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Transformation, Alchemy, Journey: A Still filmmaking workshop with Sabine El Chamaa

Start date:
Nov 17, 2011
Ability Level:
18 +

Registration Closed

This 10-day, hands-on “Still Filmmaking” workshop blends genres of experimental and narrative short films with photography. Exploring techniques of storytelling, lighting, sound, and montage, participants will to create a short photo-film with guidance from filmmaker Sabine El Chamaa.

Taking place at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, participants will draw inspiration from the upcoming exhibition “Cai Guo Qiang: Saraab”. In order to participate, projects proposed in the application should relate to one of three of the major themes central to the artist’s exhibition and creative process: Transformation, Alchemy, and Journey.

Though starting from common themes, each project will be unique interpretation of one of the three themes, drawing inspiration from personal stories, group discussions, film viewings, and a visit by the artist Cai Guo Qiang. Sabine El Chamaa will encourage participants to experiment with the boundaries of the medium of film to create a personal, experimental photo-film.

To be accepted into the workshop, participants must:

  • Own and know how to use a digital and/or analog camera
  • Have basic knowledge of how to record sounds
  • Have a basic understanding of film editing software
  • Submit a short story, creative essay, script, or any other form of a treatment that is related to one of the following three themes: Transformation, Alchemy, or Journey. Writing submission does not need to directly address this theme, but should be inspired by it.


  • November 17, 5-8pm
  • November 18, 11am-5pm
  • November 19, 11am-5pm
  • November 20, 5-8:30pm
  • November 21, 5-8:30pm
  • November 22, 5-8:30pm
  • November 23, 5-8:30pm
  • November 24, 5-8pm
  • November 25, 11am-5pm
  • November 26, 11am-5pm


Registration deadline: November 2nd.