How to shoot a film.

The Film-Making course is aimed at those who want to acquire and develop the basic techniques of cinematography, understood as a discipline belonging to the visual arts, through the creation of a personal audiovisual project.

The aim of the course is to follow the creation of a short film from the conceptualisation phase to its screening. It starts with an understanding of the types of audiovisuals that can be developed, also thanks to the study and analysis of the materials provided by the history of cinema, and continues with practical workshop experiences. The exercises include the development of a project idea, the drafting of the screenplay, the definition of the directing style, the choices of photography direction, editing practices.




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    Course type: group session – in-person
    Participants: min 8 / max 12
    Course start/end: October 30 – December 18, 2021
    Registration dates: October 1, 2021
    Attendance: weekly, on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Duration: 8 lessons – total of 24 hours
    Cost: € 380 (to be paid in full at the time of registration)
    Language: Taught in Italian
    Lecturer: Alessandro Marinelli
    Location: RUFA – via Benaco, 2 (Cinema Classroom)

    Objectives: in the Film-making course each participant has the opportunity to develop a personal pathway to learn different filmmaking techniques and put them immediately into practice in the realisation of an audiovisual content: film, video clip or documentary, also thanks to the use of professional equipment provided by the Academy and practical activities. Lessons are enriched by historical notes on the history of cinema and documentaries thanks to the viewing and comparison of audio-visual materials.

    During the course the following topics and technical applications are experimented:
    Elements of contemporary film
    The shot. Viewing parts of short films and definition of the framing and shooting.

    The screenplay
    – From the idea to the subject;
    – The lineup and the treatment;
    – The technical script and the storyboard. Direction plan.

    The direction
    – Staging method, basic choreography, the composition of the frame, production principles.
    – The styles of direction, shooting with a tripod and hand-held camera.

    Basic elements of photography
    The use of shutter, gain, iris, and white balance.

    Principle of the three-point lighting, backlighting, and side lighting.

    The assembling
    – Basic principles of editing, cutting, order of the shots and their associative effect;
    – Rhythm, visual and temporal continuity, shot/reverse shot, entrances and exits, 180 degree rule, expressions;
    – The types of editing: narrative, expressive, rhythmic, ideological;
    – Laboratory: editing with professional software.

    The sound
    – The functions of sound, sound and space, sound and time, sound and story: the “listening point”, words and voices, music and noises;
    – Laboratory: computerized editing.

    The projection
    Intergroup: presentation, analysis and discussion of the films made by the students.

    Alessandro Marinelli is a director and documentary filmmaker, editor and lecturer based in Rome.

    He graduated in Editing at NUCT (Nuova Università del Cinema di Roma) and then in Cinema at RUFA.

    Since 2003 he has worked as an editor and director making documentaries, feature films, commercials and video clips. He experiments with different languages and genres. In 2006 he worked with Manetti Bros as assistant director and assistant editor for the film Piano 17.

    He collaborated as editor with director Gabriele Albanesi on the films Il bosco fuori and Ubaldo Terzani horror show. In 2009, he began to dedicate himself to the documentary genre, which responds to his great interest in reality.

    He collaborates with Digital Studio, Clipper Media and Rai Cinema productions, editing documentaries and feature films and working with various directors including Luca Archibugi (Roma – Gerusalemme, Abuna Michele), Francesca Muci (Siamo tutti vecchi, Alessandra, la forza di un sorriso – evento speciale Giffoni Film Festival; La Santa, L’amore è imperfetto – R&C Produzioni in competition at the 37th Montreal Film Festival), Andrea De Fusco (Gleason’s gym, Big Apple Juice, In Aquis Fundata), Barbara Cupisti (Esuli la trilogia: Esuli le guerre, Esuli Tibet and Esuli l’ambiente) and with Simone Aleandri (Sono Cosa Nostra).

    In 2014, with the documentary Pino Masciari – storia di un imprenditore calabrese, which he wrote and directed, he won several prizes and awards including the Ilaria Alpi doc Rai Award as best documentary.

    In 2016 he made the documentary Fragments of freedom ( Terra di Siena Film Festival, Human Right Film Festival – Diritti a Todi, Festival del calcio solidale, Est Film Festival).



    RUFA students: 10%
    University Students: 5%  (upon presentation of the university booklet)
    Course pack: For those who enroll in two or more courses, a 10% reduction will be applied on the purchase of courses following the first.
    *The early bird formula cannot be combined with other promotions

    At the end of the course, upon request, a certificate of attendance is issued after attending at least 7 of the 8 lessons.

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