Cinemalaya Institute

COURSES in feature-length screenplay writing, basic filmmaking, and cinematography will be offered at the 3rd Cinemalaya Institute from May 22 to June 30, 2017.  Applications are now being accepted until April 18, 2017. Workshops will be held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Sophia Wellington will teach Writing the Feature-Length Screenplay.  Designed for students with scriptwriting experience and with outlines or drafts of existing screenplays, the course will take students through the process of refining a feature idea, creating strong characters, developing a story arc, writing a step outline and a draft of the screenplay.  They will study plotting, visual storytelling, scene writing and dialogue as they meet the challenge of a robust outline.  At the end of the course, students will have a step outline and scenes to enable them to complete a draft of their feature screenplay.  Course instructor Sophia Wellington has taught screenwriting at many film schools including the London Film School and London Film Academy.  Wellington is an expert in script development.

Carlos Siguion-Reyna will teach Basic Filmmaking: The Silent Film. A six-week course in directing, this course enables students to apply the basics of film language in film exercises and achieve a basic mastery of the classic conventions and tools of the film directors. Towards the end of the course, each student will direct his keystone project: a seven-minute silent digital film. The purpose of the course is to challenge the student to find his/her own cinematic voice within the basic, commonly understood language of narrative film. The seven-minute keystone project shall be a narrative film, not an experimental film, not a “mood piece” or a “tone poem.” The project shall be shot on exterior locations and shall use sound effects but not music. Viewing of clips by master directors, basic reading, and classroom discussions will provide a framework for the heart of the course, which is film production. The approach is similar to that of a Fine Arts laboratory. While it aims for a basic mastery of the classic conventions and tools of the film director, it is also expected that students explore, with genuine artistic seriousness, the personal and formal variations that lead to discovery of one's own style. Siguion-Reyna is an award winning film/theater director.

William Tunnicliffe will teach Cinematography. The workshop will look at the art and practice of cinematography as a powerful tool for visual storytelling. Lectures are combined with in-class shooting exercises on a soundstage in order to explore the aesthetics of cinematography within three major areas: composition, light, and movement. Practical training will cover established protocols for cinematography on dramatic film productions. As students create images and film scenes, they learn how to use digital cameras; how to compose shots; how to select and balance lenses; how to move the camera for dramatic effect; and how to light scenes with professional lighting and grip equipment. Shooting exercises range from basic 3-point lighting to matching scenes from feature films which recreate complex lighting, blocking and framing. Students with different levels of media experience will work together in crews, so that experienced and inexperienced students will both benefit from the practical, hands-on training. Classes meet in the studio space for six hours each day. Assignments are also given for DSLR shooting outside the classroom, which incorporates the lessons learned on stage during the studio classes. Tunnicliffe is currently a Graduate Film Department faculty at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

The Cinemalaya Institute is the training arm of the Cinemalaya Foundation. Through the Cinemalaya Institute, the Cinemalaya Foundation focuses its efforts on providing education, training and accreditation of practitioners in key aspects of film production.

For inquiries, please call CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1705.

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