| Made for the Aspiring Filmmaker |
Mentor: Prashant Desai
Duration: 9/16 Days
This is an intensive, comprehensive hands-on filmmaking workshop in Pune where the aesthetics of cinema are explained in theory as well as in practice.
Participants will learn the narrative film form and the collaborative nature of its creation by participating in its production process.
- Screening and analysis 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 filmmaking, from History of Cinema, Screenwriting, Direction, Production, Cinematography to Video 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
This Workshop is suitable for:
- Passionate individuals who want to learn to make movies.
- Students who are considering films as a vocational pursuit.
- Film industry/Media professionals working in any department.
- Aspiring Youtube/online video content creators.
- Educators/Trainers (to make films as a tool for training)
We are currently running two modules for Filmmaking:
- 9-day Filmmaking Workshop
Theory & Practicals + 5-7 minute Short Film
- 16-day Filmmaking Workshop
Theory & Practicals + Extra sessions on Direction + 2 Exercise Films + 5-7 minute Short Film
Prof. Prashant Desai (Anchor Faculty) graduated from the Film & television Institute of India (FTII), Pune 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. Prashant 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.
- Origins of Cinema: What is Cinema? Why do we watch Films?
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.
- 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 (or other relevant Film)
- 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
- Film Screening and analysis
- Pre-Production duties of a Director
- Production duties
Handling Actors, working with the DOP
- Post Production duties of a Director
Working with the Editor
- 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
- Script formatting
- Discussion of story ideas for short film.
Development of script (Plot, Characters, Basic story line)
- 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
- Lights and Lighting
Practice Session with Lights and DSLR camera
- 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
- Editing Concepts:
Rhythm and pace of a film
- History of Editing:
Soviet Montage; American Continuity; French New Wave
- Storytelling through Editing
- Types of Cuts: Jump cut, Match cut, Cutting on action, et al.
- Transitions: Fade, Dissolve, Wipe, Iris, et al.
- Layering Music and Sounds on the Video
- Making a First Cut: Rushes, Assembly, & Software.
Film Production: Writing, Shooting, and Editing
Students will learn about the production process by making their own Short Film.
- The development of the final film will begin during the screenwriting session.
- In preparation of the shoot, students will:
Write the final draft of the Screenplay
Create a Story-Board for the Film
Make Shot Divisions; shooting schedule
Scene breakdown; Props and equipment required
Make Props; Design and create sets
- Our professors will be present during the entirety of the shoot, constantly guiding the students and ensuring that the correct methods are followed.
- Roles/duties will be rotated regularly between students to allow them to experience all the different aspects of a Film shoot.
- The day after the shoot, students will sit with an editor and edit all the footage that was shot.
Behind the Scenes
21 Dec - 5 Jan
10:00am to 06:00pm
(hours may extend)
Early Bird Offer: Rs.32000/-
(Offer Valid till 11th Dec/ first 6 registrations)
Total Seats: 8