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VIDEOGRAPHY / INTRO TO FILMMAKING

LEARN HOW TO WRITE, SHOOT & EDIT YOUR OWN SHORT FILM
With Mr. Noir Barakat & Mr. Georges Saker

In order to understand film as an art form, students have to consider the jobs of the numerous individuals who work together to make the film a reality. The film industry can be truly mysterious in some ways and many people may not even be clear about their job titles and the responsibilities those jobs demand. There is also a hierarchy of authority on a film set and a certain level of professionalism is expected in each department.
The goal of this course is to make students understand film as an art form and consider especially the job of the film director with the numerous individuals who work together to make the film a reality.
To that degree, the course will include the job description and breakdown of the director’s multiple responsibilities and duties in order to succeed in any film project. The students will learn that a film director is someone who is in charge of making sure that every component of a movie runs smoothly and that the director generally works on a film from its conception stage to its delivery stage. He has a say in how the scenes unfold, what props are going to be used, how the characters should look, and who should play specific parts. The director also works with individuals in charge of lighting, scenery, writing, and so on, to make sure that all of the elements come together.
In one word, the students will learn that the director is in charge of the three main phases, which are pre-production, production, and post-production. Mainly, the director does not actually do the work for post-production but is in charge of overseeing it.
In order to do all this, the course will be divided into two parts:

Part 1
Students will learn how the director needs a strong creative vision and the ability to communicate his ideas to a variety of people throughout the production process:
• read scripts
• work with writers and provide feedback on the further development of scripts
• select actors, sometimes working with casting directors and producers during this selection process
• rehearsals
• direct actors during the filming
• select locations for filming
• hold meetings with key departments such as the camera, art department and costume during the planning stages and throughout the filming
• agree/decide on the budget and schedule of the film with the producer
• be responsible for staying on budget and schedule
• supervise all creative aspects of the production
• work with the editor to present the final version of the film
• select music for the final film and/or work with a composer to decide on the musical score
• build and develop a network of contacts including writers, producers, film festivals and public funding bodies
• maintain contemporary technical skills
• have an awareness and knowledge of emerging industry trends
In each session students, will do an exercise and they will alternate roles.

Part 2
Filming in the Classroom
By the end of the semester, students will be divided into two groups using production team roles in order to make the act of creating a film more authentic.
Assigning the roles at the beginning of the project and depending on how long the film is going to be, we will plan the project time and dedicate the last week or two for editing and post-production.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of using digital cameras

Cost:

A-Videography: 275 USD / Duration helps you to edit and shoot short videos
B-Video Editing: 180 USD/ Duration: 3 weeks - 9 academic periods
C-Intro to Filmmaking: 325 USD / Helps you to write and shoot your own short movie

A+B+C= 650 USD instead 780

Places are limited, Early booking is highly recommended
Call FAPA – Fine Art Photography Academy: 71-011977
Zalka, Starbucks bldg.