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DSLR & large sensor camera workshop for documentary at Islands.doc in Madeira

DSLR & large sensor camera workshop for documentary at Islands.doc in Madeira
Nino Leitner

I am very happy to announce that I will be giving a 2-day DSLR and large sensor camera workshop for documentary filmmaking at islands.doc, a three day documentary showcase held at the award winning building Centro das Artes on the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal, from June 16-17.

The best thing about it – apart from the amazing location – it’s completely free, as is the entire festival!! They are showing some amazing films there, for example Press Pause Play.

So in case you are around or can make a spontaneous trip to this beautiful place, definitely go ahead and come! I have never been to Madeira so I am really looking forward to spending a few days there. It’s the perfect place to spend a few days off too, so you might be able to combine the workshop / film festival with a short vacation.

This being a documentary festival – probably my favourite thing to shoot – I will focus the workshop around documentary filmmaking.

Here’s what I will cover in detail:

  • Know your camera – DSLRs & large sensor cameras
  • Sound recording & interviewing techniques
  • Approaching a shoot & planning
  • Picking a subject for documentary & researching
  • Camera movement, framing & shot sizes
  • Cinematic storytelling with the right choice of lenses, camera positioning and lighting
  • Showing own examples of my documentary work and how I approached them, what I did and why – and how I would do it differently now.
  • Timelapsing – theory & demonstration
  • Post Production – some theory on editing documentaries and “making” the film, what do look at and how to deal with the amounts of footage

I am looking forward to meeting you all there. If you want to take part, get in touch with me, and I’ll forward your request to the organizer!

There are only a few remaining spaces available, so please hurry up.

The amazing architecture of the screening Room at Centro das Artes in Madeira


Centro das Artes in Madeira


  1. Hi Nino,
    How did it go?
    I was in Madeira many years ago shooting hotels for Tui [before the recession]. Lovely people, very chilled place. And lovely black beaches!


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