Visual Storytelling: An Introduction for Directors, Writers & Producers

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Visual Storytelling: An Introduction for Directors, Writers & Producers

Date:
Sat, 8 Oct 2016 to Sun, 9 Oct 2016

Times: 10.30am-5.30pm
Duration: 2 days
Capacity: Approx. 20-25 participants
Fee: £250  10% Early Bird discount available until 1 August.

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.

Taxi Driver exercise

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

Tutor profile: Josh Appignanesi, Writer, Director

Josh recently co-wrote the upcoming rom-com ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME starring Sarah Jessica Parker with Raoul Bova, Paz Vega and Claudia Cardinale.

Josh previously directed indie comedy feature THE INFIDEL, scripted by David Baddiel and starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas, Archie Panjabi, Miranda Hart, distributed globally to acclaim and festival awards.

SONG OF SONGS, Josh’s debut feature as writer-director with co-writer Jay Basu, was an austere psychological dissection of religious desire starring Natalie Press. It garnered acclaim including awards at Edinburgh and London and a BIFA nomination.

Josh has also directed talent such as John Malkovich, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Sarah Kestelman and Michelle Dockery, and collaborated with artist Martin Creed among others, working across TV documentary, shorts, and features.

He is currently completing THE CREATIVE LIFE, a feature-length creative documentary about parenthood. He is also developing new features and TV with Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie at Left Bank/Sony, Wall To Wall, Konigsberg Company, and Camille Gatin, with writers including Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and Naomi Alderman.

He has taught and mentored at the London Film School, Arista, Script Factory, Film London’s Microwave, Guardian Masterclasses, and the Met Film School among others.

Acclaim for THE INFIDEL:
Appignanesi jumps, in one beautifully executed move, to join the front rank of new British directors. His timing is perfect, his feel for the rhythm of moral action is bracing.
****Andrew O’Hagan, THE EVENING STANDARD

Startlingly, for this second project, [Appignanesi] shifts gear for something more confrontational and taboo-busting... a broad comedy that gleefully and repeatedly stamps on the tender toes of liberal correctness.
**** Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

Acclaim for SONG OF SONGS:
"A cinematic milestone… a challenging, unashamedly intellectual rigour to it. Song of Songs confirms [Natalie Press] as a star. In both style and content, the film reveals a distinctive and bold new voice in British cinema."
Jason Solomons, THE OBSERVER

"Terrific performance from Press... something uncomfortably compelling about this tale of murky deviant flipside of religious ecstasy. A daringly original debut."
Wendy Ide, THE TIMES

"A powerful and confident work and shows that Appignanesi is seriously committed to cultivating a real cinematic language."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

UK Agent: Matthew Bates at Sayle Screen
US Agent: Abram Nalibotsky at Verve