Courses 2016

 

___ FEBRUARY/MARCH
 

The Art of Documentary Filmmaking for Beginners
 
03 February – 26 March 2016 / 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’
 
29 February – 12 March 2016 / 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 /
 

 

___ APRIL/MAY
 

Introduction to Editing
 
25 April – 21 May 2016 / 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
 
23 May – 11 June 2016 / 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: CLOSED for applications /
 

___ JUNE/JULY
 

 
Documentary Directing and Developement
 
25 June – 9 July 2016 / non-residential course /
venue: YFS house

 

Three-week course open to a maximum of 8 YFS students on how to develop feature-length films on more complex topics which require journalistic research. Students must submit a project idea in order to apply for a place on this course. Classroom-based with screenings and discussions, this course will be led by an experienced international journalist/broadcaster or researcher/filmmaker who will help participants elaborate the exposition of their stories and begin creating a treatment.

 
Application Form: CLOSED for applications /
 

 

___JULY/AUGUST
 

 
How Films Work: Film Analysis Course
 
11 – 31 July 2016 / 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
 
1 – 18 August 2016 / 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
 

 
Post-Production
 
29 August – 17 September 2016 / 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
 
19 September – 15 October 2016 / 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: Apply Now.

 
 
The Art of Screenwriting
 
24 October – 4 November 2016 / 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: Apply now.
 

 

___OCTOBER
 

___ 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.

 
Application Form: OPEN for applications /
 





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