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It’s here: The oft-hyped, much-awaited Action House Film Department!

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In den nächsten Wochen beginnt bei uns im Action House eine neue Ära: Wir zeigen Euch, wie man Filme macht. Unsere derzeitige Planung sieht vor, dass wir zwei parallel laufende Kurse anbieten. Der erste Kurs ist etwas für Film-/ Kino-Liebhaber. Hier befassen wir uns mit den Anfängen des Films und den verschiedenen Phasen seiner Entwicklung. Wir analysieren eine Auswahl klassischer Meisterwerke, diskutieren den kulturellen und historischen Kontext und die Karrieren der bekanntesten Filmschauspieler und Filmemacher.

Dieser Kurs ist als Theoriekurs konzipiert, aber Theorie alleine ist einfach nicht genug, weshalb wir parallel dazu einen Filmproduktionskurs anbieten. Dieser Kurs führt Euch anschaulich durch alle Phasen der Produktion. Ihr könnt also das Filmemachen von Anfang bis Ende lernen. Wir zeigen Euch, wie man Drehbuch und Storyboard schreibt, wie Kostenplanung, Bildkomposition, Kameraführung, Filmschnitt usw. ablaufen.

Das Beste zum Schluss: Zusätzlich zu diesen beiden Kurse möchten wir einen Kurzfilmwettbewerb ausschreiben! Näheres erfahrt Ihr regelmäßig auf diesem Blog/ im Newsletter/auf Facebook etc.

Auf jeden Fall freuen wir uns sehr über diese neuen Entwicklungen und hoffen auf Eure rege Beteiligung.

Vorbesprechung für alle Interessenten im Action House (Bergheimer Str. 131) am Samstag, den 15. Okt. um 20 Uhr. Wer nicht kommen kann, aber Interesse an einem oder beiden Filmkursen hat, bitte per Mail Bescheid geben:actionhousehd@gmail.com

In the coming weeks, Action House will add a film department to our repertoire. As currently planned, we will be leading two courses in tandem. One course will be a film appreciation course, in which we will learn about film history, examining the early beginnings of film and going through the various stages of the development of film, deconstructing and analyzing a choice selection of classic film masterpieces, discussing the cultural and historical circumstances surrounding them, and studying the careers of noteworthy and significant persons of interest.

This course could be described as a course in film theory, but theory alone is just not enough, which is why we’re also offering a parallel course teaching film production. This second course will take you through all the steps of preproduction, production and post production so you can learn filmmaking from start to finish. We will discuss scriptwriting, storyboarding, budgeting, shot composition, camera techniques, editing, and other similar topics.

In addition to these two courses, we have some other goodies in store for you. We’re really excited to see how this develops, although that will largely depend on your involvement and commitment. At the moment, we imagine we’ll be hosting several short film competitions, as well as other live film events, and perhaps even a few web shows.

These extras are open to everyone. Even if you don’t sign up for either (or both) of the film courses, you can participate in the other elements of the Action House Film Department, but keep in mind that a little extra knowledge might give you a distinct advantage over those not signed up for class. Whatever the case may be, we’re really looking forward to these new developments and we hope that you’ll join us in making it all happen. To that end, we’d like to invite you to a preliminary meeting at Action House to discuss everything in greater detail. Please come to Action House (Bergheimerstr. 131) on Saturday the 15th of October at 8:00 in the evening. (If you can’t make it, please let us know anyway that you’re interested in the Film Department and we’ll keep you informed.)


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The role “kreativität” plays in Education.

Do you realize how important „kreativität“ is for your life?

You were made to be creative.  (So what happened?)

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite Youtube videos, and let them speak for me as to why we do what we do.  You may have seen one or more of them before, but if you really want to understand what lies at the core of Action House Heidelberg, it’s important to realize how archaic our school system is, and how desperately we need to update it, replace it, or augment it with alternatives, or else be prepared to face the consequences for our inaction.  It’s time for Education 2.0.

By the way, if you have any difficulty understanding the British English in the videos below, I recommend watching them here, with English subtitles on (the video avatars are in the upper right corner), or you could read the transcript (for the first video only).

While I’m thinking of it, these videos are obviously quite long; why don’t you go ahead and bookmark this page, or better yet, subscribe to our RSS feed. (And while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.)

We appreciate your comments.

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We Started a BLOG!

And here it is. Please help us spread the word!

A little bit about us:

Action House Heidelberg is collaborative working space for creatively and artistically-minded people (and those who would like to be).  We want to support young artists and entrepreneurs as they shape the face of the community. In addition to offering creative space, we offer training courses, workshops, seminars and so on in various creative areas, including fashion design, video production, language training, music, and graphic design, among others.  So if you want to expand your kreativität, we’re just what you’re looking for.

There are multiple ways you can tell the world about us:
1. Interact with us.  Like, Tweet, or share our forward entries to all of your friends (and we also welcome your comments)!

2. Get automatic updates through RSS to your favorite feed reader!

3. Follow us on Twitter (@ActionHouseHD)!

4. Become a fan of our Facebook Page!

5. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

If you’re REALLY on fire to help us out, and especially if you live near Heidelberg, Germany, let us know and we’ll be glad to arrange something!

Stay awesome, and Keep a lookout for more to come!

And just for good measure, here’s one final EXCLAMATION POINT!

Oh, and here are some additional articles floating around the internet for you to check out…

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The Economic and Social Impact of Kreativität

Since we posted such long videos last time, we thought we’d continue with a couple more rather long videos dealing with the importance of „kreativität“ in our time.

As mentioned in our previous update, since these two videos are quite long, it’s a good idea to bookmark this page, although we strongly recommend that you also subscribe to our free updates through our RSS feed.  Other ways to stay updated include following Action House on Twitter or becoming a fan on Facebook.

Our videos feature a man named Richard Florida who is probably best known for his book, „The Rise Of the Creative Class“ (which I highly recommend).

These two videos are about an hour each, and the content is very similar, so if you only wish to watch one, I think the second is the better choice, as it’s more polished and easier to understand.  However, both videos are quite good, and I recommend watching both (and taking notes!) if you can.

I do also have to mention that the videos are a bit American-centric, but there’s no reason why we can’t extract principles we can apply to our own region.

When I consider what Richard Florida has to say about how creativity affects PLACES, I can’t help but think back to a thesis paper I once wrote.  In it, I explained how certain events in German history changed the cultural identity of our city, Heidelberg.

A Lesson From History
When Napoleon won the battle of Jena-Auerstedt in 1806, he decided to close the University there.  However, the University of Heidelberg was allowed to stay open because of what was called the Confederation of the Rhine.  (This basically meant that the people who lived near the Rhine were required to provide their sons to Napoleon’s army, and in exchange, they were granted certain amenities.)  At that time there were not many Universities in Germany, and when the University of Jena was shut down, it created a migration of students to Heidelberg.  This gathering of young minds sparked new ideas in art, politics, and culture, and effectively turned Heidelberg into the epicenter of the Romantic Movement in Germany in the 19th century.  From this movement came the first student groups (called Burschenschaften) and ultimately, a composite image of the national German identity was formed, culminating with the formation of the German Empire in 1871.

This is our cultural heritage.

We believe that by training people to develop their creativity, we are having a direct impact on the social and economic vibrancy of our region.  This is why we do what we do, because „kreativität“ is crucially important.

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Coming Soon: Englisch Training im Action House Heidelberg

I just released my third and final video regarding the English Conversation Course I will be offering at Action House Starting in January.

Just to recap, here are all three videos, in chronological order (but if you don’t need a recap, just scroll down to the third video, and if you don’t feel like watching videos, just scroll down a bit further):

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Englisch Training in Action House Heidelberg


Coming Soon: Englisch Training im Action House Heidelberg


In short, starting on Monday, January 3rd, at 6:00 pm, I will begin the English conversation course I’ve been so excited about the last few months.

The cost of the course is 50€ per month, which works out to either 10€ or 12.50€, depending on which month it is, and which day of the week we all agree on.  However, you may recall that I said in the second video that facebook users who helped us establish our presence on facebook (either by „liking“ our facebook page, sharing and commenting on our content, and suggesting our page to their friends) wouldn’t have to pay a thing for the first month.

That means that if you are a fan of our facebook page, or can prove that you’ve supported us in some way, you can get in for free.

If you’re not able to come on Monday the 3rd (or Mondays in general), write an email to ActionHouseHD @ Gmail . com and let me know what would be best for you.  (However, I do plan on discussing dates and times on the 3rd, so if you’ll be there, don’t worry about it.)

Now, if I’ve left anything out, or if you have any questions, please leave us a comment, write an email or otherwise get in contact with us.  Oh and–tell your friends.

See ya soon!

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