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The Cinematic Filmmaking Workshop
3 Modules
4hrs of Content
Join RJ Bruni for a 3-part workshop intensive designed for you to walk away with your own compelling short film. Learn the essential elements to build your vision – then bring it to life through pre-pro, production, and post.
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Learn How to
Make a short film from start-to-finish
Control emotion and energy with camera movement
Select different types of camera support & how your choice can affect the story
Direct talent to align with vision for film
Pre production can take your films from good to great
Create polished edits complete with mixing & sound design

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Join RJ Bruni for a 3-part workshop intensive designed for you to walk away with your own compelling short film. Learn the essential elements to build your vision – then bring it to life through pre-pro, production, and post.

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Workshop Episodes

9:47

Ep

1

Meet RJ - Content But Not Satisfied

In this captivating portrait film, meet and learn about your instructor, RJ Bruni. Hear about his perspective on filmmaking, what drives him as a creator, and why he believes it is paramount to evoke emotion in our work.

2:20

Ep

2

Welcome to the Workshop

RJ sits down to discuss his goals for the workshop, and his driving focus of creating films that move people. In this workshop you will follow along with RJ as he creates his own short film, diving deep into every aspect of production so you are guaranteed to come away with a film you are proud of.

1:48

Ep

3

Defining Cinematic: Creating With Intention

What defines cinematic? Listen as RJ breaks through some common misconceptions about what it takes to create cinematic films, setting the tone that the most important decision we can make is to create with intention.

8:09

Ep

4

Camera Settings For filmmaking

Jumping right in, this lesson lays out the basics of capturing video and camera settings to achieve the best results. Complete with supporting examples and footage, this captivating episode will get you up to speed and capturing beautiful video in no time.

5:12

Ep

5

Prime Lenses vs. Zoom

Lens choice is one of the most important considerations in filmmaking, and whether you are building your kit from scratch or looking to expand – RJ walks through the options available. A breakout lesson on focal length gives a deep dive on compression and the way it affects a viewer in film, ultimately guiding your lens choice for a scene.

4:29

Ep

6

The Importance of Audio

Audio is a vital part of any film, and while we may not notice when it is good, it is very obvious if it is bad. RJ demonstrates its importance through a short example piece before diving into different styles of mics, where and when to use each style, and some techniques to capture crisp and clear audio.

1:52

Ep

7

Upgrading Your Camera

It’s important to remember RJ’s philosophy that we can absolutely create great films with the gear that we have (even an iPhone). But if you’re ready to make the jump and upgrade your kit, this episode gives a great overview of what to look for in your next camera.

9:38

Ep

8

Handheld vs Stabilizer vs Tripod

Specific camera movements help guide the viewer through each scene, and match the tone to the type of feeling you are trying to convey. RJ takes you into the field to shoot a multi-sequence film to demonstrate how each camera support system can change the feeling of the film, and what to think of when planning your scenes.

4:37

Ep

9

Filmmaking Accessories

Filmmaking as an industry relies heavily on renting the right gear for the job, but there are a few essential tools that every filmmaker should have in their kit to make their life easier. Learn from RJ what accessories he always has with him and how he utilizes them in the field.

1:39

Ep

10

Document Your Life

It’s easy to get caught up in your work, but it’s so important to document the everyday details that make up your life. RJ poses a challenge to you to document the stories around you, and also reveals the surprising benefit from doing so.

2:04

Ep

11

Shooting with Different Mediums

It is very easy to get caught up with the latest and greatest cameras to shoot high definition footage, but there is a ton of value to be gained from experimenting with other mediums including film. Following his mantra, RJ uses other mediums to create with intention and deliver a feeling of nostalgia in his work.

14:53

Ep

12

Assignment: Creating a Visual Sequence

In the first assignment of the workshop RJ tasks you with creating your own visual sequence, which you will then have the opportunity to submit for feedback from RJ himself. This is an exercise that he used early on in his career to sharpen his skills, and gain measurable results. In addition, RJ will take you along on an immersive field episode to show you each step of creating his own short sequence so that you can learn in real time - including hearing him direct his talent - ultimately seeing the final film that results from the shoot.

Ep

13

Live Lesson: Feedback Session with RJ

Join RJ for a live group lesson where he will give feedback on selected visual sequences created by students. This opportunity will help you learn what worked well and what areas you could improve on in your sequence, as well as see and learn from other students submissions. This live lesson is scheduled to take place on July 8th, 2021, with submissions due July 5th.

1:54

Ep

14

Your Purpose in Storytelling

As the workshop shifts from fundamentals to pre-production, it’s important to know who you are as a storyteller and how it will help you find a direction in your work. RJ walks you through his own purpose, and encourages you to find your own purpose while describing the impact it can have on your films.

7:16

Ep

15

Finding a Story

A great film starts with a great story – and there is an art to finding one. Through his years as a filmmaker RJ has refined the way he discovers these stories, and it all starts with curiosity. Learn the steps RJ uses, and see him use them in real life as he reveals the subject of his next film - which will guide the rest of the workshop in a learn-by-example style.

10:34

Ep

16

Difference Between Good and Great: Pre Production

It’s easy to run into the field and start capturing footage, but there is a process to creating great work and it all revolves around pre-production. RJ always starts with digging deeper on his subject's story, and shares the question and answer format from his example film. As an added bonus, a downloadable template is included with the workshop complete with the questions RJ uses to pull out additional details for his story.

14:27

Ep

17

Planning Our Film

RJ shares with you his creative brief, designed to ensure everyone involved in the project is on the same page. A good creative brief helps to ensure there are no surprises, and the film has a strong backbone from the get go. As an added bonus, a downloadable template is included to help you create your own creative brief for the film.

11:37

Ep

18

Planning Our Scenes

Planning out each scene allows you to arrive on set and know exactly what needs to be captured, and how. RJ walks you through two of the scenes from the example film he is creating, which allows you to have a real world example of how the shots are planned out. As an added bonus, a downloadable template is included to assist you in planning your own scenes.

9:22

Ep

19

Mood Boards / Pitch Deck

The final element in the planning stages of your film is to create mood boards of the look and feel you are trying to achieve, and a pitch deck that serves as a visual representation of the entire project. This will help everyone involved in the project to be on the same page, and you can even use the deck to attract clients to sign on and back the project. As an added bonus, a downloadable template is included to assist you in creating your first pitch deck.

3:24

Ep

20

Assignment: Planning Your Project

In this last assignment of Part 1 of the workshop, RJ gives you some final words of encouragement and tasks you with planning your film. You will then take this plan to bring your film to life in Part 2 of the workshop, Production, and finally seeing it come full circle in Part 3 of the workshop, Editing. The final result will be a film that you have produced, shot, and edited by the end of this workshop. Additionally, RJ will be hosting a live Q&A for all students to help work out any problems they are facing in the pre-production stages, helping to ensure your film is as strong as possible from the beginning.

Ep

21

Live Lesson: Q&A Session with RJ

Have any questions on the pre-production process? Stuck on an element of your creative brief? In this live group lesson you will have the opportunity to ask RJ so that you can push past the barriers and keep progressing as a filmmaker. This live lesson is scheduled to take place on July 8th, 2021, following the feedback session.

Learn How to
Make a short film from start-to-finish
Control emotion and energy with camera movement
Select different types of camera support & how your choice can affect the story
Direct talent to align with vision for film
Pre production can take your films from good to great
Create polished edits complete with mixing & sound design
  • 3 Modules
  • 4hrs of Content
  • 3 Modules
  • 4hrs of Content
  • 2 Film Assignments

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Reviews

Students give our workshops an
average of 4.8 out of 5 stars

Great workshop
Josh
I thought it was incredible, I really like the way RJ goes about it all. He is so relaxed and composed about his work. It felt very engaging and informative. Thank you to the team!!
Making sense of all things film
Alex Beaucage
Everything made so much sense. RJ is incredibly intentional in everything he does. It's unreal to have access to his full process in this class. As a filmmaker myself, it can be overwhelming at times, keeping it all in your mind. Seeing another creative like RJ, working thru the similar systems and workflows of his own is super insightful and reaffirming. I'd recommend this class as much for beginners as for experts. RJ is a great teacher and filmmaker. Super easy to listen to for hours straight. I loved this workshop. It was clean, well produced and easy to follow along. I can't believe how smooth he was on set too, turning to the BTS camera and teaching in real time. Mad respect.
Very Intentional Workshop
Thomas Rowland
RJ's workshop gave me the confidence and practical knowledge I needed to pursue short film production. Without this workshop I'm not sure I would have ever taken the leap of faith to shoot my first official short film! I love RJ's approach to film making. His intentionality and holistic filming style is inspiring and encouraging. Thanks to everyone that put this workshop together! Looking forward to the next one

Josh

@joshball_images

November 3, 2021

Great workshop

I thought it was incredible, I really like the way RJ goes about it all. He is so relaxed and composed about his work. It felt very engaging and informative. Thank you to the team!!

Josh

November 3, 2021

Alex Beaucage

@alexbocajj

October 22, 2021

Making sense of all things film

Everything made so much sense. RJ is incredibly intentional in everything he does. It's unreal to have access to his full process in this class. As a filmmaker myself, it can be overwhelming at times, keeping it all in your mind. Seeing another creative like RJ, working thru the similar systems and workflows of his own is super insightful and reaffirming. I'd recommend this class as much for beginners as for experts. RJ is a great teacher and filmmaker. Super easy to listen to for hours straight. I loved this workshop. It was clean, well produced and easy to follow along. I can't believe how smooth he was on set too, turning to the BTS camera and teaching in real time. Mad respect.

Alex Beaucage

October 22, 2021

Thomas Rowland

@thomaswesleyrowland

August 31, 2021

Very Intentional Workshop

RJ's workshop gave me the confidence and practical knowledge I needed to pursue short film production. Without this workshop I'm not sure I would have ever taken the leap of faith to shoot my first official short film! I love RJ's approach to film making. His intentionality and holistic filming style is inspiring and encouraging. Thanks to everyone that put this workshop together! Looking forward to the next one

Thomas Rowland

August 31, 2021

Graham King

August 23, 2021

Highly recommend

This workshop is hands on and filled with knowledge and quality teaching. There is nothing left out, I feel so much more confident for future filmmaking work after this workshop.

Graham King

August 23, 2021

Caleb Brenden

@calebbreadsticks

August 12, 2021

A comprehensive documentary filmmaking course

I was very impressed by the quality of this course. RJ is not only a very talented filmmaker, but he is also an incredible teacher. A large part of YouTube focuses on gear and technical aspects of video like color grading. So, it was a breath of fresh air to receive professional direction on pre-production, directing, and storytelling while also de-mystifying the technical aspects of filmmaking.

Caleb Brenden

August 12, 2021

Daygin Prescott

@dayginprescott

August 10, 2021

Insightful and personal experience

This workshop was the stepping stone for transitioning from photo to video work. I really like how it feels like a personal 1 on 1 lesson. I think the value for me comes from seeing, first hand every single step of the process. Especially things like pre-pro, file organization, colour grading. It's cool to be told things but when you are talking through the process and see every element involved, that's what made this workshop worthwhile. Awesome work guys, have taken heaps of inspiration from RJ's films for some of my personal projects. Cheers!

Daygin Prescott

August 10, 2021

Alessandro Citterio

@cittalex

August 10, 2021

Content AND Satisfied!

Of all the workshops seen on Wildist, this is definitely the one that is most revolutionizing my work career. I will be traveling to Portugal shortly to shoot my first short film and I can't wait to put everything I've learned into practice! Thanks RJ, thanks to the whole Wildist family!

Alessandro Citterio

August 10, 2021

Martin Richard

July 20, 2021

Simply the best

Martin Richard

July 20, 2021

Making sense of all things film
Alex Beaucage
Everything made so much sense. RJ is incredibly intentional in everything he does. It's unreal to have access to his full process in this class. As a filmmaker myself, it can be overwhelming at times, keeping it all in your mind. Seeing another creative like RJ, working thru the similar systems and workflows of his own is super insightful and reaffirming. I'd recommend this class as much for beginners as for experts. RJ is a great teacher and filmmaker. Super easy to listen to for hours straight. I loved this workshop. It was clean, well produced and easy to follow along. I can't believe how smooth he was on set too, turning to the BTS camera and teaching in real time. Mad respect.
Great workshop
Josh
I thought it was incredible, I really like the way RJ goes about it all. He is so relaxed and composed about his work. It felt very engaging and informative. Thank you to the team!!
Very Intentional Workshop
Thomas Rowland
RJ's workshop gave me the confidence and practical knowledge I needed to pursue short film production. Without this workshop I'm not sure I would have ever taken the leap of faith to shoot my first official short film! I love RJ's approach to film making. His intentionality and holistic filming style is inspiring and encouraging. Thanks to everyone that put this workshop together! Looking forward to the next one
Highly recommend
Graham King
This workshop is hands on and filled with knowledge and quality teaching. There is nothing left out, I feel so much more confident for future filmmaking work after this workshop.
A comprehensive documentary filmmaking course
Caleb Brenden
I was very impressed by the quality of this course. RJ is not only a very talented filmmaker, but he is also an incredible teacher. A large part of YouTube focuses on gear and technical aspects of video like color grading. So, it was a breath of fresh air to receive professional direction on pre-production, directing, and storytelling while also de-mystifying the technical aspects of filmmaking.
Insightful and personal experience
Daygin Prescott
This workshop was the stepping stone for transitioning from photo to video work. I really like how it feels like a personal 1 on 1 lesson. I think the value for me comes from seeing, first hand every single step of the process. Especially things like pre-pro, file organization, colour grading. It's cool to be told things but when you are talking through the process and see every element involved, that's what made this workshop worthwhile. Awesome work guys, have taken heaps of inspiration from RJ's films for some of my personal projects. Cheers!
Content AND Satisfied!
Alessandro Citterio
Of all the workshops seen on Wildist, this is definitely the one that is most revolutionizing my work career. I will be traveling to Portugal shortly to shoot my first short film and I can't wait to put everything I've learned into practice! Thanks RJ, thanks to the whole Wildist family!
Simply the best
Martin Richard
Incredibly Empowering
Thomas Rowland
I have wanted to start making short films for a long time now and this workshop has given me the tools needed to make that a reality!
Simply Awesome.
Alexander Metcalfe
This is probably the best workshop I have ever taken with Wildist. This workshop is packed with a huge amount of information and I learnt so much right from the start. I know I'll be coming back to this workshop again and again as I shoot my first high altitude documentary this summer.
RJ Bruni
RJ Bruni is the co-founder and director of Inmist Media House. Select clients include Land Rover, Travel Alberta, Canon Canada, Therm-a-rest, and GMC.
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