Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond
In this course for teachers and educators who are responsible for project groups related to video and film at their school, we will learn all the necessary skills and tools for making films at a professional level, theoretically and practically.
In the center of our concept of media education, which is based on the perception of film as a work of art that you have "to learn to love" (Aain Bergala), lies observation, sensitivity and the artistic process of creation. Hence the focus of this kind of media education shifts from an analytical and receptive film pedagogy towards a pedagogy of the process of creation.
Furthermore the pedagogical support of the creative process by experts and trained teachers can be understood as a "School of Seeing". Not only does it automatically teaches the first modules of a critical media reception, it also teaches a whole set of key skills: social competence, creativity, discipline, communication, responsibility, feeling of togetherness.
By doing and teaching this it is important to find easy and simple ways to succeed. In the end we have to keep in mind that the time budget at schools in general is very limited for this kind of activities and that filmmaking finally is very time consuming!
The course is a real life example of setting up a film class at your school - or taking it to the next level. Depending on the already existing knowledge of the participants – this will be verified before the course starts – we will have a daily 6+h program. In the morning we will learn and talk about the more theoretical and technical aspects of filmmaking, but we will also experience film teaching and pedagogical concepts. In the afternoon we will practise what we’ve learned so far, tasks and exercices have to be fulfilled, in small teams we will set out to the city to work on location etc
What equipment is needed? Which parts can you get for free or very cheap? (smartphone or camera, audio, light, editing software etc.)
We will check out and talk about the equipment that you already have (smartphone, camera, tripod etc.)
We will gain new insights into the whole process of making films
Short film, silent film, ’experimental film’, photo film, stop animation, documentary
Finding the story: scriptwriting, visualisation, storyboarding, sketching
Setting up the team: helping to let the pupils find the right tasks, the right department for them
Cinematography basics: from smartphones, dslr, mirrorless to cinema cameras; lenses and ND-filters; types of shots; know and understand your settings; handheld camera, tripod and gimbal; adding movement to your shots.
Audio recording and microphones
Video lighting: natural lighting; 3-point lighting, eye light etc.
Editing & post-production: from finding free music and designing professional titles to color correction.
Practical exercises and tasks
Pedagogical concepts: Alain Bergala versus concepts in the UK and elsewhere in Europe
22.06-28.06.2020 Advanced filmmaking*
19.10-25.10.2020 Advanced filmmaking*
21.06-27.06.2021 Advanced filmmaking*
18.10-24.10.2021 Advanced filmmaking*
* Now and then we are having teachers with a total different background in our courses.
Some have no prior experience at all, some already run a film club or are involved in
film projects on a daily basis at their school.
Therefore we thought it would be a good idea just to have a 100% practical course. "Advanced filmmaking" in this sense means:
- You already have some experience, you know the basics (that is enough)
- You want to know more: to feel more confident, to bring your filmmaking skills to the next level
- You are ready to shoot little films every day and one longer short film at the end of the week
If you wanna join as a group (min. 2 participants) and the above mentioned timetable is not working for you, please feel free to suggest a more convenient one so we can set up an additional course!
The course fee is 490€, the number of participants is limited to 2-5.
Course location: Rua da Guiné 22, 1170-173 Lisbon, Portugal
A detailed program is available on demand!