“Labour in a single Shot”

Workshop for Film-makers & Video Artists in Karachi

The Goethe-Institut Pakistan invites filmmakers and video artists to apply for participation in a workshop with instructors Antje Ehmann & Till Passow. 

Workshop details

Application deadline: June 30th, 2024 
Workshop: July 21 – August 10, 2024 in Karachi
Topic: Labour in a single sequence
Instructors: Antje Ehmann & Till Passow

The application deadline has now passed. We will inform successful applicants shortly.


“Labour” in a single video sequence

The task at hand is to present the topic of labour by means of a single video sequence; in other words, you will produce videos consisting of only one shot, no cuts are allowed. The topic is work: paid, unpaid, material or immaterial, traditional or entirely new work. This assignment formally introduces the foundations of filming, as you need to find out: When can we find a beginning and an end even if a repetitive process is being shown? Should the camera be moved or stand still? What is the best way to capture the choreography of a work process in a single shot? Early films told us: Every detail of the mobile world is worth being documented and considered. And they had a fixed point of view, whereas today’s documentary film only too often presents sequence upon sequence because it is undecided.

A picture with a man working on a metall structure Katrine Dircknick-Holmfel, Iron Curtain, Cairo 2012


A maximum of 20 video artists or filmmakers will be selected from all applicants to participate in the workshop. All age groups are welcome – independent film makers, professors dedicated to documentary film making, and alumni are also invited to apply. Selection criteria are: creativity in film-making, ideas, engagement, and outstanding film results.
  • Fluency in English (the workshop will be held in English) 
  • The applicant has either participated in a short film or a movie (as an actor or in the production process)
  • Workshop attendance is free of charge. Participants will cover their own cost for travel, accommodations and meals. 
  • The participant agrees to attend all workshop sessions. Upon completion, participants films will be posted on the project’s website. 
  • Only individual applications will be accepted – no group applications, please. 
  • The applicant may bring his/her own camera and equipment (HDTV or „full HD“ resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel, preferred PAL, 25p or 50i fps).
  • The application form should be completed in English. If you are selected, your name will be published on the organizers’ website. 

People sitting next to a street, holding up placards, seeking work Amy von Houten, Electricians, Johannesburg 2014

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