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This is an intensive, comprehensive hands-on filmmaking workshop where the aesthetics of cinema are explained in theory as well as in practice.
Participants will learn the narrative film form and the 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 filmmaking course a short film will be developed and produced by each participant. This will give you a practical experience of the entire filmmaking process.
WHO THIS WORKSHOP IS 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)
The Workshop will be conducted over 21 Days from 18:00 to 21:00 weekdays and 10:00 to 18:00 (with 2hr break in between) on weekends.
- Origins of Cinema: Why did we invent films?
- The medium of Images (moving): What is the true nature of this misunderstood art form?
- The Powers of Film: How, What, and Why do movies affect us?
- Film Language: Speaking with images, not words
Screenings of films by Norman McLaren, Charles & Ray Eames, Maya Deren, et al.
- Cinema vs other media
- Major Movements in Cinema: Hollywood Continuity, Soviet Montage, Italian neo-realism, French New Wave/ Nouvelle Vague, and more
- Forms in Cinema: Documentary, Dominant Mainstream, Independent, among other.
- Grammar of Cinema:
- Image size, magnification, Mise-en-scene, camera angles, camera movements, et al.
- Director as the author of the film: Vision and realization through cinema
- Role and duties of the Director: Responsibilities during the entire process
- Pre-Production duties of a Director: Screenplay, Shot divisions, Shooting Script
- Production duties of a Director: Handling Actors, working with the DOP, production designer and other other technicians.
- Post-Production duties
- 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
- Screenplay 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
- Introduction to Basics of Sound
- Aesthetic uses
- Technical aspects
- Importance of Sound in any A/V medium
- Sound and Cinema: a brief history
- Sound Designing – basic concepts, techniques and more
- The Sound Department
- Duties and responsibilities of sound personnel at different stages of filmmaking
- 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.
- 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
- Our mentor will be available to answer queries while you make your film, constantly guiding you and ensuring that the correct methods are followed.
About the Mentor
Cinematographer & Filmmaker
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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