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Directing film Bfi Film academy masterclass / with Louis holder
Introduction to programme • WELCOME YEAR 9 STUDENTS! • THE DIRECTING MASTERCLASS BEING RUN IS ONE OF THREE MASTERCLASSES TO BE RUN BY THREE OF THE BFI FILM ACADEMY’S RECENT GRADUATES, WHO ALL IT HAPPENS GO TO TWYFORD! • THIS IS THE LAST MASTERCLASS OF THE WEEK, THE PREVIOUS SESSIONS WERE SCREENWRITING ON MONDAY RUN BY SCREENWRITER JOSH GILL (FROM YEAR 12), AND CINEMATOGRAPHY ON TUESDAY RUN BY AMARA ENO (FROM YEAR 12 TOO!). • THE REASON WE’RE RUNNING THESE WORKSHOPS IS THAT FOR THE SECOND UNIT OF OUR QUALIFICATION IN FILM, WE ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE UP AN ARTS LEADERSHIP ROLE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL OR EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT, SO WE AGREED ON CREATING THESE WORKSHOPS AND ALSO A SCREENING / Q&A DISCUSSION WHICH IS BEING HELD TOMORROW LUNCHTIME IN B25. MAKE SURE YOU’RE THERE!
Let me tell you a bit about myself… • I am a self-shooting Director, Broadcaster and Journalist from West London. • I have been making films for over 6 years and for the past 3 years I have been working commercially and freelancing as a filmmaker and have worked with clients such as Channel 5, The British Film Institute (BFI) and Eastside Educational Trust. • I have a passion for all things media, whether it be in Film or Television or Radio and magazines. I shoot, edit and publish my own work and have collaborated with like-minded friends on shoots such as feature films which I have done. I started out as a photographer and since then have gone into moving image.
Do you know any directors? George Clooney James Cameron Quentin Tarantino Tim Burton Steven Spielberg Martin Scorsese Steve McQueen Alfred Hitchcock
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A FILM DIRECTOR? • The Director is the driving creative force of the film, everyone is working for the director and his/her creative vision on a film. • It is up to the director to work with the various departments on a film in order to come together to achieve a common creative goal – which is the film itself! • They are responsible for creatively translating the film’s written script (whether its written by them or a screenwriter). • A Director’s main duties include; • Casting, Script Editing, Shot Composition, Shot Selection and Editing. • In some cases, Directors can choose to assume multiple roles such as Director/Producer or Director/Writer. • Directors are ultimately responsible for a film's artistic and commercial success or failure.
the stages of film • A film is usually made in three stages; Which stages is a Director involved in? Can you think of some of the things in which a Director does during each of these phases?
SKILLS • Directors must have exceptional artistic vision and creative skills to develop an engaging and original film. • They must inspire and motivate the team to produce the film they have envisioned. • A capacity for long hours of intensive work, attention to detail, and the ability to remain calm and think clearly under great pressure, are key skills for this role. What the director should know… (+ how to do!) Some directors may get involved with this… particularly for shorts! Writing the Script Selecting the right cast, crew + locations for film Producers / Legal documents Camera, Sound, Lighting, Design Editing Working with financers Special Effects Department Distribution, Exhibition… Direct rehearsals
Watch this video of Filmmaker Tim Marrinan’s 5 top tips video • Reflect on these questions… • What were the 5 tips (re-cap) • Would you put you in that order of importance? (first one said most important, fifth one said least important?) • Do you disagree with any of these tips, why? If you’re a director, having learnt the rules and concepts of film. You can start to break them!
Camera & Lighting Any idea where you see yourself? Camera Electrical Lighting Grip Post-Production (Editorial, Visual Effects, Sound/Music) Have you investigated into the sub-branches of these departments? Sound Art Department Special Effects Property Construction Art Costume Sets Hair & Make-Up Other Departments In Film
or television… A FUTURE IN FILM Work Experience in the Summer? • Get talking to some production houses and establish connections with them. (Look online, phone them up, visit them in person!...) • You will most likely work as a runner as your work experience, that involves doing errands for the various crew on site such as the Director! Do you want a career/future in Film? GCSE / A Level / BTEC Pathways? • Would you consider GCSE Media Studies in Year 10? • Some Year 9s will already be taking GCSE Photography and will continue this into Year 10. • At A Level at Twyford you can do Media Studies or Photography, which will further your knowledge in those areas. • Alternatively, if you decide Twyford isn’t for you. College is recommended if you want to take up a vocational course (BTEC) or alternative A-Levels • The college option tends to be better if you are looking to use dedicated facilities, and undertake more practical work and work more independently. Level 1 – NC Level Level 2 – GCSE / BTEC Level 3 – A Level / BTEC National/Extended Diploma National Framework ? Be optimistic! But realistic at the same time! What Next ?
Twyford news team Twyford has lots of opportunities for students of all year groups to get involved in the media, one way or another. GETTING INTO THE MEDIA WORLD NOW! Twyford’s aptly named “News Team” has been delivering high quality multimedia content through its own independent production franchise to Twyford C of E High School for over half a decade. Its members have expertise in Photography, Videography, Live Event Coordination, Journalism and Broadcasting and continue to serve the school as well as being open for public viewing via various social media forms. Eligible to join from Year 9 The Twyford Technical Team have been masters of providing exceptional lighting and sound to assemblies, drama productions and specialist annual events such as The Popular Music Competition and the school’s annual production. Their base facility, The Performance Centre is a high-tech hub for creativity and showcasing it in a unique, defined space with “techies” who are passionate about only delivering the very best. Twyford technical team Eligible to join from Year 7 (junior positions), Year 9/Year 10 (senior positions)
From script to screen, breaking down the film from a directorial perspective Central Character Introducing recognisable elements of a James Bond film Subsequent steps in plot narrative Systematic structure, note the tree branches into 3 branches.
Definitely Recommended http://www.bpfshorts.co.uk/ Local film festival, short films shown and prizes to be won! For Twyfordians this is a Must! Credible jury too! How to get involvedOPPORTUNITIES, USEFUL LINKS AND ADVICE Competitions/Film Festivals http://iamcreative.org.uk/ For work experience in the creative communications industries for students aged 13-19 years old. http://www.eastside.org.uk/programme_categories/bfi_film_academy Apply in September/October for the BFI Film Academy scheme I went on, Best experience you’ll ever get. For 16s and over! (or if you’re 16 by first session! http://www.creativeskillset.org/film/ Full of all the resources you need, created and posted by industry professionals for all of you to discover. http://www.productionwizard.com/ Free online resource – a place to advertise vacancies as well as promote freelancers’ CVs internationally. Network with professionals in film industry! Work Exp Resources http://www.myfirstjobinfilm.co.uk/index.html Lots of different job vacanies within Film and Television here for anybody. Great work experience opportunities! http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/collegeofproduction/ In-house knowledge and learning through hints, tips, advice and practical ‘how-to’ clips, podcasts etc http://www.mediacollege.com/ Tips, guides and how-tos as well as in depth written descriptions on filming techniques, loads of free resources on all areas.