Visual Storytelling: An Introduction for Directors, Writers & Producers
Duration: 2 days
Capacity: Approx. 20-25 participants
Fee: £250 10% Early Bird discount available until 15th March
How do you tell a story visually? What makes a film a film, and not TV? We could say a "real" movie is one that's mostly comprehensible with the sound turned off. But where do we start? In this 2-day workshop, director Josh Appignanesi takes participants shot by shot into the heart of cinema by introducing the following issues:
- What choices make a shot tell the story your way? How do you use composition, framing, blocking of actors and their position to camera? Background, palette, costume, lenses, light, camera movement?
- How do you juxtapose this shot with your other shots through editing, to create suspense and involvement?
- How do you create a system of images that, by repetition and inversion, build tellingly into a moving and memorable visual story?
- Audiences are already saturated in the visual grammar of other films - collectively known as "genres." How do you refer to and exploit the assumptions every audience brings to a film in advance?
- What is it that makes a given filmmaker distinctive?
- How do you apply these ideas practically in your prep and on your set, getting your ideal shots as well as your coverage?
With inspiring film examples, practical storyboarding exercises, and analysis of participants' own films, this workshop will give you the tools you need.
Though introductory in nature, the workshop would also benefit those with some prior filmmaking experience. Part of the workshop will be dedicated to analysing participants’ own work. Participants are therefore encouraged to bring along an example of their own work - preferably a short film in DVD format with a maximum running time of 10 minutes. Josh will address as many projects as he can within the allotted time.
(Please note: It is by no means compulsory to bring a film for Josh to analyse. It's merely an option for those who'd like to get some feedback.)
"I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and found Josh to be a true inspiration. His passion for film and filmmaking and his knowledge of what it takes to tell a story visually further enriched the practical, fundamental elements of the workshop. This was made all the more enjoyable through his openness and supportive handling of the class. Not knowing quite what we'd cover over the weekend, he delivered much more than I had expected and I left on Sunday evening feeling inspired, invigorated and perhaps more importantly, armed with a wealth of knowledge on what it takes to tell a story on film. Just brilliant. If this is anything to go by, I will booking several more workshops in the future, starting with the Kate Leys workshop in September." - Mark, participant, July 2014