Workshops & Film Education

Whether they involve receptive or productive interaction, and whether they are historically-based or fully up-to-date – the selection of educational programs from which visitors to the Museum für Film und Fernsehen can choose is extensive. Workshops and courses deal with subjects that are immersed in film history as well as those concerned with the practical aspects of film. Programs that are specially designed for children, teenagers and young adults encourage independent experimentation and creative output.

 

All tours must be booked in advance through Museum Service Berlin.

 

Currently programs with receptive or productive interaction are available.

 

Reception and Analisis

>> Hocus Pocus! Special Effects Films and the Magic of Motion Pictures

>> Film Talks: Let’s Talk about Films

>> Ideology and Manipulation in Entertainment Films

>> Film Courses – A Film and Many Themes

>> Meet Young Filmmakers

 

Filmmaking and Animation

>> Smart Movies – Creative Works with Smart Phones & Co (mobile movie)

>> Camera in Focus. Motif – Light – Motion (digital camera)

>> Animation with Scissors, Light and Imagination (Silhouette Films)

>> My Own Animated Film (Cut Out Animation)

>> From Viewing a Photo to a Photographic View (Photography)

 

Languages

The workshops mentioned below are offered in English language. Spanish, French and other languages may be available upon request. When booking a program in any language other than German, a 10 euro foreign-language flat rate fee will be charged per group/workshop-module in addition to the regularly-quoted price.

 


Szenenfoto aus METROPOLIS (D 1926, Regie: Fritz Lang), © Deutsche Kinemathek – Horst von Harbou

Film Talks: Let’s Talk about Films

The Deutsche Kinemathek offers film talks on a variety of German and international film classics, but also on contemporary productions. These group bookings combine introductions presented by museum staff, digital film screenings and moderated film assessments and discussions. A film can be analyzed, interpreted and discussed in terms of its contents, aesthetics or ideological aspects, for example.

Film talks can be organized on the following films, among others:

  • ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF (FEAR EATS THE SOUL)
  • DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI (THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI)
  • IM WESTEN NICHTS NEUES (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
  • NOSFERATU
  • BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (BERLIN - DIE SINFONIE DER GROßSTADT)

Contact and further information: bildung@deutsche-kinemathek.de

 

Groups
Duration: approx. 2-3 hrs.
Price: starting at 150 euros
Max. participants: 20

 

School Classes
Duration: approx. 2-3 hrs.
Price: starting at 125 euros
Max. participants: class size

 


Szenenfoto aus LES TULIPES (F 1907, Regie: Segundo de Chomón)

Hocus Pocus! Special Effects Films and the Magic of Motion Pictures

Movies and magic are closely related to one another. Both make the most extraorinary things possible: Inanimate objects come alive, moving as if directed by a magic wand, and supernatural forces seem to manifest before our eyes. All kinds of special effects have been used since the earliest days of cinema and have developed with the times. Creating magic with images has always been at the very heart of filmmaking. “Hocus Pocus!” guides participants through the history of cinematic special effects. They will learn the fundamentals of film techniques and about early methods of producing special effects on a brief thematic tour through the permanent exhibition. A film program with examples from over 100 years of motion picture history provides the basis for a subsequent joint discussion.

 

Groups
Duration: approx. 2 hrs.
Price: starting at 100 euros
Max. participants: 20

 

School Classes
Duration: approx. 2 hrs.
Price: starting at 85 euros
Max. participants: class size

 


Ideology and Manipulation in Entertainment Films

Film is a powerfully effective medium. Its potential for manipulation was recognized in the early days of film and has since been exploited by a number of governments, parties and institutions. One of the best known examples of this practice is the film propaganda used by the National Socialists.
However, ideological messages and propagandistic intentions can be detected even in current German and international productions. Entertainment, particularly in the genres of action films, war dramas and history films, tends to convey moral concepts, philosophies of life and recommended actions that often go unnoticed by viewers, although they deserve to be critically scrutinized.
In a combined exhibition tour, screening of film clips and a moderated discussion, participants pursue questions concerning which ideological or propagandistic messages contemporary film and television productions convey, and which means they employ for these messages to come across.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size:  max. 25
Age: suitable for teens and young adults, 14+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 125 euros
Group size:  max. average class size
Age: 14+

 


Film Courses – A Film and Many Themes

Films are an essential component of our daily lives. We encounter them every day in movie theaters, on television, on DVD or on the Internet. The social importance of motion pictures is becoming greater and greater. As a consequence, it is all the more important to be able to classify a film and its various facets – thematically, historically, and also aesthetically. The film courses at the Museum für Film und Fernsehen offer a unique opportunity to do that. Participants are trained to deal with the medium of film through selected works of German film history. Both classics of film history and contemporary movies are put to use. Depending on the chosen main focus, the three-hour courses can consist of the following components: viewing film clips; guided discussions about film; research on the original formative contexts and reception history by using exhibitions, archival and source materials; comparison of a film with other cinematic and photographic works; and much more.
 
We offer film courses for the following films and themes:
 
GEGEN DIE WAND (HEAD-ON)  /
ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF (ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL)
Theme: Migration and Identity
Age: 15

 

ANGST ESSEN SEELE AUF (ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL)
Theme: Film Talk
Age: 15+

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size: max. 25

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 125 euros
Group size: max. average class size

 


Meet Young Filmmakers – New Talents – Cineastes’ Talks

Young Berlin filmmakers provide insights into their works based on one of their films, a series or another audiovisual work that will be jointly screened. These talks introduce a filmmaker’s personal working methods and delve into the process of filmmaking - ranging from finding a subject and developing the material, to the work’s actual staging and production. Moreover, the various cinematic trades, including directing, cinematography and film editing will be explained. Programs can be booked with a focus on documentaries, animation, children’s movies or feature films, etc., as well as in diverse formats such as series or video art.
 

The content and scope of the programs are coordinated individually.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price: 150 euros
Group size: max. 25

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 2 hours
Price: 125 euros
Group size: max. average class size

 

Further information: bildung@deutsche-kinemathek.de

 


Camera in Focus

Camera in Focus. Motif – Light – Motion

The cameraman or the camerawoman is often a true artist with the camera. Great directors like Wim Wenders or Jim Jarmusch value their work, because it is only with a good cameraman – today the title Director of Photography is also common – and his team that a film can become a masterpiece. Important aesthetic decisions are made in collaboration with the director. Creativity and expertise are required if the perfect image is to be provided – by means of lighting, field of view or camera movements, for example.

Inspired by the work of renowned cinematographers and led by a young film professional, the participants in the workshop address the basic techniques of filming and the artistic and creative possibilities of working with digital camera technology. Cinematic language plays as great a role here as the selection of motifs and the play of light. First the team for the shoot is organized, then the participants develop their own way of approaching the work, finding their own motifs, and developing creative cinematic forms of design. This is followed by implementation, in which the cinematic impressions and camera movements are adopted and finally mounted into a clip.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 180 euros (10 participants) / 360 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 16+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 165 euros (10 participants) / 325 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 16+

 

This workshop can be organized for larger groups on request.

 


Workshop Smart Movies

Smart Movies – Creative Works with Smart Phones & Co

The use of mobile multimedia devices, such as smart phones and tablets, are part of everyday life for many people. These devices provide access to more than just communication and multimedia entertainment, however. In addition, they also place a pocket-sized, but complete set of film equipment at your fingertips, making experimentation with basic techniques of filming and producing creative-artistic work with audiovisual media quite simple.

In the context of the workshop, participants unlock the hidden potential of smart phones, etc., guided by a film professional’s expert instructions. First, a film team is organized, then a cinematic idea is jointly developed and a shooting schedule is laid out. This preparation is followed by putting the plans into action, using cinematic aesthetic tools to produce film and sound recordings that are subsequently assembled into a finished clip.

The structure of the workshop can be coordinated to meet the interests and prior knowledge of the participants. The following themes are examples of offers available for booking:

 

  •  Portrait – Who am I and What Makes Me Who I Am?
  •  Berlin, the Metropolis – Staging the Aesthetic of the Big City
  •  Black-and-White – An Homage to Silent Films
  •  Breaking News

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 180 euros (10 participants) / 360 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 12+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 4 hours
Price: 165 euros (10 participants) / 325 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 12+

 

This workshop can be organized for larger groups on request.

 


Lotte Reiniger bei der Arbeit, Quelle Deutsche Kinemathek, Foto: Kine Press

Animation with Scissors, Light and Imagination (Silhouette Films)

In the tradition of the German special effects pioneer Lotte Reiniger (1899–1981) and other animators working in this field, participants produce a richly imaginative story under the expert guidance of animation specialists. The workshop begins with a review of film history, in which select design options are presented and individual ideas are developed. Afterwards, participants create their own short cinematic narrations in the style of silhouette animation.

To make animated films from silhouettes or cutouts, black silhouettes of self-made figures - plants, animals and imaginary creatures – and other materials are brought to life on a backlit glass surface. The images are montaged into an animated film using the stop motion technique and digital software.

Professional animators lead the workshop.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros (10 participants) / 300 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 8+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 125 euros (12 participants) / 245 euros (24 participants) / 365 euros (30 participants)
Group size: max. 30
Age: 8+

 


Workshop Animation, © Deutsche Kinemathek

My Own Animated Film (Cut Out Animation)

Making your own animated film doesn’t have to be difficult! After a short introduction into how moving images and different animation techniques work, participants develop their own storyboard for a cartoon and turn it into a short film. They create it frame by frame using a two-dimensional technique called cutout animation, as well as a Trickbox and a digital camera. Professional animators lead the workshop.

This workshop can be combined with the “Animated Films and Techniques” tour.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros (10 participants) / 300 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 8+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 125 euros (12 participants) / 245 euros (24 participants) / 365 euros (30 participants)
Group size: max. 30
Age: 8+

 


Workshop für Jugendliche

From Viewing a Photo to a Photographic View (Photography)

By journalistically accompanying and documenting the Berlinale, press photography has played an important role right in its history from the start. The special exhibition "Between the Films – A Photo History of the Berlinale" shows selected works from a huge pool of images that have primarily reported on social, political and industry-specific aspects of events during this international film festival, which was founded in 1951.

Nor have movie stars stood alone in the limelight of the cameras, but for nearly seven decades, fashion, zeitgeist, and everyday life have been documented as well. Everything conceivable is represented - from random snapshots to cleverly staged compositions.

This workshop explores photographic image design and focuses, for example, on the situations and places depicted at the Berlinale - are they characteristic or unusual? Do the photos convey rituals and familiar gestures, or perhaps role models? Can relationships be recognized among the locations, stars and audiences? Where are photographs staged and where are they interpreted? Participants’ own photographic attempts, investigating forms of staging and representation realized with a digital single-lens reflex camera (SRL), will be presented at the conclusion of the workshop plenum.

 

Groups

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 150 euros (10 participants) / 300 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 20
Age: 12+

 

School classes

Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: 125 euros (10 participants) / 245 euros (20 participants)
Group size: max. 30
Age: 12+

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