Grammar of Film Direction – Workshop by Kamal Swaroop

Posted: October 15, 2018 by Amit Sharma in cast & crew, cinema, Workshop
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About
On public demand, Tilt Shift Labs is organising a certified workshop with National Film Award winning director Kamal Swaroop on film writing and direction.

The workshop, titled ‘Grammar of Film Making’, is a three day long (long weekend) intensive workshop for amateur, semi-pro filmmakers or even students of cinema who are looking towards making a career as a filmmaker. This three day filmmaking workshop is the most intensive, instructional program in filmmaking that can be found at any film school. In three days, students are instructed in the basics of writing, directing, camera.

Your film begins here.

What you learn
Basics of Film-Making with focus upon camera angles, composition, cutting,
continuity, constructing a screenplay, and creating a shot breakdown.

Brief
Kamal Swaroop is a dual National Award- and Filmfare Award-winning film,
television and radio director and screenwriter. In 1974 he graduated from the Film and
Television Institute of India, and even his student works met with unusual international
acclaim. He continued with postgraduate studies at the Institute. He assisted the director
Richard Attenborough in the filming of Gandhi (1982). He made documentary as well as
feature films. He is currently working on a full-length documentary titled The Battle of
Benaras, produced by Medient. Famously banned, a formal experimenter, Om-Dar-Ba-
Dar is his master work.

Kamal Swaroop was born in Kashmir. The family then moved to Ajmer, where he graduated
in biology, before moving to Pune to study film direction. He had a brief stint at ISRO,
where he used Russian fairytales to teach science to kids, and then took filmmaking
classes in a remote village of Maharashtra.

Below are the details
Workshop topics
Day 1
Camera angles
Scene, shot, & sequence
Types of camera angles
(objective, subjective, and PoV)
Subject size, angle, and camera height
Extreme long shot
Long shot
Medium shot
Two shot
Close up
Inserts
Descriptive shots
Subject angle
Came height
Level angle
High angle
Low angle
Angle plus angle
Tilt dutch angles
Employing camera angles
Area
Viewpoint
Selection of area and viewpoint
Depicting the action
Change camera angle, lens or both
Scene requirements
Aesthetic factors
Technical factors
Psychological factors
Dramatic factors
Editorial factors
Natural factors
Physical factors
Camera angles on signs and printed matter
Problem camera angles
Conclusion
Continuity
Cinematic time & space
Time & space continuity
Time continuity
Space continuity
Filming the action
Types of action
(controlled action, uncontrolled action)
Filming techniques
(master scene, triple take)
How to use master scene technique
Advantages of filming master scenes
Disadvantages of filming master scenes
Triple take technique
How to use triple take technique
Advantages of triple take technique
Disadvantages of triple take technique
Master scene vs triple-take technique
Directional continuity
Importance of establishing direction
Screen direction
Dynamic screen direction
Use neutral shots
Action axis
How camera set-ups can be used to establish & maintain proper screen direction on moving player or vehicle
Action axis on curves
Action axis on corners
Action axis through doorways
Cheating the action axis
Entrances and exits
Reaction close-up for switching screen direction
Reversing screen direction
Map direction
Location interiors
Planned screen travel
Static screen direction
Matching the look
Look on both sides of lens
Neutral look
Matching look on moving players
Matching look on master scene cut in shots
Matching look with single player
Matching looks on speaker & audience
Action axis for 3 players
Matching looks on group seated around a table
Re-positioning action axis for background cheat
Matching look on stock shots & production scenes
Reverse shots

Day 2
Types of film editing
Continuity cutting
Compilation cutting
Cross cutting
Cutting on activity
Cutting and composition
Moving shots and static shots
Timing moving shots
Loose camera shots
Protection shots
Dissolves
Sound editing problems
Sound flow
Editorial requirements
(aesthetic, technical, and esthetic)
Narrative factors

Composition
Still v/s motion picture composition
Compositional rules
Compositional language
(lines, forms, masses, & movements)
Balance
(formal and informal)
Centre of interest
Lighting, tonal values, & colors
Selective focusing
Eye scan
Image placement
Image size
Integration with angles
Linear and aerial perspective
Background
Framing
Dynamic composition
Suspense composition
Catalog pictures
Compose in depth

Day 3
Process of writing
Discussing individual scripts
Story boarding process
Production planning
The need for story-telling
Visualization strategies
Dramatic strategies
Characterization strategies
Dialogue strategies
Melodrama, docudrama, hyper-drama
The experimental narrative

Venue
The District – Bungalow No. 96
Jankidevi School Rd, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061, India

Date and Time
19-20-21st October (10 AM Onwards Daily)
Duration of the event: 3 Days

More Details
https://insider.in/grammar-of-film-making-by-kamal-swaroop-oct19-21-2018/event
Ticket inclusions: Workshop Kit, Mentoring by Kamal Swaroop, Lunch, and Notes.

Comments
  1. Anon says:

    This workshop has been postponed from the date mentioned to an undisclosed later date. The reason given is “due to a personal emergency which the facilitator Mr. Kamal Swaroop has to attend”

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