Athenaeum Hosts Filmmaking Essentials Workshop

By Editorial Team on August 29, 2022
Courtesy of Athenaeum.
Free Workshops: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Morning class: 10 am – 1 pm
Afternoon class: 2 – 5 pm
Free but registration is required (see links below)

Join NVAA for a free Filmmaking Workshop and learn the fundamentals of cinematography on September 10th at the Durant Center in Alexandria!

Learn the essentials of film directing and cinematography from experts with years of industry expertise! We welcome you to participate in Filmmaking Essentials, a free interactive workshop with local artist and filmmaker Al Hallak and cinematographer Austin Reeves, who are collaborating with the Athenaeum, recipient of a Creative Neighborhood Grant Program award, for this special workshop at the Durant Center in Alexandria, VA.

Sign up for the Filmmaking Essentials workshop. Choose the morning or afternoon session.


Participants must be 16+. Seating is limited for the workshop and RSVP is required.

Workshop Details
This intensive, hands-on workshop will give you the information and skills you need to create quality narrative content. You will rotate among crew positions and collaborate with others to film a one-page script. You will learn key information about producing, directing, working with actors, cinematography, and sound mixing. Participants will learn how to operate a camera, and use the lights and sound gear to film.

Workshop topics:

  • Planning your shoot
  • Working with actors
  • Essentials of producing and directing
  • Fundamentals of cinematography


  • Durant Center
    1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Date and times:

  • Morning class: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10 am to 1 pm
  • Afternoon class: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm

About the workshop instructors:
Al Hallak is a producer, director, educator, and entrepreneur. For over a decade, Hallak has produced and directed numerous award-winning film projects. In 2013, he started his own film production company in Burbank, California, received a certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Burbank, and was commended by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

As an educator, Hallak has taught at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and The New School in New York City. He also has served as a consultant at the United States Agency for Global Media in Washington, DC. Hallak has served as a judge and critic at competitive film screening events including The Washington West Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival. He founded Pitch to Screen Awards in 2017 to promote innovative cinematic works from both celebrated filmmakers and emerging talent.

Austin Reeves is a cinematographer with a combined 20-year background in film, video production, and broadcast television. Working in a wide range of genres throughout his career, he’s been fortunate enough to work for networks, television shows, musicians, corporate clients, and non-profits on a variety of projects in both long and short forms.

He loves the variety of skill sets one needs as a successful cinematographer. It’s his diverse background that he enjoys calling upon to create a vivid and emotional story.