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Residential Workshop, Italy (September, 2017)

September 11th to 16th, 2017 a five-day documentary workshop in Tuscany, Italy.  Tutors are award-winning French director Michel Tabet, British director Khaldoon Ahmed and Patrick Hazard. Teaching will be in English, Italian and French.

Villa Ariana

Participants will stay at the glorious Art Nouveau Villa Arianna, and a neighbouring apartment in the small hamlet of Ripoli. Villa Arianna is located on the wine route of the soft rolling southern hills of Pisa. The Villa is surrounded by a stunning 15,000 square metre park. In fine weather breakfast, and dinner are served “al fresco”. The workshop will be held at the Villa.

During the five days we will explore the history, theory and practise of documentary film. Deeply informed by anthropological concerns, at the heart of the workshop will be the question: How does documentary film production engage with processes of social change?

The number of participants is limited to just 8 in order to ensure the greatest ease of participation and personal attention from the tutors..

Fully interactive and participatory the workshop is varied in its methods. The emphasis always on developing a critical appreciation of the genre and encouraging the full self-expression of the participants. There will be numerous screenings and ample opportunity to enjoy wide-ranging conversation with the group while enjoying the best Italian food and wine.

Over the course of the week, individually and together, we will also develop film project ideas and in so-doing examine all the issues surrounding documentary production. You will create your own story and script and take it through all the development stages. We will also look at the the practical skills of production and post-production aided by many examples from world cinema.

The week will be extremely full and stimulating. We are sure it will produce many thoughts and ideas, as well as develop pre-existing scripts. Together we will summarise our week and publish our thoughts on the LIDF website.

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Course Summary

  • Documentary forms and theory. A historical review. Social and anthropological theory and its relevance to documentary film.
  • Research. Evolution of ideas. Writing Proposals. Pitching, Budgeting,
  • Techniques of storyboarding and story construction. Aspects of Directing. Exploring ideas of rhythm, pace, authority. Planning a shoot: Safety and legal issues. Permissions. Rights. Location issues. Ethics.
  • Shooting. Choosing a visual style. Camera positions and angles. Shot selection. Interview techniques. Sound.
  • Editing principles. Post Production and distribution.
  • Practical exercise on nearby location.

Booking and Cost

Dates: Tuesday 12th September to Saturday 16th September, 2017, Arrival on the 11th and departure on the 17th.

Max no. of Participants: 8
Places are few so bookings will be made on a first come first served basis.

Price: The workshop price includes the teaching, full board (breakfast, mid-morning coffee and snacks, lunch, dinner) and accommodation. However, we have put three evenings apart so that you can explore the local and very good, restaurants. Flights are not included but there are numerous cheap flights to Pisa airport with Ryanair and Easy Jet, as well as British Airways. Transit from the airport to the Villa will be provided.

Early-Bird discount (before June 1st): 750 euros

Full Price (June 2nd onwards): 1100 euros

To book please click HERE

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