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1-9 SEPTEMBER 2022 ❯

Photography and film-making: from theory to practice.

The Photography and cinema portfolio program will take you on a practical and theoretical exploration of the essentials of photography and filmmaking: operational practices, methodologies and cultural-historical background to provide you with a cross-sectional overview of this world.

In the Photography course you will experience the basic principles and techniques of digital photography. Through exercises, you will understand the importance of composition and the use of light, indoor and outdoor shooting techniques, exposure and light metering, and the language of optics.
The viewing of photographic projects by authors who have made their mark on the history of photography will be fundamental for acquiring a greater awareness and coherence of photographic language.

In the Film-making course you will have the opportunity to develop a personal pathway by acquiring various cinematographic techniques, and to put them immediately into practice in the production of an audiovisual content – film, video clip or documentary – thanks to the use of professional equipment provided by the Academy. Your lessons will be enriched by historical notes on the history of cinema and documentaries through the vision of audio-visual materials and constant comparison.

The Photography and Cinema portfolio programme is led by two professionals in the field, RUFA lecturers in the three-year Photography and Audiovisual and Cinema courses. The workshops will be held mainly in two classrooms: the posing room and the multimedia lab – equipped with computers, software and tools – for the digital processing of some works. An outing in the area is planned during the week.

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    Course type: group – in presence
    Participants: Max 20
    Start – end of course: 1 September – 9 September 2022
    Registration deadline: 1 August 2022
    Frequency: Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
    Duration: 7 days – 14 lessons – total 49 hours
    Cost: € 890,00. The cost also includes a final aperitif at the end of the course.
    Requirements/Supports: Students are invited to bring their own smartphone. If they have a laptop they can bring it. All materials needed for the workshop activities will be provided by the Academy.
    Language: Italian. To participate in the course a level of knowledge of the Italian language equal to level B2 is required.
    Lecturer: Christian Rizzo, Alessandro Marinelli
    Venue: RUFA – Via Benaco 2 – Rome and Via Degli Ausoni 7/A-Rome
    Certificate: At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance will be issued, following attendance of at least 6 of the 7 scheduled lessons, for a possible recognition of 2 CFUs.

    SEPTEMBER 1/2/5/6/7/8/9
    From 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.


    The camera/exposure. Fundamentals of digital cameras. Exposure meter, diaphragm, shutter and ISO sensitivity

    Outdoor output. The lenses: wide angle, normal and telephoto. Depth of field

    Studio shooting. The framing. The rule of thirds. The point of view. The perspective

    Studio portrait. Light patterns. Exposure meter. Incident and reflected light. Contrast measurement. Use of dedicated flash

    Historical notes on the history of photography from its birth to contemporary authors.

    Main features. Basic processing of RAW files. Selection of images through Adobe Bridge.

    Composition and graphics.


    Framing. Vision of short film parts and definition of fields and shooting plans

    From the idea to the subject. The outline and the treatment. The technical script and the storyboard. Planning the direction.

    The method of staging, basic choreography, shot composition, principles of editing connections. Directing styles, shooting with tripod and handheld camera.

    The use of shutter, gain, iris, and white balance.

    Principle of the 3 points of light, backlighting, and cut light.

    Basic principles of editing, cutting, order of shots and their associative effect, rhythm, visual and temporal continuity, field and counter field, entrances and exits, law 180, direction of the looks.
    Types of editing: narrative, expressive, rhythmic, ideological.
    Workshop: electronic editing on professional software.

    Treatment and rescue.

    PHOTOGRAPHY – Christian Rizzo
    He is a professional photographer, director of photography and teacher.
    He graduated in Advertising Graphics and Photography in Salerno and in Graphic Design at RUFA. He then completed a Master’s degree at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia.
    In 2005 he took part in the making of the video Urban Signs, presented at the Casa dell’Architettura in Rome for Public Design: Visuals (Biennial Project); in the same year he took part in the collective exhibition Opere Prime, organised by the RufArtGallery in Rome.
    In 2006 he presented the video RH22 at the RUFAShort Film Festival, in collaboration with the London Film Academy. In 2007, her first solo exhibition, entitled Canto delle Sirene, was presented at the RufArtGallery in Rome; in the same year, he exhibited his personal project entitled RH15 at Palazzo Genovese in Salerno. At the same time he began to collaborate with the art magazine Terzo Occhio, published by Ulisse Editore. In 2008 he took part in the collective exhibition àtika. In 2008 he participated in the creation of the catalogue Immagini del Gusto. In 2010 he took part in the creation of the monthly magazine Pane Acqua: appunti di idee progressiste. In 2011 he took part in the creation of a photography workshop at the Civico Zero cooperative (Save the Children); in the same year he collaborated as director of photography on the short film La Digitale Purpurea by Florinda Martucciello under the supervision of Marco Bellocchio and inaugurated his third solo exhibition Ready Made at the Caffè Letterario G. Verdi in Salerno. In 2019 he contributed to the photographic exhibition SINOSSI at Palazzo Velli in Rome. He is a photographer for the communication agency Cappelli Identity Design.
    Since 2011 he has been teaching the RUFA Digital Image Processing and Photography course.

    CINEMA – Alessandro Marinelli
    He is a director and editor. He graduated in Editing at NUCT (New University of Cinema in Rome) and in Cinema at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (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 devote himself to the documentary genre, which responds to his great interest in reality. He collaborated with Digital Studio, Clipper Media and Rai Cinema, 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, La Santa, L’amore è imperfetto, La casa dei bambini), 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, Womanity) and with Simone Aleandri (Sono Cosa Nostra). In 2014 with the documentary Pino Masciari – storia di un imprenditore calabrese, written and directed by him, he won the Ilaria Alpi doc Rai Award as best documentary. In 2016 he made the documentary Frammenti di libertà, about the experience of Atletico Diritti, a football team made up of ex-prisoners, political refugees and university students, participating in several festivals, including Terra di Siena Film Festival, Human Right Film Festival, Todi, Est Film Festival, RomAfrica Film Festival. In 2018 he writes and directs Basileus la scuola dei re, the documentary set in the Federico Fellini middle school in the San Basilio district of Rome, the only Italian film at the 46th edition of the Giffoni Film Festival International Documentary Competition, presented at the Doxa Documentary film festival in Canada, (in a selection that includes the best Italian documentaries of the season), winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Civita Cinema Festival and the Best Feature Film Award at MonFilmFest 2019. In 2020 with Quarantine Mood, which he wrote and directed, he won several awards and recognitions, including the Audience Award at the Corona Short Film Festival, the Best Short Film Award at the Urban Visions confined Film Festival, and participation in the ShortShort Film Festival&Asia in Japan.

    If the student, after having attended the Portfolio Program, passes the admission test and enrolls in a first or second level academic course, RUFA will apply a 10% reduction on the annual tuition fee for the first year.

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