with Prashant Desai
This Workshop is suitable for:
Prof. Prashant Desai (Anchor Faculty) graduated from the Film & television Institute of India (FTII) in Cinema with specialization in Cinematography in 1982. Since then he has worked in the industry in various capacities in Cinematography, screenplay writing, Production and Direction. He has taught at FTII, Pune and NID, Ahmedabad. He was the HOD (Film & Video) at MIT Institute of Design, Pune and Xavier Institute of Communication, Mumbai. He teaches at SNDT, Mumbai, regularly since 1996. He has also taught at FLAME and MRID (Maharaja Ranjit Singh Gaekwad Institute of Design, Baroda) His Filmmaking workshops are highly appreciated by the participants. He is also a partner at Living Bridge.
This is an intensive, comprehensive hands-on workshop in which aesthetics of filmmaking are explained in theory as well in practice.
- Learn the narrative film form and
- The collaborative nature of its creation by
- Participating in its productive process.
- Screening of classic masterpieces will give a sense of the power of this medium.
- A team of experienced mentors and other film industry professionals from various areas of expertise will instruct and guide the participants through all major stages of professional film making, from History of Cinema, Scriptwriting, Directing actors and crew, Production, Videography to Digital Editing on FCP.
- During the course of the workshop a short film will be developed and produced by the participants. This will give you a practical experience of the entire filmmaking process
Course Duration : 9 Days (80-90 hrs)
(course structure is indicative and may change)
Understanding Cinema I
Origins of Cinema
Pioneers in the field of Cinema: Lumiere Brothers, Georges Melies, D. W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, et al
Film Language: Key Concepts
Semiotics in Cinema, Signs and Symbols
Screenings of films by Norman McLaren, Charles & Ray Eames, Maya Deren, et al. Samsara, Inception
Understanding Cinema II
Major Movements in Cinema
Hollywood Continuity, Soviet Montage, Italian neo-realism, French New Wave/ Nouvelle Vague, German Expressionism
Film Screening : Battleship Potemkin (or other relevant film)
Forms in Cinema: Documentary, Dominant Mainstream, Hollywood studio system, Film noir, et al
Introduction to the film theories: Sergei Eisenstein, Andre Bazin , auteur theory.
Film Screening: Roman Holiday, Citizen Kane, Breathless, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Assignment: Formulate story ideas for a short film
Screenwriting: An Introduction
Basic characteristics of "Cinematic" writing
Story Idea/Concept; Character and Plot
Writing Exercise with Prompts
The Three Act Structure - beginnings, middles and endings
Construction of scenes
Discussion of story ideas for short film (assignment)
Development of script (Plot, Characters, Basic storyline)
Writing first draft
Role of a Cinematographer
History - Cinema and Cameras
Basic Still Photography
Framing, Exposure, Depth of Field, Shutter Speed, et al.
Image Magnification, Area of Coverage, Plane of Focus
Camera and Gear options
Camera Movements and Continuity
Practice Session: HD Video recorder
Practice Session: Lights + HD Video recorder
Sound Design Essentials
Physics of Sound; Measurement and Units
Sound and Cinema: a brief history
Importance and Use of Sound
Diegetic and Non-diegetic sound
Recording Devices and Media; Storage Media
Live monitoring; Documentary sound recording
On set Duties; Post production duties
Practice Session: Live Recording a conversation
Grammar of Cinema
Mise-en-scene, Intellectual Montage , Deep Focus, 180-degree rule, shot/reverse-angle shot, Framing, Lighting, Close-up
Film Screening: Citizen Kane, Cinema Paradiso (or relevant film)
Role of the Director
Responsibilities during the entire process
Director as the author of the film
Vision and realization of vision through cinema
Pre-Production duties of a Director
Post Production duties of a Director
Film Screening; Revision of course by analyzing a Film
Soviet Montage; American Continuity; French New Wave
Storytelling through assembly of shots
Types of Cuts: Jump cut, Match cut, Cutting on action, et al.
Transitions: Fade, Dissolve, Wipe, Iris, et al.
Writing final draft of the Screenplay
Script narration with Actors and Producer
Creating a Story-Board for the Film
Shot Divisions; shooting schedule
Scene breakdown; Props and equipment required
Make Props; Design and create sets
Practical II: Production (Film Shoot)
Students will spend the whole day on set.
Roles/duties will be rotated regularly between students to allow them to experience all the different aspects of a Film shoot
Practical III: Postproduction
Editing on Final Cut Pro
Assembling shots; making a Rough cut
Selecting appropriate music
Layering Music and Sounds on the Video
Making a Final Cut