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Costume Design, Class with Raúl Ramos

We had a special Saturday dedicated to costume design with a class led by Raúl Ramos, a designer with extensive experience in cinema and moreover… we streamed it live! In this post, we’ll tell you all about it!

  1. Who is Raúl Ramos?
  2. Interview
  3. What is streaming?

 

Let’s get into it!

Who is our costume design teacher?

Raúl Ramos is a costume designer with extensive experience in Spanish and European films such as Teresa, the Body of Christ, or Garden of Eden.

Interview

What was the first class like at B.Movie and what did the students learn? – I hope it served them to understand how important costume design and art direction are within a film production, as all departments are linked in the same vision. Even if you want to be a director, director of photography, or art director, etc., all departments move together. The costume department not only dresses the actors, but they also have to get into the skin of each character, understand why they do things, and know where they come from and where they are going, in order to create a wardrobe that is not only suitable for each character but also evolves within the story we are telling, all within parameters dictated by the direction. Many people think that dressing a character is just that and do not understand that the psychology of the character within a story and how we can play with all of this when creating an entire imaginary world within our heads to make the vision of each production a reality. What was your experience of the live stream? – Being able to reach more people through the internet opens up many possibilities, especially for those who, due to their geographical location, do not have access to this type of talks, courses, etc. I think the internet is a fascinating tool for this, I remember when I was younger and there was no internet, you had to stick to the information that came to you without any other option, even in big cities there were many more ways to search for that information but it is true that thanks to these kinds of tools, we can say that “if someone doesn’t know, it’s because they don’t want to”.

What is streaming?

Streaming is a highly important tool for live transmission with a good standard of quality. In these times of pandemic, where new prevention and health safety measures are updated every moment and often condition us in our activities, streaming comes to overcome these difficulties, giving the possibility of attending and interacting live, but from home, in the classes of our school. This happened last Saturday at our film school, and we remind you that Raúl will be teaching a comprehensive and technical course in costume design starting January 2021, and you can already enroll to secure your spot. Don’t forget where to find us, for the school’s address click here, and if you want to enroll, register here. See you very soon with another super interesting post.

Acting for Camera Classes

This Saturday, the students from our school’s Acting for Camera course in the filmmaking program were working on creating their own scene. The exercise consists of composing, with complete freedom, the scene they themselves want to star in. They should be able to cover, with discretion and from their own initiative, all areas involved. They can use references or do it completely original, thinking about the setting with all the necessary props, the preferred lighting to create the appropriate atmosphere, and, of course, the script. They have already started testing and rehearsing their ideas, and the filming is approaching, where the students from the filmmaking course will be able to assist them with the technical aspects. Completing this exercise will allow them to save the material in professional quality to continue building their showreels, which will be crucial in job searches and audiovisual experiences. We’ll be back soon with more updates from our courses! And remember, if you enjoy being both in front or behind the camera, we surely have a course for you! Don’t forget where to find us, for the school’s address click here. And if you want to be part of any film course, enroll here

Sitcom pilot in the filmmaking course

FINAL PROJECT OF THE FILMMAKING COURSE STUDENTS AT OUR FILM SCHOOL

As the end of this course approaches, the students are ready to film their first sitcom.

During the last few weeks of the filmmaking course at Bmovie School film school, the students worked in three groups. Each of these groups had the arduous task of writing three scripts, respectively, for a first episode (or pilot episode) of a sitcom. After several weeks of research, corrections, and laughter, there are now three finalized scripts for a first episode of comedy.

What’s next?

Now it’s time to film! The final project consists of filming, with all the students together, one of these three scripts. To choose which one, we have set up a voting system where teachers and students have already made a decision, and very soon we will also know the decision of the public and our community on social media. If you want to know more about these scripts and, why not? vote for a favorite, you can do so on our Facebook or on our instagram-  Also, remember that this course is coming to an end, but registrations for the summer courses at the school are now open. Do you like cinema? Sign up here!

THE SITCOM AND OUR FILM COURSES!

Do you know about our film courses? Very soon we will start a new shoot with the filmmaking students, the course for young people at Bmovie School, the film school in Alicante. Last Friday, the public voting ended. Along with the votes from the students and the teachers, they chose a winner: “Alma Mater”. “Alma Mater” is the script from one of the three filmmaking groups, featuring a group of teenagers and their particularities, living their days and resolving conflicts in a foster home. Now the fun begins! Finalizing script details and kicking off the production of the first episode of this sitcom. Each of the students will take on a role within the audiovisual technical team and, with professionalism, fulfill the tasks of each area to ensure the necessary materials are ready for the shooting day. Shooting an episode of a series is the opportunity to learn how to work in the professional audiovisual world. It’s important to meet the established shooting times, understanding practically what each role entails, what their responsibilities are, and – considering all this – also learning how teamwork is organized. We are very excited about this project and we want to share it! If you love the world of cinema and want to join our courses, don’t forget that registrations are now open for the summer courses.

  • Filmmaking
  • On-camera Acting
  • Editing and Montage

You can enroll here or visit our film school here.

See you soon!

Camera Movement in Comedy

The Importance of Camera Movement in Comedy: Creating Rhythm and Visual Emphasis

The genre of cinematic comedy greatly benefits from the clever use of camera movement to enhance storytelling and generate laughs. Through strategic movements, filmmakers can add dynamism, rhythm, and visual emphasis to comedic situations. In this blog, we will explore the importance of camera movement in comedy films, citing iconic examples.

1. Establishing Rhythm and Timing:

Camera movement can be a fundamental tool for establishing rhythm and timing in comedic scenes. The use of quick and precise movements can enhance punchline moments and improve the cadence of jokes. A classic example is the movie “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), directed by Edgar Wright, where the ingenious use of camera movements significantly contributes to the visual humor and comedic rhythm.

2. Enhancing Comic Exaggeration:

Comedy often relies on exaggeration, and camera movement can enhance this feature. In “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” (2004), directed by Adam McKay, exaggerated shots and extravagant camera movements highlight the absurd and comic nature of the situations, contributing to the humorous tone of the film.

3. Highlighting Visual Ironies:

Camera movement can be used to highlight visual ironies, generating comic contrasts. In “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), directed by Wes Anderson, the director’s distinctive style includes precise and symmetrical camera movements that emphasize comedic and absurd situations, accentuating the visually humorous nature of the film.

4. Adding Elements of Surprise:

Surprise is essential in comedy, and camera movement can be used to create unexpected twists. In the movie “Hot Fuzz” (2007), also directed by Edgar Wright, camera movement is used in surprising ways to add comic twists to action scenes, subverting the viewer’s expectations in a humorous manner.

5. Creating Dynamism in Group Scenes:

In comedies involving group scenes, camera movement can create dynamism and keep the focus on multiple characters. The movie “Bridesmaids” (2011), directed by Paul Feig, uses skillful camera movements to highlight the comedic interactions and chaos in group scenes, contributing to the overall energy of the comedy.

6. Facilitating Slapstick and Physical Comedy:

In slapstick and physical comedy, camera movement plays a crucial role. In “The Three Stooges” (2012), directed by the Farrelly brothers, comic situations based on physicality are enhanced by specific camera movements that follow the action and highlight the comedic elements.

Conclusion:

In the world of cinematic comedy, camera movement is a versatile and valuable tool for generating laughs. Whether establishing rhythm, enhancing comic exaggeration, highlighting visual ironies, adding elements of surprise, creating dynamism in group scenes, or facilitating slapstick, camera movement significantly contributes to the humorous success of a film. The mentioned examples demonstrate how talented filmmakers have used this tool to elevate comedy to new visual and narrative heights.