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Teaching Film


It's not easy to teach film, its much harder than actually making a film, but its also a lot of fun. To pass on the knowledge and skills I've acquired along the way is probably the most satisfying thing I've done. And I've got a lot to teach: I'm the last generation to be trained by the old Hollywood masters. Plus I've been an independent filmmaker for a long time now and my knowledge is based on the things I've learned to do.

Just as a good film requires a good script, a good course demands a good storyline as well – a teaching plan – carefully worked out in advance. I don't believe in teaching on the fly: on the first course of any subject I do, I always put much more time into the preparation than goes into the actual class time.

Learning by doing

Kent Moorhead  gives courses in filmmaking in both the US and Europe.  He knows what it takes to make films – he's a working filmmaker with hundreds of credits. His courses are hands-on, students learn by making films. But with no cookie-cutter shortcuts. Filmmaking is complicated – that's what makes it wonderful. Students also get a larger understanding of filmmaking – with documentary, that means, for instance, how to get interviews, going beyond "talking heads", and finding a story from real situations, 

With interviews people often think, "it is just talking" and put no effort into them. Therefore they miss the questions that would give exciting answers. I show interviews that failed and I show those that gave great stories. And I do exercises that show how interviews can be used to develop a story, and give more than just "talking heads" that state the obvious. That is how I work and how I teach. What you put into it, in the start, you get back in the end, many times around.

With drama the focus is on how to understand what a story is, and to tell it visually. We look at the storytelling styles of different filmmakers and how they solved various problems. And once the students know the concepts and "rules", they film their own scene, or make their own film and learn by doing.

Want a workshop?

For any audience – you decide the objectives, and I design the curriculum that gets us there.

Kent Moorhead's Approach to Teaching:





Student Comments on past Kent Moorhead workshops:

"A rich experience overall. It felt great to actually have a product at the end but also enjoyed the process. I would highly recommend the course!"
(2013 Documentary Crash Course)

"Teacher explained very well and made everything clear, very approachable in regards to questions, relaxed learning environment while maintaining high standard, useful practical exercises, good group size, I learned a lot and enjoyed the course"
(2013 lighting course)

"I thought it would be a lot of just classroom, talking about editing, talking about directing, but the cool thing, I didn't know we were actually going to film a movie, write it and direct it and do different parts of the movie, so it really, I thought it was a lot of fun and I think I learned a lot more this way than I would have any other way."
(2007 Dramatic Crash Course)

FilmCentrum workshops

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Kent Moorhead taught workshops at FilmCentrum Stockholm from 2009 through 2013. Examples included "Filming with the Canon 5D/7D DSLR", "Billigt ljus, dryt resultat" (Cheap lighting, expensive looks), and the Tempo Documentary Crash Course, an intensive week-long workshop (70 hours) which ran during the Tempo documentary film festival, the largest documentary festival in Sweden.

FilmCentrum Stockolm went bankrupt in 2014; Moorhead is now selecting new sponsors for these workshops.