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Summer Course

Summer Course

We have a special course on acting and filmmaking for this summer, and you can now sign up. Classes are held during July, either for a fortnight or for the entire month, from Monday to Thursday. 

Filmmaking Course

Throughout the course, we will offer our students various experiences to develop their talent both inside and outside the classroom, encompassing different aspects of the audiovisual world. In-class Project during the summer course, students will work on a final project. These projects will serve as opportunities for students to apply what they have learned and practiced during the classes. Each year, we propose the following projects:

  • Short film or pilot episode of a series.
  • Pilot episode of a television program.
  • Scene from different film genres.

Out-of-class Projects:

  • Script development: Each student will develop their own script for a short film or a pilot episode of a television series, applying the script writing techniques taught in class.
  • Weekly scenes or sketches: Each student will create a homemade video as practical exercises accompanying the material covered in class.

Equipment: We ensure our students the experience of using professional cameras and filming materials. Our students have access to and can firsthand use top-of-the-line equipment used on professional sets. The projects from recent courses of the students were filmed with the RED EPIC MX 5K camera, BMPCC 6K camera, and compact ZEISS CP2 professional cinema lens, among other materials.

Acting Course

In-Class Project: Throughout the course, students will have a final course project. These projects will serve for students to apply what they have learned and practiced during the classes. For this purpose, we annually propose the following projects:

  • Photoshoot (Headshots)
  • Introduction Video
  • Dramatic Scene
  • Comedy Scene

 

Projects Outside of Class:

  • CV Development
  • Weekly Scenes, for creation, rehearsal, and recording.
  • Recreation of Iconic Cinematic and Television Scenes.

Equipment: We ensure our students experience being part of a professional ensemble, working alongside their classmates from other courses and with professionals in various fields of the industry. By the end of the course, each student will have a shared showreel, which includes an introduction video and a collection of their work during the course. The main scenes from students in the last course were filmed using the BMPCC 6K camera and the ZEISS cp2 compact professional cinema lens, among other materials.

Distributions:

For both courses, the best quality materials will be used to achieve the optimal result. The students’ projects will be distributed to festivals and events, ensuring that their work receives the recognition it deserves.

The Director of Photography in Film

The Director of Photography in Film: Beyond Conventional Photography

In the fascinating world of cinema, the Director of Photography (DP) plays a crucial role in creating the visual imagery of a film. Although conventional photography is a respectable art form in its own right, being a good photographer is not always enough to tackle the unique challenges and demands of filmmaking. In this article, we will explore the figure of the Director of Photography, their responsibilities, and why the transition from still photography to film requires additional skills.

Who is de Director of Photography?

The Director of Photography, also known as the Cinematography Director or Film Cinematographer, is the professional responsible for overseeing and directing cinematography in a film. Their role goes beyond simply taking good photographs; it is about storytelling through light, framing, colour, and visual composition in motion.

Key Responsabilities

1. Visual Aesthetics: 

The DP contributes to the visual aesthetics of the film, working closely with the director to translate the creative vision into memorable cinematic images.

2. Lighting and Ambience:

They control lighting to create the appropriate atmosphere for each scene. How a scene is lit can significantly affect the narrative and emotion.

3. Equipement Selection:

They decide which cameras, lenses, and other equipment will be used to achieve the desired visual style. This includes making decisions about depth of field, frame rate, and other technical aspects.

 

4. Coordination With Other Departments:

   They collaborate with the director, production designer, and other team members to ensure visual consistency throughout the film.

5. Camera Direction:

   They direct the camera team during filming, ensuring that each shot meets established quality standards.

Why Being a Good Photographer is not Enough?

  1. Narrative in Motion:

   While photography captures a static moment, filmmaking involves telling a story in motion. The DP must understand how the sequence of images contributes to the overall narrative of the film.

  1. Creative Collaboration:

   Working in film involves closely collaborating with a diverse creative team. The DP must effectively communicate with the director, production designers, and others to ensure a coherent vision.

  1. Handling Specific Equipment:

   Cinematography involves using specialised equipment for film, such as cranes, dollies, and stabilisation systems. Knowing how to operate and coordinate these equipment is essential.

  1. Time and Pressure Management:

   Filmmaking production often has tight schedules and strict deadlines. The DP must be able to work under pressure and maximise the available time to achieve the best results.

  1. Adaptability to Changes

   Unlike a planned photo shoot, filmmaking can present unexpected changes in light, weather, or logistics. The DP must be able to adapt quickly and maintain visual quality.

Conclusion:

Being a good photographer is undoubtedly a valuable talent, but the Director of Photography takes that skill to a whole new level in filmmaking. By addressing narrative in motion, creatively collaborating, and handling specialised equipment and unique challenges of filmmaking production, the DP plays an essential role in creating the visual experience in the seventh art. The transition from photography to cinematography involves more than just capturing images; it involves telling stories with light and motion.