Courses

Talkinglens Academy  
Media Courses 2013 
  in association with
 The White Cloth Gallery  Leeds

Talkinglens Academy in association with the prestigious White Cloth Gallery, Leeds are providing, for the first time in Yorkshire, a range of specialist  intensive short media courses. These courses have been devised to suit the independent filmmaker individually. However, quite uniquely they can also be combined as a package in that they cover every crucial aspect of the film-making process for the independent filmmaker.

TalkingLens Academy is dedicated to creating the next generation of filmmakers.

The course content is aimed at the independent media practitioner or filmmaker who seeks practical intensive knowledge in a particular specialist discipline of the film and television industry in a short space of time.

The courses will be delivered by practicing media industry professionals who can not only draw upon their vast and up to date knowledge of the industry but people who are experienced and also possess a talent for teaching their craft.

These media courses will allow you to learn more about aspects of Film Production that you are interested in. They are designed to provide a detailed account of certain aspects of the film industry in a short space of time.

Courses will run throughout 2013. Please see below for details on content, availability, dates and tutors.  

1. SCREENWRITING - DRAMA

Students will gain understanding of story creation, types of stories and the concept of the Three Act Structure of beginning, middle and end. Establish the concept of scenes and what they achieve within the story. Introduction to story and the seven classic story types to create and understanding of the concept of story. Hands on filming action, to gain an understanding of focusing on the key action of a scene. Regular written exercises will help you unearth the secrets of great character development, meaningful dialogue and amazing storytelling with conventional and unconventional narrative methods.  more info



2. SITCOM WRITING FOR TELEVISION

Students will gain understanding of story creation, types of stories and the concept of the Three Act Structure of beginning, middle and end. Establish the concept of scenes and what they achieve within the story.  Introduction to story and the seven classic story types to create and understanding of the concept of story. Hands on filming action, to gain an understanding of focusing on the key action of a scene.  Regular written exercises will help you unearth the secrets of great character development, meaningful dialogue and amazing storytelling with conventional and unconventional narrative methods.  more info

3. CREATIVE CORPORATE PRODUCTION

This course will provide an introduction to the history of the industry, the relationships with both TV and other business communication media and give an overview of the typical stages, and the implications of each, within production.  You will learn how to create different types of programme and their effect. You will also learn how to write and respond to a brief, including conducting appropriate research, isolating target audiences, and tailoring the message filming and final delivery for broadcast or online.  more info

4. DIRECTING

Demonstration of the role of the director throughout the making of a film, from start to the end. Individual focus upon pre-production, the shoot and post production. Covering areas such as storyboarding, budgeting, kit, casting, the film shoot, handling actors, calling the shots, working with actors and crew, directing with editing in mind. more info

5. PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

The Production Management course covers the principles and practices of the role of the Production Manager in film and single camera film and television production.

more info.

6. DIRECTING ACTORS

This course will look at how best to work with your cast when Directing. From making  the right choices when casting, through to rehearsing and directing on set. How to make sure you communicate well with your actors and get the very best performance out of them. more info

7. LIGHTING - PRACTICAL AND CREATIVE

Full overview of Lights and what they do A comprehensive look at Filters,  Lighting Continuity,  Camera and Lens choices and Colour temperature, Pre Production Location Recce etc, Explaining Flags and Nets Lighting Ratios, Moving the Camera and Using Lighting/filters etc on exteriors. Lighting Demonstrations, with hands on exercises and Q & A throughout each session. more info

8. SOUND RECORDING - LOCATION AND STUDIO SOUND RECORDING

Sound Recording involves

1. What is sound.
2. Microphones.
3. Amplifiers and Mixers.
4. Speakers and Headphones
And more

9. SOUND POST PRODUCTION - MASTERING PRO-TOOLS AND CREATING THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK

Using the leading industry software, Avid Pro Tools the course will introduce and explore the skills required to work with sound for the moving image.
Throughout the day participants will build a video soundtrack, making use of a variety of software tools and techniques.

10. EDITING - MASTER CLASS

A brief introduction to nonlinear editing (NLE), Project management, Exploring the Avid Media Composer interface.

11. MAKE - UP FOR HORROR AND ACTION MOVIES

Want to learn how to create convincing makeup for your horror or action movies, whether it’s zombies or bruises or blood, learn all the tricks and tips to make your characters look the part in this hands on, action packed workshop.
more info

12. DSLR FILMMAKING

13. DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKING

A two day introduction to the art of documentary making. Covering all aspects of the form from generating ideas, through budget, research, production and editing. Plus how to sell your ideas to broadcasters. more info.

14. HOW TO FILM LIVE EVENTS - Including and Stage Performance

Directing, Producing,  Filming live music  and stage performance. Aspects covered include: Camera,  Lighting, Editing, Location Sound Recording and Audio Post Production. Also Planning a shoot, What is the budget? Equipment, Legal clearances and contracts, Create your schedule, Freelance contracts and staff check, Setting up equipment, Prepare audio recording equipment, Prepare camera equipment and lights, Sound check, Film and record artists, Presenter shots and script.
Health and safety and insurance and Accounts.

15. PRESENTING FOR BROADCAST AND LIVE SHOWS

The aim of this course will be to introduce the many different types of presenting a performer or entertainer can expect to come across. It aims to give the basic principles of presenting to audiences, whether they are corporate, live, pre-recorded or performance based presentations.

16. BOLLYWOOD FOR BEGINNERS

The aim of this course is to familiarise attendees about the Indian film industry and to give a grasp and understanding of the various principles and elements involved into both creating and viewing
Indian cinema. An introduction into the context of periods in Indian cinema history will allow a framework from which to work.
























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