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FADE IN: The first two words of every screenplay, the first two words of the rest of your story, the key that will make you start making your own movie.  “Make your Movie” is a filmmaking workshop that helps you transform your ideas into a 3-minute short film without using any professional equipment.


I had the chance to meet Nadia Tabbara who runs FADE IN: workshops. She is a screenwriter and film maker and has worked in the Film

Nadia Tabbara

Nadia Tabbara

and TV Industry in New York City for over 5 years. She has worked on Hollywood films such as “Step Up 3D”, “The Adjustment Bureau” and “New York, I Love You” and popular TV shows such as “Flight of the Conchords”, “Bored to Death” and “The Good Wife”.
Early in her writing career, she was invited to train with Jacob Krueger, co-writer with several Academy Award Winners. Her feature scripts have advanced in Hollywood competitions and her short films have toured and competed in several international and US-based film festivals including SXSW (South by Southwest): Austin, TX and Milano International Film Festival: Milan, Italy.

Nadia says, “I started doing film making workshops with young kids and many adults approached me wondering if they could do the same.  That’s how I got the idea to start ‘Make Your Movie” Workshops.  The goals of the workshops are to transform your scripts into short films in a creative way.  It’s a place where you don’t just learn the techniques of film making but also you learn how to think visually.  You gain an appreciation for the craft of movie-making and also, walk away with your own short film!”

Nadia Tabbara with her Students after the screening

Nadia Tabbara with her Students after the screening

“Make Your Movie” Workshop was held for 5 days in April at AltCity, Hamra – Lebanon. 11 people participated, worked in teams of 2 to brainstorm, write scripts, shoot and edit their own short movies. They used their phones and digital cameras to shoot their movies.  Nadia said, “Anyone who has an idea or a good script and is thinking visually can do it using any camera.”  In addition, the participants had the chance to screen their short films at AltCity in front of an audience that included professional filmmakers.

"Make your Film" Workshop

“Make your Film” WorkshopKareem and Ashraf while editing there short filmKareem and Ashraf while editing there short film

After the screening, they got amazing feedback from friends, family, actors and professional guests from the film making industry. The audience was engaged in the short films.

Another feedback after the screening of the short films at AltCity

Another feedback after the screening of the short films at AltCity

Student's feedback

Student’s feedback

The upcoming workshop called “Make Another Movie” is a more in-depth look at the process of screenwriting, storyboarding, shooting and editing.  Although some prior knowledge is a plus, Nadia is seeking people who are committed and passionate about the craft of filmmaking

The upcoming workshop will be a total of 6 days split over two weekends. Classes will be held from 31st May – 3 June.  Six hours a day including lunch break. Next, there is 1 weekend off during which, students will be shooting their short films.  After that, they will discuss the footage together along with Nadia and classmates. Then, they will come back on the 14th and 15th of June to edit the movies and finalize everything in these 3 days.  Finally, the screening will be on the 16th of June 2013. The workshop has potential guest speakers that work professionally in the Lebanese film industry as actors, sound engineers and editors.

The Upcoming workshop's poster

The Upcoming workshop’s poster

Nadia Tabbara believes that you are a beginner in every film you make, because each film is a learning experience that is used for the next one.

If you are Cinema Passionate and committed to participate in this workshop, all you need is a digital camera or you phone!! To apply, go to AltCity in Hamra, register your name and pay the fees. For any further information visit FADE IN facebook page and Twitter you can also contact Nadia Tabbara via e-mail. Visit FADE IN’s youtube channel to see all the short movies.

Categories: Film experience, Workshops
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