Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Flash Frame Visuals Academy, Bangalore, India

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Screenwriting Tips

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India

Screenwriting Tips

In one word if I am asked to describe pre-production …it is nothing but solely planning. Planning how to put your words across to make it into script, planning where to rewrite and how to make it better, planning what next to after scripting and so on and so forth! But many times while planning, we tend to overlook certain things, which are really important to have a tremendous output.

A quick look on few other pointers

Deciding on subjects

  • Choose your subject carefully; you are going to live for long time- Make sure day & night, eating, sleeping, breathing, you think only about that subject. Something which not only is very close to your heart, but something which you yourself will never get bored off and would love to stick to it till your film is out.
  • Through your film, be concerned for others- Even if subject has been chosen by you, always keep audience in mind…whether they too would be interested in the subject and if yes, which best way they would like to watch it.
  • Chose a subject and issues you would love you learn more about- You should grow each day while making a film. Before starting the script, devote sufficient time in researching about your subject. If you like it, definitely you would love to know more about it and share it with your audience too.
 Questions when assessing a script

Students of Flash Frame Visuals Academy, analyzing their script

·      How visually cinematic it is?
·      How well would it play with the sound turned off?
·      Whom did you care about and find interesting?
·      Is the plot credible, or can it be made so?
·      What is the screenplay trying to do, and how is it going about it?
·      In each scene decide what each character wants, moment to moment. What do they do to get it?
·      What stops the character and how does he and she adapt to each obstacle?
·      Are obstacles intelligently conceived to put the characters to the test?
·      What is the screenplay’s premise?
·      Time the film; does the story content merit the time it takes onscreen?

Script Scenes

  • Mark beats and critically examine the working of each dramatic unit.
  • See whether each scene can create more interesting questions in audience mind.
  • Eliminate scenes that repeat information or that fails to advance the story.
"Script Supervisor" plays an important role in the Production Team

With this, I conclude lessons on script and screenplay writing. We have already discussed enough on these topics. 'Write , write & re-write' this is how I would like to conclude about writing A little wait and new topics would be discussed in next issue, which would make you think more creatively and professionally.Till then keep writing and happy reading.

Ref: Directing- Michael Rabiger

Article written by :
Aditi Keerthi Kumar
Head - Academics
Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television
Bangalore, India
E-mail : aditi@ffvacademy.com

Friday, 2 December 2011

PG Diploma in Film Technology

Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film & Television

PG Diploma in Film Technology
Duration : 18 months (3 semesters)
Specialization: Direction (or) Cinematography

They say books are nothing but thoughts put together in words. Same is the case with film too. Film is nothing but imagination captured together in a magical box called camera and showcased on a big screen. Film has the powerful ability to accurately emulate mood and tone, bringing a story to life. Because film sees light, much the same way as the human eye and the captured image feels natural and real.

Film is a language. You choose your vocabulary, your dialect. The stocks, the way you expose them, the filtration, the lenses, the lighting, the color palette…all those things are where you refine your story.
FFVA provides you a dais to share your thoughts, to put them across in form of striking visuals, which till now have been just in your mind! 

The PG Diploma in Film Technology is an 18-months intensive course. The course structure has been customized by industry professionals in a way that the entire program would be divided into 3 semesters, giving in depth knowledge about what it takes to transform ideas into a celluloid short film. Students are expected to undergo a hectic course schedule.  
If you want to enter the hardcore cinema industry, with extensive knowledge in film formats like16mm & 35mm, this is the right course for you.

Course Structure

During first 10 months, the students will be learning about the aesthetics & techniques of Digital Filmmaking with High Definition, to understand the process of capturing and transforming the moving images.

Once familiar with it, they move on to the 16MM format using Arriflex 16 SR3 camera to develop in-depth understanding of the texture, tonality and latitude in both black & white and color.

Here, their learning starts with in depth classes of theoretical and practical aspects required to understand the language of Film Technology, with Filters & Light, Framing & Composition, Advanced Lighting, Image Manipulation, Sound Recording & Post production - Film processing & grading, Optical printing, Negative cutting, Film & Telecine Grading, Digital Intermediate & Conforming.

Students will be trained and guided by Cinematographers from the industry. Each student will create number of short films in HD and one short film with the 16mm reel.
Students use 16MM in the sophomore as their basis to operate and work from to understand advanced mediums and formats such as Super 16MM, 35MM and HD. Classes will have extensive coverage of theory & practical to understand the film formats.

According to their specialization, students will take the role as Director (or) Cinematographer in the short films created, using 16mm. At the end of the course, students will be confident & well versed to enter the film industry.
Film stock will be provided by PID India Pvt Ltd, official distributor of Kodak Ltd.

Course starts during July, of every year. 
For more details, visit our website http://www.ffvacademy.com