Courses 2018

 

___ FEBRUARY/MARCH

 

The Art of Documentary Filmmaking for Beginners

 

14 February – 07 April 2018 / residential course /
venue: YFS house

The Yangon Film School’s flagship seven-week intensive course for six male and six female participants aged between 20 and 38. Includes Basic Training followed by an introduction to the genre via screenings, specific classroom sessions and practical exercises in cinematography, sound recording, interview technique, research and treatment writing, culminating in the production, in three-person crews, of four films on a given topic. Co-taught by international and Myanmar tutors and student trainers

Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

Cinematography and Sound Training Module ‘All in a Day’s Work’

19 March – 07 April 2018 / residential course /
venue: YFS house

An 11-day intensive camera-and-sound training module for students of the Beginners’ course, co-tutored by local trainers and one international tutor.

Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

___  MAY
Introduction to Editing

01.06-29.06.18 / residential course /
venue: YFS house

A four-week residential training co-taught by local student trainers and an international tutor, aimed at 12 participants from the Beginners’ Course who have little or no editing experience. Participants will receive an introduction to digital editing suites and practice editing a range of short exercises from previously filmed material.

Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

___ MAY/JUNE

 

Participatory Video Training for Travelling Cinema Crews

21.05 – 31.05.18 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

The Yangon Film School’s Travelling Cinema Project is an outreach programme of film screenings and discussions conducted by film students at one or more sites in regional and/or remote rural areas, during which student crews will hold short participatory video courses for communities and film ‘rural testimonies’. In 2016 there will be five two-week placements during which four-person crews will travel to locations in either Shan, Kachin, Chin and/or Rakhine. Taught by an international tutor specialised in participatory video methods, this two-week course aims to prepare Travelling Cinema crews for their assignments. In week three the tutor will debrief returning crews and discuss with crews strategies for dealing with any challenges that may have arisen during their placements.

Application Form: coming soon /

 

___JULY/AUGUST

 

How Films Work: Film Analysis Course

02.07.-21.07.18 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

The idea of this three-week course is to give emerging filmmakers the ability to distinguish between different editing methods in either documentary or fiction film and to understand how editing can be used to build a film’s intensity. In this editing analysis course, three feature-length films will be deconstructed according to their cinematic elements in order to acquire a deeper understanding of how the art of editing relates to classical storytelling and/or more complex storytelling in contemporary cinema.

Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

Other Ways of Seeing: A History of Film Form

06.08.-23.08.18 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

This course has been developed with practicing filmmakers in mind. It proceeds from the practicalities of camera, composition, editing, sound etc. rather than illustrating film history in a slavishly chronological way. Film clips illustrating the topics, film form and style are screened as appropriate during the course and students learn to analyse both the clips and stills. This course is taught in a classroom by an international tutor with a student trainer assisting.
Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

___SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER /NOVEMBER

 

Post-Production

10.09.-06.10.18 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

This four-week course aims to instil professionalism at the closing stages of the edit and encourage students to take charge of finessing a film. The classroom-based course discusses topics and includes exercises to improve capacity in: locking the cut, working with directors and producers, subtitling, the art and science of colour correction and organising tracks for the mix. This course is taught in a classroom by an international tutor with a student trainer assisting.

Application Form: CLOSED for applications /

 

Sound Design

08.10.-03.11.18 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

During this four-week course international tutors from the well-known Berlin Sound Design Studio Basis and from Prague will work with graduates of previous courses and introduce new students to equipment and software (Digital Audio Workstations, ProTools), but also the artistic aspects of sound post-production and design.

Application Form:  OPEN/

 

The Art of Screenwriting

tba / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

This course provides an introduction to how to create screenplays for short fictional stories inspired by real life and which can be shot on location with a low budget using non-actors – a genre known at YFS as ‘true fictions’. During the 12 day course, writers will be guided through the entire development process, from the initial stages of identifying and creating stories and outlining and developing characters, to writing a synopsis, step outline and, ultimately, a first draft screenplay. The best scripts will be turned into films during the next YFS ‘true fictions’ course. Co-taught by an international tutor and student trainer, the course comprises a mixture of discussion, short film screenings and practical writing exercises.

Application Form:  coming soon /

 

___ YEAR ROUND

The Yangon Film School Travelling Cinema Project

 

Five trips during
the year / non-residential course /
venue: Shan/Chin/Rakhine and Kachin TBA

This outreach programme of film screenings and discussions at one or more sites in regional and/or remote rural areas in Shan, Chin, Kachin and/or Rakhine includes film screenings, filming of video diaries and rural testimonies and a two-week participatory video facilitation to help communities make their own short films about topics of their own choosing. Travelling Cinema crew members propose their own venues and partner organisations but must have completed at least one participatory video training (see above) in order to take part in placements.

 





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