From Photography to Filmmaking

Wanting to make a switch from still to moving images to tell your story? Join award winning VII Photo Agency photographer/director/cinematographer Jessica Dimmock in this workshop to maximise what you already know about photography to shoot visually nuanced and compelling videos.

VII photo agency photographer Jessica Dimmock is the recipient of the 2014 Infinity Award for Photojournalist of The Year from the International Center of Photography and top prize winner of the 2013 World Press Photo as the director and cinematographer of the web feature Too Young To Wed. She believes that photographers can make great videographers.

Photographers aim to get as close as possible – close to their subjects, to the emotional feel of a situation, inside of places previously unseen, close to what feels like the truth. When introduced to video, photographers often do not know how make the switch from shooting a still image to shooting moving images, although that instinct to get closer to the subject does not change.

This is something that must be taught, practiced, and observed. But photographers already have an incredibly rich toolkit. This workshop is designed around how to make the transition from stills to video in a way that is hands-on, interactive and instructional.

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This workshop is part of Stories That Matter, a series of screenings, discussions and workshops that look at the societal and cultural aspects of our world. More information here.


– Introduction to shooting video
– Case study using Jessica Dimmock’s work
– Technical and equipment considerations
–  Discussion of rigs, monopods, handheld and tripods; rigging your camera in different ways to get the type of look desired.
– In class exercise
– Samples of new direction in documentary – a look at cutting edge and new developments in the documentary genre

– Story: what stories lend themselves to video? How do you know a subject will make a good long or short film?
– Discussion on sound recording
– How to shoot for an editor:  Coming back with footage that is visually varied and dynamic, and doesn’t leave holes that are impossible to fill once the situation has been left.
– Discussion on the importance of storyboarding, shooting for coverage, and how to provide the connective tissue that is so essential to video.
– Discussion on what photographers are good/bad at.
– Shooting assignments (e.g. getting the essential footages, getting closer etc) with guidance from Jessica.

– Review and Critique
– How to organize and log footage
– Future directions

Workshop fee:


*S$980 / S$1120

Participants are required to have their own video camera or DSLR with video function.

*This subsidised rate only applies to current or past participants who have attended workshops at Objectifs.


9 to 11 March 2016
Jessica Dimmock (website)
#1 Wed 9 Mar (9am – 6pm)
#2 Thurs 10 Mar (9am – 6pm)
#3 Fri 11 Mar (9am – 6pm)