Directing Summer School with Udayan Prasad

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Directing Summer School with Udayan Prasad

Date:
Sat, 29 Jul 2017 to Fri, 18 Aug 2017

Duration: 3 weeks (2 days off during the course)
Times: Approx. 9am-6pm
Capacity: Max. 12 participants
Fee: £4,750  Fee is payable in two installments
Priority for this course will be given to applicants aged 23+ years. More info

Based on an exercise originally devised by FAMU (the Czech National Film School) this 3-week summer workshop with director Udayan Prasad explores the fundamentals of filmmaking from script to screen.

Using an apparently straightforward event as its starting point – a girl drops a handkerchief and a boy picks it up – the workshop exposes, through a systematic and rigorous process of scrutiny, the complexities inherent in this, and indeed any scenario.

It goes on to examine the variations and possibilities which must be considered before the event can be translated first into a script, and then - via all the stages of prep, shoot and post production - onto the screen.

The primary areas covered are:

  • Script writing
  • Visual language
  • Choosing locations
  • Mise en scene
  • Performance/working with actors
  • Shooting
  • Editing and post production

This is a highly practical programme aimed at anyone who is serious about a career in film; from those about to apply to a major film school, to anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the craft before embarking on their own short films. At the end of the course each participant will receive a certificate of attendance, plus a DVD of their scenes which may be used for showreel purposes or as part of an application portfolio.

Udayan Prasad's fifth and most recent feature film was THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF starring Eddie Redmayne, William Hurt, Maria Bello and Kristen Stewart. His US debut, the film received its premier at the Sundance Film Festival, before being released to critical acclaim in the United States in 2010. Watch the trailer >>>

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Still from THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF

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Tutor profile: Udayan Prasad, Director

Udayan Prasad has been directing documentaries, television drama and feature films since graduating from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Among his numerous television credits are three single dramas written by Simon Gray for BBC Television - THEY NEVER SLEPT 1989, RUNNING LATE 1992 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1993), FEMME FATALE 1992.  Two other single dramas, both written by Alan Bennett and also for BBC Television, were - 102 BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN 1991 (Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1991, BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1991), TALKING HEADS 2: PLAYING SANDWICHES 1998 (BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1998). More recently he directed two episodes of THE TUNNEL 2013 for Sky Atlantic and two episodes, including the finale, of THE MUSKETEERS 2016 for BBC TV.

His first theatrical feature was BROTHERS IN TROUBLE, 1995 (Golden Alexander Award for Best First Feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival). This was followed by MY SON THE FANATIC, 1997 (Directors Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, Best Feature at the Potsdam Film Festival), GABRIEL & ME, 2000 (Edinburgh Film Festival) and OPA!, 2005 (Toronto International Film Festival). His latest feature THE YELLOW HANDKERCHIEF (Sundance Film Festival) was released in the United States in 2010.

When not actively involved in production, he is a frequent visiting lecturer on directing and screenwriting programmes at several film schools including The National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK; The London Film School; The Wajda School in Warsaw and the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź́́, Poland. He is also an advisor and mentor on various international directing and screenwriting workshops.