Workshops tailored to suit participants’ needs
The first two weeks of the programme include theoretical lectures and practical exercises. During the first week, the participants learn how to work in small, alternating groups, with each project engaging a different team. The third week is focused on actual film-making, editing and post-production.
The genre is not specified and the films can depict any topic. Each film is to be presented to the public and open for further discussion and critical analysis.
SCREENWRITING - The Foundations
Introduction to the film screenwriting - from an idea creation and narrative concepts, film space, characters, conflicts, themes and the actual narration development to simulations and three-act concepts. The adaptation skills and biographical films. After acquiring the basic principles of screenwriting, the participants will be able to turn their ideas into film stories.
DIRECTING - Creative Roles of a Director
The roles of a film director from the beginning of the process until its end, including the director’s collaboration with producers, writers, composers and chairmen of all other film-making departments. How does a director transform his creative vision into an explicit story? How to approach film-making, pre-visualisation and character development, and how to create a character-relationship-event associative connection? The director-actor relation.
CINEMATOGRAPHY - Storytelling by Means of a Camera
The job description of a cinematographer (director of photography). Basic recording and visual aesthetics techniques. How to design a ‘look’ and a ‘feeling’ for a particular story? Film composition, movement continuity, scene design and atmosphere set-up by film lighting techniques. The practical part will include the actual hands-on experience with the basic lighting settings, the application of green screen technology and motion capture.
Filming planning and organisation. Budget design. Target groups analysis. Detailed project planning and its elaboration. Assessments of filming locations. Documentation gathering, including obtaining official filming permits. Establishing a full film cast and crew. Equipment. The goal of the film and its target group. Film festivals. Funds and methods of application.
SOUND - Recording and Processing
The importance of the sound for the film world presented through various aspects of film creation - dialogues, sounds and music recordings and their editing; the relevance of sound department’s collaboration with the director, cinematographer and image editor. Technical aspects - how to use different microphones for different purposes in order to obtain the best results; how to achieve the best sound quality. Music - the relevance of music and sound for a film creation.
EDITING - Creative Ways of Storytelling
The basic principles of a film narrative. Different ways of editing a story.
The flow of a narrative, editing techniques and styles. Editing of short films, documentaries and motion pictures.
Collaboration with the director and postproduction department. Learning is based on Adobe Premiere and Final Cut software.
POSTPRODUCTION & IMAGE PROCESSING
Colour correction, computer-generated visual special effects. How to finalise the film’s imaging. Composite and Green Screen recording. The basics of animation, subtitles production and credits.
HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES
Film genres and their development - comedy, horror, documentary film and its sub-genres. Film analysis.