A Weekend Workshop with Multi-Award Winning Director Hossein Martin Fazeli
23 – 23 Oct; 11.00am - 6.00pm;
Cineworks, DOC BC and InFocus Film School present a weekend intensive workshop and masterclass by multi-award-winning director Hossein Martin Fazeli, exploring essential practical skills and theory that form the pillars of expertise in documentary filmmaking.
Hossein Martin Fazeli has been writing and directing dramatic and non-fiction films for the past 17 years. His films have been broadcast around the world, including on BBC, ARTE, SBS, and Canal+. His film, The Tale of The Two Nazanins, about an Iranian teenage girl imprisoned on death row, was broadcast on major international networks such as the BBC and CBC and is credited with igniting an international campaign that saved her life. In 2007 he was short-listed by the Sundance Institute to take part in their International Filmmakers Award. His films have won 37 international awards.
Part 1: MAJOR SCHOOLS OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Three major schools of documentary filmmaking; Observational Cinema, Investigative Cinema and Performative Cinema. We will see segments of films like 'Divorce, Iranian Style', 'No fire Zone', 'Chronicles of a Summer', 'the Arbour', etc. to get a concise overview of these schools, their main characteristics and differences.
Part 2: CINEMATOGRAPHY, SOUND and EDIT
Camera (set-up, framing, lenses);
The vital importance of sound and the differences between lav and boom recording;
The editing process, from assembly to fine cut.
Part 3: STORYTELLING
Idea/Story/Structure as three main elements of writing a great proposal;
How to find and develop stories based on personal experiences;
Tips and tricks of interviewing and how to put an interviewee at ease in order to start a conversation with her;
The vital importance of research in order to make a good film;
Pre-production processes and what they entail;
Part 4: EXERCISE
In-class filming exercise. Everybody will take part in the making of a short documentary on the class itself (where to put the camera, how to conduct an interview with the instructor, how to position lav and boom, etc);
Each day will include a one-hour lunchbreak (lunch not provided).