Guerilla filmmaking laboratory

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The art of filmmaking, telling your world in real time

The Guerilla Filmmaking Laboratory will provide you with the knowledge you need to make digital cinema without being bogged down by the methodology, logistics, and costs of traditional cinema productions. As in Italian Neorealism, Nouvelle Vague, and Independent Cinema you will go out on the streets and narrate your world. We will use the exceptional tools now available thanks to modern technology, from simple automatic cameras to refined digital cinema cameras. Speed is the essence of the workshop, and you will have the valuable opportunity to work with spontaneity, whatever your previous experience.

The workshop uses the incredible advances in film-video technology to apply hands-on experience with critical analysis to help understand the theory and concepts of film language and film conventions by rapidly making films, dissecting them, and going out to shoot again.

Aimed at students, artists, filmmakers, performers, and anyone who wants to document their own slice of life.

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    Course type: group – in-person
    Participants: Max 20
    Attendance: from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm
    Duration: 5 days – 30 hours in total
    Cost:To be announced
    Requirements/supporting materials: No entry requirements. All materials are provided by the Academy and included in the cost of the course.
    Language: English. Participants are required to have a B2 level of English.
    Lecturer: Stephen Natanson
    Location: RUFA – Via Benaco 2 – Roma and Via Degli Ausoni 7/A – Roma
    Certificate: At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance will be issued, based on attendance at least 4 of the 5 days, which corresponds to 2 ECTS.

    SUMMER 2023

    This intensive workshop will cover film language and conventions, storytelling, structure, rhythm, improvisation, and experimental techniques. We will see how with modern technology we can shortcut the traditional production and distribution process and how it is feasible to produce quality with relatively simple tools and little or no costs.
    Each participant will write, produce, edit, and finalize several short films with both simple point and shoot cameras and with professional digital cinema cameras. The aim is to quickly sketch out what we want to say and having seen the result and received criticism, learn from our mistakes and either reshoot or make another film. The results can be reportage, cinéma vérité, video art, fiction, experimental, or combinations of all of these.
    Similar to sketching for artists, the objective is to learn how to choose one’s own point of observation, directly capture reality, represent it authentically, and experiment with different techniques to promptly make films.

    Stephen Natanson
    Stephen Natanson is a film director and producer. He has traveled the world making documentaries, short films, and commercials. He has worked for the major Italian, European, and American television networks (RAI, Mediaset, Antenne Deux, BBC, ITV, CBS, CNN, ABC etc.). His documentaries have been in competition at the festivals of Venice, Berlin, Rio, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Mumbai, Florence, San Francisco, London, Montreal, Hong Kong, Warsaw, Gothenburg, Auckland, Mannheim. He has won several international awards, including the Silver Ribbon, and the Golden Globe, and has been nominated for the David di Donatello. He graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

    RUFA students and Alumni: 10%
    University students: 5% (upon presentation of the university registration booklet)

    If the student, after having attended the workshop, enrolls in a BA or MA program at RUFA, a 10% reduction will be applied to the annual tuition fee for the first year.

    RUFA has entered into several agreements with facilities that provide housing services.