What we’re about
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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- The total filmmaking conservatory Certificate ProgramNeeds location
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high-pressure creative environment.
- An in-depth knowledge of digital video cameras and motion picture production.
- A working knowledge of 16mm cameras and film production.
- The ability to write and pre-visualize a screenplay.
- In-depth experience working as a director, producer, assistant director, director of photography, assistant cameraperson, gaffer, grip and sound mixer on student productions.
- Knowledge of digital editing software.
- Knowledge of film history and film studies.
- Knowledge of aesthetic film theory and experience with practical application of the same.
- Put into practice the fundamentals of directing and visual storytelling.
- Explore the foundations of High Definition video production and digital editing.
- Experience full immersion in the craft of screenwriting
- Serve as an actor, as well as a director, cinematographer, or assistant director on at least one production workshop overseen by instructors.
- Acquire an introductory knowledge of the history of motion pictures.
- Write direct and edit short project digital dialogue film.
- Crew as cinematographer, gaffer, and/or assistant camera on approximately 2 additional projects.
- Write a complete short film screenplay with dialogue.
- Collaborate with classmates and instructors in Production Workshop exercises filmed on HD.
- Develop a professional comprehension of directing, screenwriting, producing, sync-sound production, digital and film cinematography, and digital editing study and exercises.
- Continued use of collaborative strategies and techniques, while on-set, and in constructive classroom screen and critique sessions.
- Explore the role of the producer and implement advanced production tasks.
- Demonstrate a competency of pre- production, shooting, and editing a short narrative film.
- Apply the fundamentals of sound design.
- Explore the fundamental elements of visual effects and feature film story development.
- Create professional quality producing and directing production books.
- Direct and edit a film of up to 15 minutes.
- Participate as a principal crew-member on fellow students’ films.
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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
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 Format - The Blue Print margin for error, minute by minute, Celtx
Writing for the films - 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
Screenplay Structure - Write write write A novel idea, breaking down creativity, one step at a time
The Writing process Who What and how, The Hare and the Tortoise, plot points (Act culmination) subordinate plot points
Direction - Mise - en- Scene
The rules, Talking heads, walking heads
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 3 - Director's eye Types of shots, Camera movement and meaning, working with a cinematographer
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
Short film project Writing, casting, shooting, editing and screening.
A career in Filmmaking - Start your first film. Iceberg Filmmaking, pitching, getting started
Note: This is a paid event and spaces are limited. Early registration is recommended to secure your spot.