom
- Basics of audio recording
- The audio environment and the right audio recording
- Audio recording formats
Audio II – External vs. Internal recording
- What will you need
- How to create a decent in-camera recording
- Using a gaffer vs. Spearmount
- How to reconnect audio to video
Light technique I – Natural light
- Why is light so important
- Shooting with natural light
- Positioning yourself and/or your subject
- It’s not just the light – pay attention to the audio
Camera IV – ISO/Gain
- What is ISO/Gain
- How to work with ISO/Gain
- What ISO/Gain is better for my project?
Camera V – Framerate
- What is the framerate?
- 24fps and the cinema look
- Shooting an action scene
Light technique II – Interview light
- What will you need
- How to create a set with one light
- How to create a set with two lights
- How to create a set with three or more lights
Camera VI – How do ISO/Gain, Aperture and Framerate relate
- The one formula you shall remember
- The quality of a lens: aperture
- How to use the formula in documentary filmmaking
- Commercial vs. Professional cameras
- The concept of bitrate
- The concept of codecs
Camera VI – ND Filters
- What is an ND filter
- How to use them to achieve the look you want
- ND filters and backlight
Camera VII – Picture profiles
- What is a picture profile
- How to chose the right one for your project
- Shoulder rigs
- When handheld is better