This two-part screendance workshop is structured to guide students through the process of completing a short dance film from conception to exhibition. Part 1 took place in Fall 2018 and Part 2 starts March 2, 2019. Those who complete their film will have the opportunity to have it screened at the San Francisco Public Library April 10, 6:00–7:30pm.
Learn the Art of Editing Dance Films
Building on skills developed in Part 1, Part 2: Editing Techniques, focuses on refining and practising editing techniques. Working with footage created in Part 1 or using their own footage, students will be guided through the process of editing their film, culminating in a special screening at the San Francisco Public Library, April 10, 6:00–7:30pm.
In a hands-on lab environment, students will learn:
The fundamentals of editing in Final Cut Pro X.
Through in-class demonstrations and assignments to be completed outside of class, students will explore different methods for editing dance, from faithful reproduction of the choreography to re-working the dance into a new piece that could only exist on film.
A computer is not required to take the workshop.
Access to Final Cut Pro would be useful but is not essential. An editing workstation will be available for students to use at LINES Dance Center on a first come, first served basis
Students can purchase a $55 membership at BAVC (Bay Area Video Coalition) which will provide 8 hours of access to an editing workstation per month.
Students will need to provide an external hard drive to store their media
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ben Estabrook specializes in capturing dance on camera. He was the director of photography for films that have screened at Cinedans, Dance on Camera, Dance Camera West, Sans Souci, and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. His work has screened internationally in Poland, Cuba, Belgium, Scotland, Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, and India.
He is a lecturer at UC Berkeley where he has taught Film Production for Dance and Movement and Video Production for Performance and has given guest lectures on screendance at Stanford University, Young Artist Platform of Dance in Beijing, Southwest University in Chongqing, Mills College, and Brigham Young University. He helped to found the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, for which he is the resident workshop instructor. In 2015 he attended the first Symposium for Teachers of Screendance led by Doug Rosenberg and Katrina McPherson at the American Dance Festival. Additionally, he has participated in dance film workshops with Thierry de Mey (2018 and 2007) and Katrina McPherson (2017 and 2011).
His interest in screendance led him to the University of Utah, where he studied under Ellen Bromberg and graduated with an MFA in Film & Media Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Screendance in 2014.