Film Arts offers classes that focus on the many aspects and genres of media making and provide ongoing training for filmmakers at all levels of experience. The following is a list of classes that are open for enrollment. Call (415) 552-8760 x312 to sign up for registration.
Documentary Tune-Up: Examining Ideas and Proposals
Co-presented with International Documentary Association (IDA)
Friday, Jan. 20, 10 am-5 pm
Can't find funding? No one wants to invest? Get a doc proposal tune-up. This workshop can help you decide whether that dream doc is worth pursuing. Pitches or projects at any stage of development are welcome; submit proposal for review upon registration.
Mitchell Block has handled the distribution and marketing of hundreds of films, which have won 23 Oscars and received 52 Academy Award nominations. Since 1998, he has consulted on documentary projects for HBO/Cinemax, and he executive-produced HBOs 2001 Oscar-winning film Big Mama.
Limited to 20. $95/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members; $145/others.
Financing and Producing Documentary Films and Videos
Co-presented with International Documentary Association (IDA)
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 21 & 22, 10 am-5 pm
Learn to design a successful documentary by exploring the ins and outs of fundraising, distribution, and marketing opportunities, packaging your work to attract support, selecting festivals, and more. Share your clips and written material and have them evaluated as part of the class.
See Documentary Tune-Up for Mitchell Block's bio.
Limited to 20. $225/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members; $250/others.
History of Documentary
Tuesdays, Jan. 24-Mar. 21, 7-10 pm (no class 02/21)
Explore the history of documentary filmmaking. Examine its origins, forms, goals, and contemporary styles. Issues covered include: documentary voices and styles, history and memory, the filmmaker's relationship to subject and viewer, and the impact of technology on documentary techniques. Directors
discussed include Leni Reifenstahl, Marcel Ophuls, Peter Davis, Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, and Ken Burns.
David L. Brown is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, who has produced, written, and directed more than seventy productions and nine broadcast documentaries. His recent works include: The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story, Seniors for Peace, Surfing for Life, Bound by the Wind, and Digital Divide.
Limited to 20. $240/Filmmaker-level members and IDA members; $265/others.
Shake It Up: Handmade Filmmaking
Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 am-5 pm
Discover the fine art of alternative filmmaking through direct manipulation and hand-processing and toning. Demonstrations, hands-on exploration, and screenings of avant-garde films inspire you to transform mistakes and technical limitations into aesthetic virtues. The emphasis is low-to-no-tech
experimentation and exploring process as content. An excellent primer for those who are new to making film as a means of personal expression, or those looking to revitalize their films with some funk and texture.
Ken Paul Rosenthal's films employ alternative photochemical and bacterial processes, re-photography and multiple projection setups. His films have screened widely, including at MOMA, Blinding Light Cinema in Vancouver, Museu do Chiado National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon, and the
Chinese Taipei Film Archive.
Limited to 12. $70/Filmmaker-level members; $95/others
Introduction to Optical Printing
Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 am-5 pm
Learn the art of "low-end"? special effects in this hands-on introduction to the JK optical printer. Learn to manipulate transparent film images using Super-8, 16mm, and film slides. Watch examples of work and discover how avant-garde and B-movie filmmakers create sophisticated special effects. Leave with a good understanding of the technical aspects of the printer, exposure correction, blowups from Super-8 to 16mm, 16mm film reproduction, and more.
Angel Vasquez's films incorporate the use of multi-image replication and duplication produced using optically printed found footage and material originating on Super-8, 16mm, 35mm, and slides. His films have been broadcast and screened nationally.
Limited to 7. $70/FilmmakerÂ -level members; $95/others
Tues. & Wed., Jan. 17 & 18, 7-10 pm
Sound- it can make or break your film or video. Learn about boom technique, strategizing for weather, choosing and trouble-shooting locations for sound, and post solutions for problematic recordings. Get to know the range of microphones and recording devices available, and when and why to use them.
Patrick Bowsher scores, designs and mixes sound and music for film, TV, radio, and the Web. His mix and music credits include Jon Moritsugu's award winning feature Scumrock, PBS's Moneytrack, Michael Jackson's VH1 Special, Discovery Channel, and Oprah Winfrey Show.
Limited to 10. $65/Filmmaker-level members; $90/others.
Art of the Visual Story
Tues., Wed., & Thurs., Jan. 17, 18 & 19, 7-10 pm
Watch films of many styles and deconstruct their storytelling strategies with an eye for cinematography. Break scenes into their component shots and analyze coverage. Examine camera strategy, choices of angles, and camera-moves. Consider how the "look",? lighting, and art direction
support the content. Examine editing strategies and how they relate to direction and cinematography.
Working as a director of photography since 1995, Frazer Bradshaw has photographed a broad range of projects in 16mm, 35mm, and various digital formats. Bradshaw's work as a cinematographer has played at Cannes, the New York, Sundance, and Toronto film festivals.
Limited to 15. $85/Filmmaker-level members; $120/others.
Weekend Screenwriting Intensive
Co-presented with Community of Writers at Squaw Valley
Fri., Feb. 3, 7-9 pm
Screenwriter Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart) kicks of the weekend with a lively lecture about the screenwriter's journey.
Screenwriter as Storyteller
Sat. & Sun., Feb 4 & 5, 9:30 am-6:30 pm
Stories are how we make meaning in our lives. Learn four interlocking dramatic models and how to interweave plot, character, point of view and theme into innovative, engrossing screenplays. Through lecture, film clips and creativity exercises, discover how to create a through-line and how to modulate the balance between the inner world of your characters, the primary relationships and the outer plot action to build dramatic momentum and reveal theme. Films discussed included Amelie, Nowhere in Africa, As Good As It Gets, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Lost in Translation and City of God.
Tom Schlesinger is a story consultant, writer and producer who has worked extensively around the world. He was a story consultant on Nowhere in Africa, an Academy Award-winning foreign language film in 2003 and on Beyond Silence, a 1998 Academy Award-nominated film in 1998. He also collaborated with Doris Dorrie on her screenplay Nobody Loves Me and The Fisherman's Wife.
Limited to 24. $225/Filmmaker-level members; $275/others.
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