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This intensive 5 day acting workshop will expound on topics such as acting for beginners, improvisation, respect for acting, prepping the actor, physical, mental and vocal exercises, speech and diction as well as the actor’s thesaurus. The course will apply the techniques of some great acting instructors and theories like Constantine Stanivslasky, Viola Spolin, Robert Beneditti and Meisner Stanford to mention a few. It will be a rewarding and engaging time for the candidates. It will teach them to master their craft, empower and make them better actors.


The screenwriting course is spread over 5 days, all candidates will be expected to attend one film screening everyday, chosen by the instructor, during the festival as part of the requirement for completing the course. The workshop course will explore the art of screenwriting and the business aspect of being a scriptwriter. it will entail coming up with a gem of an idea, writing a logline and synopsis, writing a treatment, writing a scene-by-scene breakdown, film reviews and assignments. it will also explore the 3-act structuring of a script. commencement of writing a screenplay, the art of writing a screenplay, concluding a first draft, critiquing a first draft, script editing, feedback, second draft to final draft, copyrighting, the art of pitching to producers/directors, commissioned scripts versus spec scripts, the art of negotiating, the expectations of a screenwriter vis-a-vis a film production, the relationship between a screenwriter and producer/director etc.


Over 5 days this course will teach candidates the basics of cinematography, study the history of cinema and the film camera as well as the goal of the cinematographer. It will analyse the cinematography of the film ‘In The Mood For Love’, understanding Mimesis in relation to Mise-en-scène, Lighting for film and the three point lighting system. Candidates will learn the cinematography for short films, analyse the short film ‘Bullocks’, ‘Shake it Off’ and do practicals in dissecting digital cameras. This workshop will teach candidates film set etiquette – the importance of professionalism, – Camera gear – Jibs, Filters, Grip, dollies, Handheld gear, etc Shooting a scene as well as articulating the directors vision. It will dissect the cinematography of Momento and end with outdoor practicals.


The directing course is proposed to teach topics like Introduction to Filmmaking, the script, the Crew, the actors, the Director, Reality of shooting, film-locations, cast, budget, scheduling etc Candidates will explore the Film making Process, Discuss ideas, understand the tools of scriptwriting, Celtx intro, Schedule, call sheet intro, view the INCIDENT, reading and Interpreting a Script etc Candidates will learn about the visual narrative, A scene-what is it? Drama is action. They will get to watch scenes well directed and not so well directed, Table readings of student’s scripts and Final scripts will be selected for practical shooting.

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