Master Classes with Oscar Documentarians 2017 (Recap)

Creating high quality non-fictional films with accessible technology, the initiative brings three award winning filmmakers in different technical fields to give a series of workshops this summer: cinematography with Oscar-nominated director James Longley, sound mixing and design with Dan Olmsted, and colour correction with Gary Coates.

These workshops are co-organised by the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of The University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Cinematography with James Longley

Two-time Oscar nominee for Sari’s Mother (2006) and Iraq in Fragments (2006), recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Grant. Longley is known for his work in Gaza, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

23-25 Jun 2017
Location: Digital Media Lab, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong

Details: Filmmakers learnt James’ technical skills and shooting style in creating high quality cinematography under difficult circumstances. Replay live discussion with James.

Sound Mixing and Design with Dan Olmsted

Worked on over 200 short and feature films including Academy Award winning pictures Amadeus (1984) and The English Patient (1996). Worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as John Waters, Joan Chen, David Weisman and Ruby Yang.

06-09 July 2017
Location: Bethanie Campus, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Details: Doc makers learnt location-sound recording skills as well as the ‘do it all’ method of editing and finishing their own films from Dan. Check out Dan’s quotes and contact us if you wish to see full videos.

Colour correction with Gary Coates

With over 40 years of industry experience. His recent works include Academy Award for Best Short Documentary Smile Pinki (2008), nominated documentaries The Barber of Birmingham (2011), The Warriors of Qiugang (2010), The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009); and PIXAR’s Toy Story 3 and Inside Out.

21-23 July 2017
Location: The Studio, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong

Details: Gary covered techniques of all levels. Check out the full videos:

Day one – simple techniques to prepare a film for release, including mouse and keyboard shortcuts for those who do not have the DaVinci Resolve console

Day two – advanced techniques of a working colorist within the role of editor

Day three – special look development, special effects treatments, and training on how to use the console