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Discover the skills to make films that move people.

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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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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A 3-Part Series
Part 01
Fundamentals & Pre-Production -- Live Now
Part 02
Production --
Drops Mid July
Part 03
Editing --
Drops Mid August
Who is this made for?
Looking to make films that evoke emotion? This course can be taken by photographers who are expanding into filmmaking – or filmmakers who are ready to take their work to the next level.
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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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A New Type of Workshop
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    Stay focused and on track
    Creating a film takes time - this new method allows you to focus in
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    Complete your assignments
    Each assignment is designed so you can create a better film
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    Encourage one another
    Share ideas, critiques, and conversation with other students in the course
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Exclusive To This Workshop

  • The never heard before story of Alex
  • An debut interview with his parents about his upbringing
  • The story of how his career really started
  • A very personal field day where Alex photographs his dad in his farm : so you can see the approach and get better at photographing your loved ones, making intimate portraits.
  • An interview with alpine photographer Ben Tibbets on determination and motivation
  • A printable book with workshop summary and exercises for growth

2021 Updates

Bonus episodes inspired by student feedback. New content designed for you to learn how to:

  • Plan a shoot and direct talent
  • Create a concept and build a mood board
  • Shoot in shifting light from daytime to blue hour
  • Navigate the new Lightroom Updates to the color correction panel
  • Stay organized with your files and exporting best practices

Workshop Episodes

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Meet RJ

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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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.

  • 3 Modules
  • 4hrs of Content
  • 2 Film Assignments

$199 

$129 
Watch instantly.
One-time payment.
Or

Workshop Episodes

Part 01
Fundamentals & Pre-Production
Live
9:47
Just Added

1

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Meet RJ

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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.

Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

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
Just Added

20

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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.

Just Added

21

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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.

Part 02
Production
Dropping
Mid July
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Building Intimacy

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Directing Talent

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Directors Chair 01: One Take Shot, Conducting an Interview

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Directors Chair 02: Letting Inspiration Take Over

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Directors Chair 03: Documenting a Scene

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Assignment: Leave it all on the field

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Live Lesson: Q&A Session with RJ

Part 03
Editing
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Mid August
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Editing Overview: Getting Inspired

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File Organization

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Making Selects

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Finding the Right Music with Musicbed

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Assembly

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Sound Design

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Color Correction & Color Grading

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Assignment: The Final Chapter

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Live Lesson: Assembly Review with RJ

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  • 2 Film Assignments
  • Bonus
    Downloadable Templates
    Pre-production Check-list, Creative Brief, and Pitch Deck

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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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