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Artistic freedom means that the amateur film maker is never forced to sacrifice visual drama and beauty to a stream of words…to the relentless activity and explanations of a plot…nor is the amateur production expected to return profit on a huge investment by holding the attention of a massive and motley audience for 90 minutes…Instead of trying to invent a plot that moves, use the movement of wind, or water, children, people, elevators, balls, etc. as a poem might celebrate these. And use your freedom to experiment with visual ideas; your mistakes will not get you fired. ~ Maya Deren

The Open Film school is a philosophy that looks at the filmmaking skill training beyond just an introduction to the workings of a vocation. The Open Film School meditates on the art and the craft of this beautiful medium and encourages the aspiring filmmakers to develop their own worldview. It is an initiation into magical world of cinema that paves the path for you to become its student and practitioner for life.

Documentary filmmaking is a world of learning and seeking. Documentaries are the perfect place for young filmmakers to begin learning their craft. That’s because fiction film is about re-creating a version of reality, tuned to the story’s dramatic necessities. Documentaries, by contrast, require only that students choose the subject matter and capture what is already there.Watching documentaries is a wonderful way to expand your awareness of the world around you. It forces us to view a specific problem from an array of different perspectives.

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Introduction to Filmmaking - Online

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Alumni of New York Film Academy and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute An introduction to filmmaking workshop. Designed for working professionals who want to seriously learn and pursue filmmaking this is a great starting point. Covering the basic elements of filmmaking — from story development/screenwriting and directing the scene — this one day workshop will provide a strong introduction to the craft. Fees ₹ 499 Register Here https://imjo.in/CwENJF The workshop will be conducted over Google meet. Link will be shared on registration. WhatsApp - [masked]

Screenwriting intensive and Storyboarding Certificate - Write a short film

Start date October 1st end date Oct 30th Introductory session on Oct 1st and then every Monday,Wednesday and Friday. 14 sessions of 2 hour duration. Medium of communication - English Timings India 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm IST Netherlands 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm CEST(changes 25th Oct) Germany. 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm CEST(changes 25th Oct) UK 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm BST Fees India ₹12000 Netherlands , Germany € 138 approximately UK £ 124 approximately One month screenwriting workshop , evenings This Workshop covers two major perspectives of Screenwriting: Screenwriting- The Technique Screenwriting- An Art • It all begins with a story • What is a story and why do we tell them? • Why are movie stories special? • The difference between Story and Plot • How movies handle story • The three main approaches to Screenplay Structure: Three Act Structure, Sequence Structure & The Hero’s Journey • Screenplay format and types of scripts • ​The Log Line • Writing a screenplay includes: 1. Workshop Material: 1 Study Script, Script Format, Original Story used to Adapt to Script 2. Certificate of Completion (This will only be issued once all assignments are completed, submitted and approved) 3. Eligibility to attend Advanced Script writing Courses with The Open Film School You will be taken through various aspects of creating a technically sound and creatively rich script. By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the basic principles involved with writing a screenplay and the motivation to start your script. *This course is a pre-requisite to attend other courses with Jay such as "Story Bank & Character Development", "Script Analysis & Script Doctor", "Research & Mind-Mapping" , etc. The program will be conducted by Jay Gholap Alumnus New York Film Academy. Currently working as a script consultant , Documentary and corporate filmmaker. Previous experience includes AD to Ram Gopal Verma. Prior registration mandatory. To know more about Fees Course details, query resolution & registrations, kindly contact: WhatsApp Jay Gholap [masked] Or email [masked] To receive the payment link. On registering we will share the zoom Id and password.

The Total Filmmaking Diploma & Internship - 2 months / weekends

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The Open Film school is a philosophy that believes Filmmaking skill training and knowledge exchange is beyond just an introduction to the workings of a vocation. The Open Film School meditates on the art and craft of this beautiful medium, and encourages the aspiring filmmaker to develop their own worldview. It is an initiation into the magical world of cinema that paves the path for you to become its student and a practitioner for life. The Open Film School brings to you The Total Filmmaking Diploma an intensive program that will jump start you career. Initiate you into the art and set you on the right path to follow your passion. We proudly boast that this is the best short filmmaking course one can attend in India. The Total Filmmaking Diploma is designed to create this experience over 2 months. The world of filmmaking presents a face of glamour and wealth but beyond this face are inspired artists that are passionately pursuing their art and craft , Backed by years of learning and commitment. The Total Filmmaking Diploma will introduce you to this world and help you take your first step. The Total Filmmaking Diploma program is designed by Alumni of NYFA, FTII and SRFTI. Award winning and practicing filmmakers will share insights and experiences that will help you to start working on your first project. The Open Film School has been in Bangalore for the last couple of years. This course has evolved from a small workshop to a diploma. The past batches have given is a couple of award winning films. And a couple of other filmmakers who have joined the industry as assistants or are pursuing their passion full time. The very thought of doing what you love for a living is the best motivator. The Following is the brief outline of the Diploma How to read a film - The visual arts Learning from the masters, Before the films, why film as an art, How film tell stories, Film studies and history Production process - The art of delegation The Hierarchy, film worthy, The vision, The Tribeca reunion Writing for film - The Rosetta stone Inspiration - James Cameron, who are you - Andrew Stanton, Titanic a case study 3 Acts - A Philosopher's idea Why the act structure, For the love of films,break the rules Understanding your characters - Tell me your story Forrest Gump character analysis,The Hero's Journey and the act structure, Save the cat, Building a character for film - Make me care Screenplay Structure - Write write write A novel idea, breaking down creativity, one step at a time Screenplay Format - The Blue Print margin for error, minute by minute, Celtx The Writing process Who What and how, The Hare and the Tortoise, plot points (Act culmination) subordinate plot points Story-boarding - First Visuals Three little pigs, comic strips, beat, incorporating your screenplay Cinematography 1 - The Canvas The camera, Film Vs Video, The science Cinematography 2 - Painting with light Types of lights, Lighting setups, lenses and filters Cinematography 3 - Directors eye Types of shots, Camera movement and meaning, working with a cinematographer Direction - Mise - en- Scene The rules, Talking heads, walking heads Actors and casting for the film Finding Talent, Working with an Actor The best part Editing Techniques and formats - Slaying dragons Making a film, Objectivity, The tools A career in Filmmaking - Start your first film Iceberg Filmmaking, pitching, getting started Short film project - Writing, casting, shooting, editing and screening. Conducted by Jay Gholap, Alumnus New York Film Academy. Currently working as a script consultant. Limited seats - 12 Fees Rs. 32,000, easy installments and discounts. Registration fees - Rs. 2000- https://imjo.in/HVa3s6 Call[masked] for Details

Acting for Film & Television with a showreel - 1 month Evenings/weekends

Acting for Film & Television Participants will be trained on Auditions and get to work in a dubbing studio. Prepare for Journey This is the first time many come face-to-face with the camera lens, delve into text analysis, create an improvised project, dance, breathe as a performer, and learn to work as part of an ensemble. Acting: Ready and Responsible Along with the discovery that students themselves are the most important part of every character they play, this class focuses on building self-awareness through trust and play exercises. Instructors stress honesty in engaging and committing to others. Students discover the difference that thorough text analysis makes to their work and also participate in improvisation and partnering exercises. They explore the basic acting skills and tools, learn the actor’s vocabulary, and begin to assume responsibility for their own creative growth. Camera: Objective in Performance Students learn that authenticity in pursuit of scene objectives is the key to success when acting for the camera. Relaxation and spontaneity of body and voice are as essential to a film set as any technical demands. Students have the opportunity to enhance these abilities through improvisation and filmed exercises that are reviewed in class. They also practice the technical demands of a professional film set, and gain hands-on training with equipment as well as set safety, protocol, and etiquette. The on-camera improvisations also supplement and improve students' text analysis skills. This course culminates with a transition to teleplays exploring classic single-camera shooting and the actor’s relationship to the camera. Performance Studies 1 Great acting involves the successful evaluation of dynamics and finesse in performance. The craft of an actor begins and is sustained through being an engaged audience member. You will learn how to appreciate, dissect, evaluate and discuss the work of actors and film-makers at the top of their field. You will participate in group viewings and discussion of a selection of specially curated film and television classics, oddities and art, and prepare for each session by researching elements of each film and/or acting performance; readying yourself for the passionate discussion following each viewing. Speech: The Basics Students engage with the basics of speech and phonation; the mechanical movements required for sound creation. They explore, anatomy, vowels, consonants, operative words, and learn the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols. Along with practicing articulation, energy, and support for sound, they also learn the muscularity of the spoken word and the power of language. Voice: Breath, Body, Voice To be able to be expressive and present as an actor, students need to be in a healthy and exciting relationship with themselves, especially their voice. This course is the first step in students' journeys towards developing the courage and trust necessary to risk exploring a new relationship with their instruments, to support self-discovery in moving beyond existing physical and vocal habits, patterns, preconceived beliefs, and fears that may prevent them from reaching acting goals in this industry. Improvisation: Character and Spontaneity Those who can improvise well are the most valued actors on any set. The improvising actor makes discoveries whereby non-improvising actor may struggle. Through a series of exercises, conducted in pairs and groups, students explore the building blocks of character, as well as complementary actions and reactions. They learn how to use physical punctuation to create an interesting performance. The Lab: Studio Dubbing 60s Introduction video 30s Acting showreel close-up 60s Acting showreel mid-shot 60s Limited seats 12 6 male and 6 female participants Residential program available Fees Rs. 20500 Registration fee Rs. 2000 (included) https://imjo.in/A7vJXD Call[masked] for a quick conversation.

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Film release - it’s about choices

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