make believe

A workshop for purpose seeking, story driven filmmakers

OVER 15 YEARS AGO, I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MAGIC OF FILMMAKING, HOW ONE FORM OF ART COMBINES SO MANY WITHIN IT AND TURNS A PHYSICAL NOTHING INTO NOT JUST SOMETHING BUT *SOMETHING MAGICAL.* THAT'S FILMMAKING. IT'S THE LAND OF                           WHAT STARTED AS A DESIRE TO CHASE NARRATIVE FILMS MORPHED UNINTENTIONALLY INTO AN EVEN DEEPER LOVE AFFAIR WITH CAPTURING THE EVERYDAY. BECAUSE HERE, YOU'RE TAKING SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY REAL AND SHOWING THE WORLD the beauty everyone often misses. MAKE BELIEVE IS A WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS CHASING EVERYDAY MAGIC - THE BEAUTY THAT HIDES IN ALL OF US AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. IT'S AN IMMERSIVE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR FILMMAKERS SEEKING TO DIVE DEEPER INTO THE REAL WORLDS WE CAPTURE AND A PLATFORM TO HELP EACH OF US NOT ONLY UNCOVER OUR OWN GREATEST GIFTS BUT SHOW US IN TURN HOW TO COMBINE THEM WITH THE ART OF FILMMAKING TO CREATE FILMS THAT SPEAK BOLDLY AND STAND THE TEST OF TIME. 

make believe

WELCOME

OVER 15 YEARS AGO, I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MAGIC OF FILMMAKING, HOW ONE FORM OF ART COMBINES SO MANY WITHIN IT AND TURNS A PHYSICAL NOTHING INTO NOT JUST SOMETHING BUT *SOMETHING MAGICAL.* THAT'S FILMMAKING. IT'S THE LAND OF                           WHAT STARTED AS A DESIRE TO CHASE NARRATIVE FILMS MORPHED UNINTENTIONALLY INTO AN EVEN DEEPER LOVE AFFAIR WITH CAPTURING THE EVERYDAY. BECAUSE HERE, YOU'RE TAKING SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY REAL AND SHOWING THE WORLD the beauty everyone often misses. MAKE BELIEVE IS A WORKSHOP FOR FILMMAKERS CHASING EVERYDAY MAGIC - THE BEAUTY THAT HIDES IN ALL OF US AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. IT'S AN IMMERSIVE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR FILMMAKERS SEEKING TO DIVE DEEPER INTO THE REAL WORLDS WE CAPTURE AND A PLATFORM TO HELP EACH OF US NOT ONLY UNCOVER OUR OWN GREATEST GIFTS BUT SHOW US IN TURN HOW TO COMBINE THEM WITH THE ART OF FILMMAKING TO CREATE FILMS THAT SPEAK BOLDLY AND STAND THE TEST OF TIME. 

make believe

WELCOME

Owner + Lead Filmmaker at Birdhouse. I'll be teaching you everything I've learned over the past 10 years of making wedding + event films. Through struggles and mistakes alongside an endless dose of hard work and passion for people, I've captured nearly 200 weddings in over 19 states across the US as well as Italy and grown our business to generate a six figure revenue that serves 2 full-time employees. In 2014, I won Grand Prize 3rd Place in the international filmmaking competition, Storytelling Parade. Birdhouse has since been nominated for Love Stories TV awards. I've studied film at Boston University, NYU, NYFA, Elon University and the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy and am a proud member of Story & Heart. 

Hey, i'm natalie

Owner + Lead Filmmaker at Birdhouse. I'll be teaching you everything I've learned over the past 10 years of making wedding + event films. Through struggles and mistakes alongside an endless dose of hard work and passion for people, I've captured nearly 200 weddings in over 19 states across the US as well as Italy and grown our business to generate a six figure revenue that serves 2 full-time employees. In 2014, I won Grand Prize 3rd Place in the international filmmaking competition, Storytelling Parade. Birdhouse has since been nominated for Love Stories TV awards. I've studied film at Boston University, NYU, NYFA, Elon University and the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy and am a proud member of Story & Heart. 

Hey, i'm natalie

READY?


let's go

READY?


let's go

Harrisburg, PA

2019

23-25

APRIL

Harrisburg, PA

2019

23-25

APRIL

Susquehanna art Museum

1401 N. 3rd Street Harrisburg, PA 17102

Located in the heart of Midtown, Harrisburg, on the city's most mural-covered street, just around the corner from Midtown Scholar Bookstore, The Broad Street Market and The Millworks.

+ Free parking
+ FREE WIFI
+ Free museum
access during
workshop hours

WORKSHOP VENUE

Susquehanna art Museum

1401 N. 3rd Street Harrisburg, PA 17102

Located in the heart of Midtown, Harrisburg, on the city's most mural-covered street, just around the corner from Midtown Scholar Bookstore, The Broad Street Market and The Millworks.

+ Free parking
+ FREE WIFI
+ Free museum
access during
workshop

WORKSHOP VENUE

23

APRIL

LECTURE DAY:

UNCOVERING YOUR WHY + ALL THINGS PRE + POST PRODUCTION

Coffee + Breakfast + Hellos
+ Our story
+ Intro to uncovering your Why
+ Brainstorming for the week
Brainstorming Break

+ Translating your Why into...
+ Marketing
+ Targeting your dream clients
+ Our booking process
+ Post-booking pre-pro
+ Case studies
Lunch Break (lunch provided)



+ How to shotlist a wedding/event
+ Structuring your shoot schedule at a wedding/event
+ Mixed doc/narrative shooting techniques
+ All things gear
+ Putting audio first
+ Advanced techniques in composition, movement and matching energy
Brainstorming Break

+ Bringing beauty to unflattering settings
+ All about video portraits
+ Reception lighting techniques
+ How to shoot beautiful toasts
+ Working alongside other creatives


8:30-9 AM

9-10 AM

10-10:30 AM

10:30 am-12 pM

12-1 PM

1-3 PM

3-3:15 PM

3:15-5:30 PM

Coffee + Breakfast 

+ Pre-pro review - shoot schedule, goals for video
Travel to Maggpie (travel provided)
Meet Maggie + Jason, walk through at Maggpie
Lunch Break (lunch provided)

Break / Cocktails by the fire + mingling
Dinner at Maggpie (provided) + filming broll of dinner, exteriors at sunset
Travel back to Harrisburg (travel provided)

8:30-9 AM

9-10 AM

10-11:30 AM

11:30 AM

12:30-1 PM

1-5 PM

7:30-9 PM

5-5:30 PM

5:30-7:30 PM

personal cinema - pre-production

personal cinema - production 1

personal cinema - production 2

shoot prep

filming macrame workshop

24

APRIL

SHOOT DAY:

LIVE EVENT MACRAME WORKSHOP FILMING AT MAGGPIE RENTALS

25

APRIL

LIVE EDIT + LECTURE DAY:

all things post-production, featuring a live edit from the shoot day footage,
closing remarks

Coffee + Breakfast

+ Footage - Organizing + backup techniques
+ Editing in Premiere - getting organized, tips for faster workflows
Brainstorming Break
+ Editing in Premiere - using pre-pro, creating a narrative, building emotion
+ Case Studies
Lunch Break (lunch provided)

+ Editing in Premiere - all about visuals and slow motion
+ Editing in Premiere - when to add supplemental resources
+ Editing in Premiere - all things color grading (with Case Studies)
Brainstorming Break



+ Mistakes we've made and how we recovered
+ Building a profitable business and establishing a reputable team
+ Filmmaking resources
+ Re-visiting your Why
+ Group discussion - struggles and goals
Goodbyes!

8:30-9 am

9-10 AM

10:15 AM-12 Pm

12-1 PM

3:15-5 PM

5 PM

personal cinema - post-production 1

inspirational remarks

10-10:15 AM

personal cinema - post-production 2

1-3 PM

3-3:15 PM

schedule

TO SEE OUR SCHEDULE AS WELL AS TRAVEL, LODGING AND FAQ - PLEASE VISIT OUR FULL WEBSITE ONLINE.


more information

THE WORKSHOP ADDRESS IS 1401 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102 (SEE MAP FOR DETAILS). Harrisburg is easily accessible by plane, train or automobile. 



+ PHILADELPHIA - 107 miles (2-2.5 HOUR DRIVE)
+ NEW YORK - 171 miles (3-4 HOUR DRIVE)
+ PITTSBURGH - 204 MILES (3-4 HOUR DRIVE)
*OUTSIDE OF DRIVING, AMTRAK IS THE EASIEST ROUTE TO GET YOU INTO THE CITY. FROM THE TRAIN STATION, YOU CAN EASILY UBER/LYFT TO YOUR HOTEL/AIRBNB



+ HARRISBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MDT) - 12 miles from downtown (20 minute drive) *uber/lyft to the city
+ BALTIMORE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL (BWI) - 92 miles (1 hour, 40 minute drive)
+ WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL (IAD) - 114 MILES (2-2.5 HOUR DRIVE)
+ PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PHL) - 115 MILES (2-2.5 HOUR DRIVE)









TRAVEL

flying here - 

nearby cities -

+ Harrisburg is a small city (population 49,000), making it easy to drive
and walk around (our river walk in springtime is one of the best)
+ Midtown and Uptown are Harrisburg's most thriving, residential neighborhoods (we recommend staying here - in the shaded map area)
+ If you are traveling with others not attending the workshop or are looking for additional things to do, we highly recommend taking in a Senators baseball game on city island, visiting Broad Street Market, grabbing lunch at Jackson House, perusing books and art at Midtown Scholar,  antiquing at Antiques Marketplace, or making a trip to the chocolate capitol of the US, Hershey, and treating yourself at the Hershey Spa (a truly luxurious place) - only 20 minutes away

CITY HOUSE B&B

HILTON

STAY

+ CITY HOUSE B&B HAS 4 PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE FROM $145/NIGHT
+ AIRBNBS IN MIDTOWN/UPTOWN FROM $50/NIGHT
+ HARRISBURG HILTON FROM $200/night



+ THERE ARE DOZENS OF HOTEL OPTIONS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO A CAR OR PLAN TO USE UBER/LYFT












driving distance - 

walking distance - - 

A few notes about Harrisburg: 

Workshop

April 23-25, 2019

+ 3 days of eduction (2 lecture + 1 shoot day)
+ Tuesday, April 23 - Breakfast, Lunch
+ Wednesday, April 24 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
+ Thursday, April 25 - Breakfast, Lunch

HARRISBURG, PA

$1,200

Tickets

BOOK
NOW

$1,000

PROMOTIONAL PRICING THROUGH 03/01/19

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW FOR ONLY $500
*FINAL BALANCE DUE 4/1/19*

THANK YOU!

Your ticket purchase is complete!
We will be in touch soon with more information.
In the meantime, feel free to send us any questions -

workshops@birdhouseweddings.com

Tickets

YAY!

April 23-25, 2019

+ 3 days of eduction (2 lecture + 1 shoot day)
+ Tuesday, April 23 - Breakfast, Lunch
+ Wednesday, April 24 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
+ Thursday, April 25 - Breakfast, Lunch

HARRISBURG, PA

$1,200

Tickets

BOOK
NOW

$1,000

PROMOTIONAL PRICING THROUGH 03/01/19

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW FOR ONLY $500
*FINAL BALANCE DUE 4/1/19*

THANK YOU!

Your ticket purchase is complete!
We will be in touch soon with more information.
In the meantime, feel free to send us any questions -

workshops@birdhouseweddings.com

Tickets

YAY!

$1,000

+ 3 days of eduction (2 lecture + 1 shoot day)
+ Tuesday, April 23 - Breakfast, Lunch
+ Wednesday, April 24 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
+ Thursday, April 25 - Breakfast, Lunch

HARRISBURG, PA

April 23-25, 2019

Tickets

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW FOR ONLY 500
*FINAL BALANCE DUE 4/1/19*
**PROMOTIONAL PRICING THROUGH 3/1/19**

FAQ

+ DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS? 

UNTIL JANUARY 22, 2019, THE EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICE IS $1,000. After January 22, TICKET PRICES RETURN TO $1,200. FOR ANY ATTENDEE WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY TAKEN A 1-ON-1 SKYPE WORKSHOP WITH NATALIE, WE ARE HAPPY TO OFFER  THE EARLY BIRD PRICE AT ANY PURCHASE DATE. (Please email us for A PRIVATE LINK TO PURCHASE IF AFTER 1/22/19.)



+ I'D LIKE TO BRING MY SECOND SHOOTER/TEAMMATE. IS THERE A DISCOUNT? 

Since space is limited, we are unable to offer discounts to second shooters/teammates ASIDE FROM THE DISCOUNT MENTIONED ABOVE.



+ DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE LODGING?

THE TICKET PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE LODGING. IT INCLUDES 3 DAYS OF EDUCATION, BREAKFAST and LUNCH ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, and dinner on wednesday AND TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM OUR SHOOT DAY LOCATION. PLEASE SEE ABOVE FOR LODGING + TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS!



+ what do i need to bring with me?

PLEASE BRING YOUR CAMERA ESSENTIALS TO THE SHOOT DAY (AKA YOUR FAVORITE SHOOTING GEAR) AS WELL AS WARM CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR FOR TREKKING OUTSIDE TO FILM ON A POTENTIALLY MUDDY FARM. FOR THE LECTURE DAYS, A LAPTOP OR NOTEPAD TO TAKE NOTES WILL BE GREAT.



+ IN CASE I HAVE TO CANCEL, DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?

I'm sorry that we do not offer refunds, however, you are welcome to transfer your ticket to someone else.



+ what IF I CAN ONLY COME FOR PART OF THE WORKSHOP?

IF YOU ARE ONLY ABLE TO ATTEND ONE OR TWO DAYS, THE FULL TICKET PRICE STILL APPLIES. WE UNDERSTAND THAT CONFLICTS SOMETIMES ARISE, SO YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND AS MUCH OF THE WORKSHOP DAYS AS YOU ARE ABLE.



+ who is make believe for? how much filmmaking experience do i need?

WE WELCOME FILMMAKERS OF ALL STAGES, HOWEVER WE BELIEVE OUR WORKSHOP WILL BE BEST CATERED TOWARDS STORYTELLERS IN THE FIRST 5 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL WORK OR THOSE IN 5+ WHO ARE FEELING STUCK IN THEIR PROCESS AND are looking to go deeper. IN PARTICULAR, WE ALSO WELCOME THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING TO BECOME MORE STORY-CENTRIC WITH THEIR WORK. PHOTOGRAPHERS TURNED FILMMAKERS ARE PERFECT FOR MAKE BELIEVE. WE DO ADVISE THAT YOU HAVE SOME CAMERA EXPERIENCE AS WE WILL NOT BE TEACHING THE BASICS BUT RATHER EXPANDING UPON THEM.



+                                       is a workshop for documentary, event, and wedding filmmakers seeking to dive deeper to uncover greater meaning and authenticity in the stories they capture. 

+                                       is a WELCOMING space for filmmakers to join as a community, share their struggles and goals, practice new methods, learn from one another and build their filmmaking network for future crews. 



make believe

MISSION

make believe

+                                is a workshop for documentary, event, and wedding filmmakers seeking to dive deeper to uncover greater meaning and authenticity in the stories they capture. 

+                                is a WELCOMING space for filmmakers to join as a community, share their struggles and goals, practice new methods, learn from one another and build their filmmaking network for future crews. 



MISSION

make believe

make believe

much love to our sponsors

- Aoki + barry

Not only do we have photos but our memories are art. She captured everything brilliantly!

- Watson + Peter

So many beautiful pictures to choose from to hang up on the wall. Thank you so much Pearl!

much love to our sponsors

- Aoki + barry

Not only do we have photos but our memories are art. She captured everything brilliantly!

- Watson + Peter

So many beautiful pictures to choose from to hang up on the wall. Thank you so much Pearl!

WE'RE HERE TO HELP -
workshops@birdhouseweddings.com



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