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Great Storytelling for Filmmakers from the Stillmotion Team

written by Shane Hurlbut, ASC

Storytelling With Heart

In the winter of 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick Moreau for the first time. I knew nothing of his work. I had been asked by Canon to present with him at Sundance Film Festival. Patrick discussed the independent filmmaker and I talked about Hollywood filmmaking. When we met over dinner before putting our presentations together, I immediately bonded with this artist. He had passion, out of the box thinking and a very unique eye for composition and story. Once I saw a run through of his keynote, I was transported to all the different worlds that he and his amazing team of co-collaborators had created.

Patrick Moreau, Amina, and Justin

Patrick Moreau, Amina, and Justin

The Stillmotion EDU team

The Stillmotion EDU team


“Smash Cut to 2014”

Now we find ourselves in the winter of 2014 and Patrick and his team have come up with an incredible tour that is centered around what Stillmotion does best, telling engaging stories that move you, make you laugh, cry, and motivate you to take action. The latter is what his new tour, Storytelling With Heart, is based on, taking action. Whether you have very little experience or consider yourself intermediate or advanced, the educational tour that Patrick is running is a HOME RUN!

“What Makes Stillmotion Different”

• Passion
• Understanding how to educate
• Great storytelling
• Creative etiquette that works
• Love of their craft that inspires
• Just great people that inspire you to learn

These bullet points are what sets them apart from all the others. I flashback to the winter of 2012 and remember that I learned so much from Patrick on that day on his composition, his different way of thinking. I feel this is the biggest endorsement that I can give to this tour. I have over 20 years of experience, 18 feature films under my belt and Patrick opened my eyes in new ways.

“Storytelling With Heart Tour”

Three parts storytelling workshop. One part in-the-field shoot. Only 40 seats per city for a personal, interactive experience. Each workshop includes the opportunity to join Stillmotion and the Story & Heart team for an in-the-field shoot the day following the workshop. Try the gear (Movi, C100, 1DC, lenses, and more), ask questions, and get a chance to shoot with filmmakers in your area.

Storytelling With Heart is all about becoming a remarkable storyteller. That happens inside each of us, not with a camera, lens, or Steadicam. These five ideas will change the way you tell stories right away.

Tour dates and locations:
Atlanta, GA — February 28th 2014

Austin, TX — February 19th 2014

Boston, MA — March 12th 2014

Calgary, AB — April 1st 2014

Chicago, IL — March 22nd 2014

Cincinnati, OH — March 20th 2014

Dallas, TX — February 17th 2014

Denver, CO — February 12th 2014

Detroit, MI — March 17th 2014

Hollywood, CA — February 5th 2014

Houston, TX — February 21th 2014

Kansas City, MO — February 14th 2014

Madison, WI — March 24th 2014

Minneapolis, MN — March 26th 2014

Nashville, TN — March 2nd 2014

New Orleans, LA — February 23rd 2014

New York, NY — March 10th 2014

Philadelphia, PA — March 8th 2014

Phoenix, AZ — February 9th 2014

Portland, OR — April 8th 2014

Raleigh, NC — March 4th 2014

San Diego, CA — February 7th 2014

San Francisco, CA — February 3rd 2014

Seattle, WA — April 6th 2014

Tampa, FL — February 26th 2014

Toronto, ON — March 15th 2014

Vancouver, BC — April 4th 2014

Washington, DC — March 6th 2014

Winnipeg, MB — March 29th 2014

Use the discount code HURLBUT10 to get 10% off your registration fee. (The code has been extended to February 3.)


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Sander Eriksen January 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Thank you for yet another great post. Would love to meet these people! Always nice to hear when the masters, like you, too get inspired by others.

Shane April 22, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Sander Eriksen, they are amazing and thank you for your kind words

Lisa January 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM

How do I sign up? I would like to join you in Detroit.

Shane January 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Hi Lisa. You can go to http://www.storytellingwithheart.com/ to sign up. Thanks so much.

Daniel M January 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I actually follow the Still Motion blog as it is a great resource of information. With your backing of their passion I had no second thoughts on signing up. Can’t wait to learn from other passionate filmmakers.

Shane February 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Daniel M, they are an unbelievable team, glad you signed up. You will not be disappointed.

Andrew M January 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Hey Shane thanks for this, it looks great. I’m booked into the NY workshop, perfect timing as I’ll be visiting NY from Australia.
Used your discount code 😉 Cheers mate..

Shane February 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Andrew M, that is great, so glad I could help.

Dan February 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hello I am from the Boston area but cannot attend that date so I’m looking to travel to the DC meeting. What I am wondering is the direct itinerary…. It seems as though the premier is the first night, then the 9-5 workshop the next day then the hands on shoot the following morning is this correct? If so would the DC premier for stand with me be March 5th, 9-5 workshop march 6th and the hands on field shoot march 7th? Just looking for clarification for booking purposes I want to get the full experience! Thank you very much! – Dan

Shane February 28, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Hi Dan. We’re referred your question to the Stillmotion team, who will get in touch via email. thanks

Shane March 3, 2014 at 12:34 AM

Dan, I would suggest going to their website. Not sure

Spencer Weaver March 24, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Shane, my wife and I just attended this workshop today in Madison WI
The stillmotion team presented some of the best and most usable insight I’ve encountered into the world of storytelling and structure. A very hands on, interactive and collaborative presentation that challened us and provided clarity to concepts that I’d been trying to flesh out. It was an action packed workshop, filled with heart and purpose, and the whole day ignited inspiration.
Thank you to you and your wife for spreading the word about stillmotion and their workshop on the blog here.

Shane April 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Spencer Weaver, you are so welcome and I am so glad Patrick and his amazing team rocked it out for you. Yeah BABY!!!!!!


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