Film Making 101 - 5 days
Knowledge Tower | Floor 8 Class 1
Suitable for 16+ years.
In this 5-day workshop, participants will learn how to generate the idea for a film and draft its logline, how to write character descriptions and a short synopsis, plan for production, view and discuss footage; and plan for the editing films
Participants will finish the workshop equipped to begin envisioning and executing short film projects
Theme: Generating Ideas Goal
Participants will generate the idea for a film and learn how to draft a logline.
Participants will also be divided into teams for the sake of future exercises.
- Where do we find ideas for stories?
- Identifying target audiences
- Writing a logline; tailoring the logline for different audiences and situations
- The importance of character descriptions Exercise: Write three loglines.
Theme: Story Structure Goal: Participants will learn ways to analyze a film’s structure and will begin to write a short script (1-2 pages) as a team.
- Character backstories and traits: physical, social, and psychological
- Identifying the key obstacle facing the main character
- Act structure: Why we need it - How do I introduce conflict into the story? Raising the stakes
- Writing scenes that advance the film’s plot
- Translating story to script: Screenwriting formatting.
Theme: Audiovisual Techniques & Practical Tutorials Goal: Participants will consider art aesthetic principles and learn basic techniques for achieving them from both a camera and sound production perspective. Teams will review and finalize a basic plan for their 1-2 page script.
- Aesthetic practice in painting, photography, and cinema
- Composition: balance, rule of thirds, depth-of-field
- Shot angles: close-up, medium, wide, and everything in between
- 180 degree rule, 30 degree rule, “writing and shooting for the edit”
- Camera practice
- Sound design and practice.
Theme: Production Day Goal. Participants will shoot a 1-2 page script.
- Watching a short film and discussing its narrative and aesthetic choices.
- Production time (2-3 hours)
- Collecting, organizing, and reviewing footage.
Theme: Post-Production Goal. Participants will view and discuss footage, and start editing their films, ending the day with a screening of rough cuts of the produced 1-2 page short films.
- Editing techniques and best practices
- Where and how to distribute your film?
- Narrative causality, visual cues, and “show, don’t tell”
- Entering a scene at the latest possible moment, leaving at the earliest
- The stages of post-production and professional timelines for releasing a film.
Workshop Level: Beginner
Workshop Prerequisites: Participants are kindly requested to bring their own DSLR camera (not mobile camera) to the workshop.
Trainer: Bentley Brown
Bentley Brown holds a PhD in emergent technology and media arts practice, M.A. in Communication and a B.A. in international studies. Brown speaks three languages fluently, which are Arabic, English and French. The trainer was a Film Making lecturer at Effat University. Brown participated in several film festivals, and is multi-time awards winner locally and internationally, wrote and directed various films, and is an author of multiple films.