4-Week Intensive in Film Production

 

Workshop 101     -     Journey into Spirit

WORKSHOP 102   -   Screenplay Writing

WORKSHOP 103   -   Acting and Directing for the Camera

WORKSHOP 104   -   Cinematography and Lighting

WORKSHOP 105   -   Story Boarding and Preproduction

WORKSHOP 106   -   Professional Digital Video Production

WORKSHOP 107   -   Professional Editing and Sound Track                                           Scoring with Final Cut Pro

WORKSHOP 108   -   Film Marketing and Distribution 

 

           Each Student creates their own original Film short.

                 Our Workshops:

               Journey into Spirit                  

This workshop includes  mediation, creative visualization, intuitive drawing, Transformational Art, mask making and creative  storytelling. writing to unblock the creative flow and help participants to better access their higher intuitive abilities There is always a nurturing  The goal is to unblock the creative flow increasing personal and spiritual growth and connection through art and creative expression helping participants lead a more passionate, creative and deeply connected life and produce art work that is deeply significant. The text used is The Artist's Way by Julian de Cameron.

Tours of the museums, churches, palaces to learn the  esoteric symbology, music , sacred geometry, astrology and philosophies of the Renaissance will be employed to help students gain a broader conception of the spiritual essence behind  the Art and its transmutational power upon the human soul.True Art radiates from the Soul of the Artist profoundly touching the Soul of the Beholder. It takes courage to bare your Soul before the world, but being true to your soul self is the only way to touch the souls of others. This Workshop will take you the Artist through an amazing journey of self discovery. Using Adv. Meditation, Creative Visualization, Transformational Art, Improvisation, Creative Writing, Yoga and Mythic Story Structure you will develop a profound trust of your own Intuitive Voice and let it guide you in your artistic creations.

 

                    Screen Play Writing

This class is conducted by a professional screenplay writers and author. Students will leave the class with a perfected Pitch, and a completed Professional Short Screenplay or Documentary Script or a Treatment for a Feature length Screenplay. Student will also learn to recognize their own unique way of putting words and images together. All completed Screenplay shorts will be reviewed by our production company Infinite Human Productions for consideration. 

 

Course includes:

Writers’ Laboratory: 2 hours daily of intensive instruction and experimental exercises where students will learn the foundation of solid screenplay writing:

 

Students will learn the foundation of solid story structure popularized by Joseph Campbell mentor to George Lucas the creator of Star Wars. Students will learn how to write Professional scripts and make them highly personal and original by delving  into their own personal journey as the hero in their story, facing their shadow self and  uncovering  their own unique story telling style and writer’s voice.  Students will learn how to create rich full characters that comes to life as they move into their own unchartered areas of self discovery and risk being unique!

 

In the Field:

The Writer’s Tour of Florence :

Students utilize the art of Florence as a way of inspiring them to create rich and deeply personal characters that will help the hero as they journey through their life story. Students will pay respects to the writers who went before them then enter into the secret world of symbols, metaphors, and dreams that speak to the sub conscious of their audience and learn how to translate them into their own artistic vision to more effectively impact their audience.

 

Topics Covered:

Perfecting the Pitch

Mythic Story Structure

Jungian Archetypes

The Hero’s Journey: Three Act Structure

Creating Compelling Characters that drive the plot.

Weaving Plot, Theme and Structure

The Creative Use of Metaphor

Creating Strong Dialog

The Mechanics of Writing a Professional Script

There will be a great deal of time dedicated for  independent writing assignments and completion of the final Screenplay.

             Acting & Directing for the Camera

This class's unique focus is to bring Actors and Directors together and to help actors deliver their highest performances in front of the camera. Students will have the opportunity to perform on both sides of the camera to gain a better understanding of the creative process and the collaborative efforts involved in intuitive acting and directing. Students will write, direct and perform a short  monologue which will be filmed and used as part of their professional portfolio or as an audition piece. These audition pieces will also be put into our data based to be used for casting in Student Films, Theatre Companies and Professional Films that are shot on location here in Florence . While the workshop is very challenging we also create a nurturing, safe and creatively free environment where actors can experiment and play!

 

Theatrical Laboratory :

This portion of the acting workshop will help actors unblock any thing that may be stopping them from fully expressing themselves. They will gently move through their personal restrictions gaining a stronger sense of their true selves and more confidence in letting go and trusting their own inner voice. Actors and directors will learn to trust their gut feelings about a character and go with their intuitive interpretations.

 

Writing Laboratory:

Students will  have the opportunity to create and write their write their own monolog that best exhibits their talents.

 

Directing Laboratory :

 

 Actor Whisperer: Actors and Directors will take turns coaching one and other to help actors reach their most relaxed and powerful performance in front of the camera. Through the tools of intuitive directing Actors and Directors will collaborate together to  create a comfortable, relaxed working environment and deepen the understanding and expression of the actor.

 

On Location Shooting:

Students will also have the opportunity to film on location learning how to work with crowd control and maintaining concentration with the distractions of on location shooting.

Analysis:

Students will then play back their performances learning to constructive analysis their work and use it as an impetus for self improvement.

                            Cinematography & Lighting

Students will have the opportunity to develop their own inner artistic eye. They will learn the basics involved in motivating the frames by story using composition ,color line, symbolic representation, and creating mood and tone through lighting. Students will see film clips by diverse directors and have the opportunity to analysis them and extract elements they would like to incorporate into their own style.

 

Course consists of:

Lecture Series 2 hours daily.

 

In The Field Assignments:

Students will learn by observing the artistic developments and techniques of the Master Artists through out the ages and how they developed perspective, line, color and composition. They will see how they represented the mundane and celestial worlds , their use of Chiaro Scuro techniques to create lighting effects and shadows.

 

Students will collect their own portfolio of visual images, analysis them in class based on their effective use of the elements of composition they will have studied.

 

Story Telling with Imagery:

Students will learn how to arrange their pictures into a sequence that motivates the frame by a theme.

 

Analysis:

Students will have the opportunity to constructively analysis their work and see where they can improve on their style and technique and begin to become aware of their unique way of perceiving the world around them.

This Class is perfect for Film makers and Photographers who wish to perfect their technical skills and more profoundly develop their own inner artistic eye.

Story Boarding

Students will have the opportunity to develop their own inner artistic eye. They will learn the basics involved in motivating the frames by story using composition ,color line, symbolic representation, and creating mood and tone through lighting. Students will see film clips by diverse directors and have the opportunity to analysis them and extract elements they would like to incorporate into their own style.

 

Course consists of:

Lecture Series 2 hours daily.

 

In The Field Assignments:

Students will learn by observing the artistic developments and techniques of the Master Artists through out the ages and how they developed perspective, line, color and composition. They will see how they represented the mundane and celestial worlds , their use of Chiaro Scuro techniques to create lighting effects and shadows.

 

Students will collect their own portfolio of visual images, analysis them in class based on their effective use of the elements of composition they will have studied.

 

Story Telling with Imagery:

Students will learn how to arrange their pictures into a sequence that motivates the frame by a theme.

 

Analysis:

Students will have the opportunity to constructively analysis their work and see where they can improve on their style and technique and begin to become aware of their unique way of perceiving the world around them.

This Class is perfect for Film makers and Photographers who wish to perfect their technical skills and more profoundly develop their own inner artistic eye.

 

Professional Video Production

Digital Video Production:

Students will be introduces to the fast changing choices and possibilities now available in digital film production. Students will learn how to choose the best cameras and equipment and make cost effective choices for creating their own low budget professionally executed films. They will learn how to achieve the highest professional level for the lowest cost.

Then Students will through hands on exercises and have the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment learning how to conduct interviews, capture motion, record sound and work in various filming modalities. Students will have the opportunity to shoot with state of the art video cameras and analysis their raw footage in class.

 

Course Includes:

Lectures: 2 hours daily on the Psychology of the Camera. Students will explore how to best utilize the camera: angles, lens and framing the shot to motivate their story.

 

Hands on Camera Work:

Students will learn and experiment with different modalities:

 

White Balance

Shutter Speed

Focus

Use of Tripod

Use of Battery and Charger

Video Latitude

Use of Microphones

Moving Sequences,

Eye piece 

Close ups

Wide Angles

Making Pulls and Zooms

Slating

 

In the Field On Location Shooting around Florence :

Students will shoot on location in Florence .

 

Analysis:

Students will play back their footage analysis their shot choices on how well they communicated what they were going for as well as receiving constructive feed back on any technical problems they may have encountered. Students will have their film exercises reviewed and critiqued.

Duration: 1-Week Intensive

                     Professional Editing & Sound Design

This Workshop covers both the technical and aesthetic aspects of editing. Understanding Story telling techniques and the basics of dramaturgy is key in furthering the creative vision of the director. Technical skills will be taught using the language of film and the organization of raw footage and sound material. Students will learn the concept of joining powerful images together in a succinct fashion to tell their story in a fresh and original manner. Students will learn how to use non-linear soft ware on their computers emphasizing the Art and Craft of creating cogent sequences that serve the story. Students will also learn how to use transitions, sequence motions and special effects motivated by story, theme and metaphor.

 

Workshop Includes:

 lectures  and supervised Lab time with hands on mentoring. Independent Lab Time. 

 

Sound Design

For a film to realize its' full potential to communicate ideas, a

Filmmaker needs more than knowledge of camera angles, lighting and a good

Script.  Sound & music are also key elements of how a film

tells the story intended by the filmmaker. This workshop will provide

valuable insights, by giving students a platform to enhance their

awareness of sound & music, and practical tips on how to incorporate

sound & music into their film projects.

 

Students will learn:

 

- how to recognize the impact of sound & music on a film's mood and message.

- how sound & music communicates ideas.

- a brief overview of techniques used by professional sound designers,

with emphasis on modern digital technologies.

 

Activities include:

 

- exercises that demonstrate how sound & music affect perception.

- techniques on selecting sound & music for film.

- hands-on experience incorporating sound & music into a film project.

 

In the Field:

Students will tour Florence and learn to listen to the city. They will collect sounds around the city of Florence to be used as sound effects.

Students are encouraged (but not required) to provide clips from their own film productions for various workshop exercises

                     Film Marketing & Distribution

Using a unique approach to Creative Marketing  this workshop will teach the  ins and outs traditional film markets and give film makers a head start in how to get into the new global markets that are now opening .  Students will learn of the best markets and  distribution avenues for their films. They will learn which are the best opportunities for funding, distribution, and how to choose the best Film Festivals for their films. 

Students will also learn the latest techniques in multimedia viral marketing to get their name and their work to their target audience. 

Through  hands on experiences of creating logos, movie posters and press kits and promo trailers which will be published on our You Tube Channel New Renaissance News. Students will collaborate in creating a publicity packages for The Florence International Film Festival and have the opportunity to work inside the Festival.

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