Film Appreciation Virtual Workshop

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2 weeks

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Overview

A short film appreciation course to Deconstruct, Understand, and Appreciate the Magic of Cinema; while learning about the spectacle, struggles, & power of this Art form.


As film-buffs we passionately love and fiercely criticize the movies we watch. What we don’t realize is that our taste in cinema is also limited by our understanding of it.

A classical music concert is more enjoyable if you understand the nuances of the genre; a game of cricket more fulfilling if one can read the field set-up and predict the next delivery.

Just as a psychologist’s reading of the human mind, or a chess-player’s strategy in competition are all acquired skills, so is the understanding and appreciation of films.

In this two-week ( Mon-Fri; 3hrs per day) film appreciation course, we will break down the language of cinema in a manner that is understandable to even the most unaware.

COMPLETING THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU:

  • Understand the powers/characteristics of Cinema.
  • Learn how and why it is so influential in society.
  • Learn to  Analyse or “Read” a film.
  • Receive an e-Certificate on completion of the workshop (minimum 80% attendance)

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR:

If you have a passion for Cinema and want to learn more about this medium, this workshop is for you.

Also, if you are thinking of exploring films as a career option or planning to make films of your own, then this is a good place to start.

Do you ever wonder why some films stay with you for a long time (sometimes forever); Or that one scene that keeps cropping up  in your mind ever so often?

Have you ever watched a film where you found a character who inspired you to make changes to your own life?

Ever wonder why Politicians and Big Business are so keen to control Cinema (some they praise and others they denounce)? 

If these are some of the questions you want answers to or you have a passion for Cinema and want to learn more about this medium, this workshop is for you.

Also, if you are thinking of exploring films as a career option or planning to make films of your own, then this is a good place to start.

Film Appreciation Online Workshop

SYLLABUS

  • The medium that is Cinema: Why and how do movies affect us? How is a film  different from other media like novels or plays?
  • How film affects our experience of seeing
  • How film affects our perception of time and space: How are time and space  manipulated in Cinema?
  • A brief look at history
  • The future of cinema: All art forms, be it music, poetry, dance, theatre or even prose, have changed and evolved over the past centuries. But where is cinema heading?
  •  Origins of Cinema
  • Film Language: Key Concepts; Semiotics in Cinema, Signs and Symbols.
  • Introduction to the basic terminology of Filmmaking
Cinema Paradiso Living Bridge
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
  • CASE STUDIES OF CINEMA*

       1. Works of Charles & Ray Eames (Tops, Powers of Ten)             
       2. Works of Norman Mclaren (Neighbors, A Chairy Tale, and more)
       3. Naked Island
       4. Works of Maya Deren
       5. Cast Away: American Contemporary
       6. Inception : American Contemporary
           and as many short films as time permits

  • DOCUMENTARIES THAT MAY BE STUDIED*:

     1. Samsara
     2. Works of Bert Haanstra (Zoo, Glass)
         and more if time permits.

(*List of films is only indicative and is subject to change during the film appreciation workshop)
SOME SURPRISE SCREENINGS CAN BE EXPECTED

film appreciation workshop pune
Cast Away (2000)

About the Mentor

Prashant Desai Living Bridge Pune

Prashant Desai

Filmmaker & Photographer

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. 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 and Film Appreciation course are highly appreciated by the participants. He is also a partner at Living Bridge.

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    Sidharth Satheesh

    The workshop was an eye opener for me. I started to enjoy movies in a much more deeper level after taking this workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to know more about cinema. Just be patient enough, you'll walk out with a treasure.

    10 Aug 2020
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    Vipul Vivek

    This was my first formal encounter with film appreciation. Enjoyed it and learnt a lot of new things. Two working weeks is a really short time to discuss both technical and more general, philosophical aspects of appreciation. But I would still suggest including a little more discussion about film basics, both the study of symbols and the techniques of filmcraft. Just one session on looking at a film through the script structure (the Sydfield paradigm) has changed my understanding of films.

    10 Aug 2020
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    Charanjeet Kaur

    Film Appreciation Course

    Many thanks for this very focussed and intellectually stimulating workshop on Film Appreciation. Prof Prashant Desai has such a keen eye for the finer details and nuances of a film that what we learnt was actually a new way of 'seeing'. The selection of films was excellent. Have been going back to a number of my favourite films since the course ended and taking in many more levels of meaning, and understanding the multiple thematic layers which visual details reveal. Thanks once, again.Dr Charanjeet Kaur Academician,

    24 Jul 2020
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    Irfannaqqash Rahman

    Helped me understand cinema better

    It was a fantastic experience, the perspective of looking at cinema has changed in me completely. Prashant Sir's plethora of knowledge and expertise helped me understand cinema better. If you're exploring yourself and not sure whether this podium is for you, then please do this course. It will definitely help.

    21 Jul 2020
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    Nivedita Majumdar

    Enlightening session

    What more one could ask for during this lockdown period, discussing films and learning the art of appreciation with the mentor like Prasant Desai sir. Big thanks to Living Bridge team to provide such enlightening session and giving us an opportunity to love this moving image art. looking forward for more to come. Regards.

    21 Jul 2020
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