film making course for children

Culture Monks presents a course in Film Making for age groups 8 yrs – 15 yrs by Space Time Trains

Details

Dates : Aug 18 , 19 , 25, 26 , Sep 1, 2 , 2018

Timing : 11 am – 2 pm

Venue : : Culture Monks.

164/C/17 B, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata – 700045, West Bengal , India

Fees : Rs 6000 only

To register, please call 8697919308 or email sudipta@culturemonks.in

– Open to children from ages 8 – 15 yrs

Key Points

At the end of the workshop each participant would have completed a Photo Series, a single shot video, and a cinematic sequence or a ‘short film’. Collectively each group will also make one stop-motion animation sequence. They will have a familiarity with film technology and history. They will receive specially designed study material to refer to in future. Finally, they will receive a certificate of the course completion.

Workshop will be held indoors and outdoors

We will provide the camera and other equipments

1. Objective

Especially for children, with photo and video becoming their first playthings, We, Space Time Trains, feel the need to engage them with this medium as a new language or tool of imagination at an age when they pick up a new language the best. With digital technology bringing in a variety of communication mode on one’s fingertip through mobile phone and Internet, with imaging technology is at everyone’s pocket, possibly replacing a notepad and a pen, motion picture is becoming the global system of communication.

Through workshops that combine theoretical understanding, practical exercises, exploration of the medium’s history and future possibilities; Space Time Trains has taken a motto to enable children to engage with the medium consciously, thoughtfully and make full use of its potential – from professional cameras to mobile phones, from studio workstations to household PC.

2. Topics

We design practical exercises that reflect the evolution of cinema and its expanding possibility. Beginning with observing the formation of real images through lenses, pinhole cameras, and camera-obscura to understand the basic technology behind cameras – followed by exercises to understand light and exposure, then studying the power of image composition in communicating the photographer’s observations more precisely. From stills we move to illusion of motion; using early cinema toys and simple animation techniques we see how a series of still images create movement. Then we prepare them to take a single shot in video, understanding the basic unit of Narrative Cinema. From their surroundings they learn to pick up the story they want to tell. Or construct actions from imagination and bring them to life through direction and shot taking. Next, they learn to take a series of shots to expand the possibility of the single shot narrative, and make a short film.

Participants will have hands on experience in still photography, basic stop-motion animation, video shooting, narrative construction, and making video sequences to make their own short films. Their skill learning and the capacity building will be rooted in understanding the intrinsic nature of Cinema and enthuse an active participation and appreciation of cinematic art.

3. Medium

Six 3-hour sessions designed like an interactive AV play-school with lec-dems & hands on practical with various optical toys and cameras (DSLRs, Cam-corder & mobile phones). From basic photography and exposure, to cinematography and movement, early cinema techniques, to making a cinematic sequence in video, everything will be performed on an individual level as well as a team. The language of communication in the sessions will be English/Bangla/Hindi. Although our study material is available in English.

4. Outcome

At the end of the workshop each participant would have completed a Photo Series, a single shot video, and a cinematic sequence or a ‘short film’. Collectively each group will also make one stop-motion animation sequence. They will have a familiarity with film technology and history. They will receive specially designed study material to refer to in future. Finally, they will receive a certificate of the course completion.

About the Workshop Leaders

We have already conducted many such workshops for children with various organisations in Delhi like Kunzum Cafe, Nine School of Arts etc. In 2016 they conducted one such workshop with BYOFF, the famous Indy film festival on the sea-beach of Puri.

Envisioned by Sanyukta Sharma & Anirban Datta, practicing filmmakers and graduates of FTII Pune & SRFTI Kolkata respectively. Both of their films have achieved numerous national and international awards and accolades and both have inclination towards Film Academics and Cinema Studies. Anirban also taught in the Direction Dept. at Film & Television Institute of India, Pune and KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts, Kerala.

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