3 day documentary filmmaking workshop in NY with B&H and Canon! Free BVE Talks and win a MoVI M5 whilst at the show!


Two, no, three big things here about stuff coming up. The first, in chronological order are the two free talks I am giving for BVE next week.

They are on the first two days at 1345 and 1330 respectively. The first is on 4K of course. I have done talks on 4K before, but time progresses. Where are we now? Has much changed? Should you be shooting 4K?

The second is about shooting the new CNN series “The Wonder List” and how I chose to make my life hell by using said 4K, super super motion, drones and a MoVI M5!

Don’t forget to register for the show! Click here to do that!

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Shooting in Mumbai with the Sony F55
Shooting in Mumbai with the Sony F55



On the subject of the MoVI M5, I have teamed up with makers Freefly to give away the same system I used throughout shooting The Wonder List,

Freefly MōVI M5 Essentials Bundle (M5, Pelican Case, Spektrum Controller)



Toad In The Hole Quick Release



MōVI Ring


Total Value: $5395 USD 


How can you win this? 


All you need to do is swing by the Freefly booth and get your badge scanned to be entered to win. Once all entries have been collected, a name will be randomly selected and the winner announced. Must be present to win! This will happen just after my second talk, so around 2:30pm or as close to that as I can get, depending on how much I get stopped trying to rush over there! 🙂


It will be great to see everyone at the BVE show. I am only there until this giveaway, then I have to race to Heathrow (yes…right the other side of London!) to catch a plane to New York to be there for shooting more “Behind the shot” episodes and for publicity, as the show premieres on Sunday the 1st March! Very exciting!

CNN’s “The Wonder List” Trailer from Philip Bloom on Vimeo


3 day New York documentary filmmaking workshop!


“We’ll Whack Manhattan” from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

After the great success of my 2-day filmmaking workshop at B&H last October, (above is what I shot of the attendees in action!) we are doing another one and making it better by making it longer! This time the focus is specifically on documentary filmmaking, and Canon are sponsoring this one. Each attendee will shoot and edit their own mini doc in New York. The subject? That will be up to you.

This is a FREE workshop and is limited to strictly 25 places. It’s also NOT on a first come first served basis. Much like the last one, you will need to apply for a place. Myself and B&H’s director of marketing Jesicca Bruzzi will assess on the applications.

This will be an intense 3 days and is certainly not for everyone, and is from APRIL 19th till the 21st.

Day one: You will be in the classroom working in teams with me, practicing various exercises and techniques covering moment, visual storytelling, advanced composition, audio and interview technique…all designed to enhance your documentary filmmaking skills in preparation for…

Day two: You will be challenged to find your own story and create a 2-3 minute mini documentary.  I will of course give you lots of guidance on day one, but here you will be left to your own devices! You will not see me on Day two unless you need to. This is valuable time to find and shoot your mini documentary. You will also be expected to start editing at some point that day. There will be edit time on day three, but I thoroughly recommend at least clipping everything up to make your life easier the next day.

Day three:  We will return to the class room to finish your edits and then in the afternoon, whether they are fully finished or not, we screen your work!

This is not a beginner’s class. Attendees will need to be familiar with shooting video on your chosen camera and be a proficient editor. While I will be there on day there to help you out, if you don’t know how to edit, please do not apply. This is a very important skill that you will need to attend this workshop.

You need to bring your own equipment: as in Camera, lenses, filters, audio recorder (or if you have a proper video camera record in camera), lav mic for interviews and of course a good tripod and maybe even lights!

B&H will have a series of Canon DSLRs and lenses on hand for loaners if you would like to try something new.

Does this sound like the workshop for you? If so myself, B&H, and Canon would like to invite you to apply for this workshop. Please sign up using this page, but also send the following information to Jesicab@bhphoto.com

Tell us about you and your work?

What equipment do you currently use?

What do you hope to get from this workshop?

How would you rate your shooting and editing skills?

Send us a short video of something you have shot and edited.

You will not be considered for this workshop unless you complete the entire application process and give us answer to these questions. We expect the demand to be very high for this workshop, the one in October had quite a lot of applicants! You have until March 15th to apply! So get cracking!!

Who sort of person do I want to be at the workshop? I am not looking for the best filmmakers. I am looking for people who I feel could benefit from this workshop. How I will decide this will be very much based upon the video you send us and what you say. So please, be 100% honest about everything. Don’t brag, don’t be too humble. Just straight down the line please! 🙂

You will also need to register on the Eventbrite website when applying

To give you an idea on what is possible in one day, I shot and cut this mini doc below using the Canon 1DX. Nothing was set up. I didn’t even start looking for a subject until 2pm that day, then came across this old movie theatre, spent a couple of hours there, and this is the end result. This is longer than I want from you so don’t worry!



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