Film Workshop/Seminar By Prof. Marille Hahne


Authenticity in Films

How to create authentic scenes for documentary films?

What technic can be used for documentary film shooting?

How to divide the technical tasks of directing, photography, lighting and sound recording among the film crew members?

How to make people comfortable about being filmed?

How to form the raw material into a dramaturgy?

How to add other layers to enhance the meaning of your story?

Film excerpts from student films of the Zurich University of the Arts will be shown to demonstrate cinematographic techniques and approaches.

(2 hours)

Preparation for all participants:

Please think out a documentary film, that you would like to make.

If you never have made or thought of making a documentary film, imagine yourself making one in the future.

Please write down:

Your name on top of the page

the title of your film

only 1 sentence, what this film will show or tell.

only 1 sentence, why you are the person, that should make this film?

Print your answers twice, one for yourself, one for me in preparation of our workshop.

Thank you!

Prof Marille Hahne grew up in Munich, Germany. An independent filmmaker since 1983, she taught filmmaking at the University for Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany from 1984 –1993, relocating to Switzerland after accepting a position as Professor of Filmmaking at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Zürich, Switzerland in 1993.

From 2006 to 2012 Prof Hahne developed and chaired the ZHdK’s Master of Arts in Film degree. She is currently responsible for the Department of Performing Arts and Film International Projects.

Prof Hahne’s teaching and research focus on film theory and documentary film production as well as the effects of modern digital workflows on cinema aesthetics. She is the editor of Digitales Kino – Filmemachen in Highdefinition mit Fallstudie (Digital Cinema – Filmmaking in High Definition with Case Studies), a book that details a research project funded by the Swiss Government (Commission of Technology and Innovation, KTI).

Prof Hahne’s personal research also examines various interfaces between art and science. She has produced numerous documentary videos with the Swiss Artists-in-Labs project (, which she documented since its inception. Most recently Prof Hahne directed a series of videos for the Museum Kulturama’s exhibit Neuromedia (Zurich, August 2012 – March 2013, currently Winchester, UK). She also serves as a jury member of the Swiss Alexis Thalberg documentary film prize.

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