Inizio corso

Date

Il corso comincia ufficialmente l’8 novembre e terminerà il 24 gennaio. 6 incontri, sempre di mercoledì.

Programma

Il corso si svolge in lingua inglese. Di seguito la struttura e i temi del corso. 

Program

Class 1 – Filmmaking 101 – 8.11.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– What is a documentary? Break free from the accepted rules and create your “own” story.
– Tragedies, illnesses, catastrophes and sad people. Why you should try (also) to tell happy documentary stories.
– How are documentary stories told? The different styles of storytelling: real life, interviews, with or without a host, mockumentary.
– Any story is a good story if well told. The approach to finding a story and the importance of personal feelings in storytelling.
– What do I need to shoot: camera/smartphone, pc.
– Writing or not writing? How far should filmmakers go with their script.
 
Class 2 – Working with your story – 15.11.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– How to tell if a story is worth being told
– Red flags 1: stories you should avoid.
– Red flags 2: people you should avoid.
– How to approach a person to shoot a documentary.
– Shooting: how to make your story appear natural.
– The “fly on the wall”: how to disappear behind the camera.
– Emphatic listening and the key to good interviews.
 
Class 3 – Hands on your camera – 29.11.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– Basics of smartphone cinematography. How to hold a smartphone camera and how to operate it.
– Basics of camera cinematography avoiding zoom and multi-focal lenses.
– Audio: why a good sound is more important than good images.
– Shooting with natural light.
– Creating a shooting frame: concepts of shooting aesthetics.
– Project pitching! Suggesting stories and creating shooting teams.
 
Class 4 – Editing – 6.12.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– Basics of editing: please start telling your story from second 1.
– Why knowing editing is important to shoot good images.
– Editing with free programs.
– Editing with professional programs.
– Documentary dramaturgy: please don’t bore your audience.
– Creating emotions with editing. How to play an audience like an instrument.
– “Kill your darlings”: why your personal shooting experience is different than the story you are telling.
– Working with music: from Dogma to La La Land.
 
Class 5 – Rough-cut workshop – 17.01.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– Review of the projects and tips to make them even better.
– Closing a project: why “films projects are never finished, but abandoned”.
– Basics of subtitling.
 
Class 6 – How to call yourself a filmmaker and closing the final cut – 24.01.2017 – 19:00-21:00
 
– Review of the projects and tips to make them even better.
– Dreaming about a filmmaker career? Here’s what you need to know.
– Don’t trust the festival. A quick guide to festival submissions.
– “We are all dead” and other depressing statements by filmmakers and artists in general.
– The documentary film industry. How to have fun making film art and live happily.
– Preview of the following modules.

Frequenza

6 incontri di 2 ore, sempre di mercoledì, dalle 19.00 alle 21.00.