No Budget Film School Presents "Cinema Language"
Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7, 2010 • 9:00am - 6:00pm
Raleigh Studios • Chaplin Theater
5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
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"If you're in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend attending this series of classes. Brought to you by two excellent filmmakers and instructors, Mark Stolaroff and Tom Provost, you really can't go wrong." - Huffington Post
"Every producer should take your classes before taking on a film. These classes are beneficial not just for writers or directors but for anyone who works with or has a love for movies." - Andy Henderson
No Budget Film School presents "Cinema Language," four courses rolled into a single weekend. A departure from previous No Budget Film School courses that have concentrated solely on no-budget production, "Cinema Language" is an intensive and highly entertaining exploration of the art of cinema. The kind of instruction usually found only in expensive film schools, these tenets of film language are some of the most cost-effective ways to improve the quality of a production no matter what the budget. Whether you're spending $100 million or $100, you're going to be pointing your camera at something. “Cinema Language” is a practical exploration of how to get the most out of what you shoot, independent of budget.
These classes will be taught by filmmaker and instructor Tom Provost (see bio below) at Raleigh Studios' Chaplin Theater, from 9am to 6pm, on November 6th & 7th. Single day tickets are also available for each day. Tuition includes a complimentary lunch and class materials.
* Please note: each class has a homework assignment.
DAY ONE - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Morning Session: Course 103: "Mastering Film Grammar"
"You gave me a whole new appreciation for visual storytelling. Your presentations will forever have an impact on my own writing and storytelling." - Joe Coddington
"Mastering Film Grammar" covers the specific strengths of the motion picture medium. What are the artistic elements that make up a film, and how do they work together to create a singular, multi-sensory experience? Instructor Provost will explore the colors, shots, shapes, symbols, lines, shadows, and sounds that prompt specific emotions and make up the extremely visual and aural art that is the motion picture. Framing, moving, editing and lighting the image, depth of field, POV, score and source music, sound effects: these are the elements of the language of cinema, and we as filmmakers make creative decisions based on these elements no matter the budget of our projects.
The course dives into classical film grammar, examining how to use it properly and then how it can be twisted to great effect. The course also covers specific examples of how to use Frame, Light, Shadow, Color, Sound, and Editing, with over 100 clips and screen shots from various movies to illustrate and illuminate. Whether you are a writer, director, producer, or just a film buff, this extremely entertaining class will expand your knowledge of the craft of filmmaking as well as help inspire and prepare you for your next feature project.
Suggested Homework Assignment
Watch All That Jazz (1979 dir. Bob Fosse); Notorious (1946 dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
Afternoon Session: Course 204: "From Script to Screen"
"This was an excellent class. It is very rare that you can talk to a filmmaker so openly about every aspect of production and really delve into the film. Especially one who has so much knowledge of film as Tom does." - Alden Anderson
Writer/Director Provost discusses the process of traveling from script to final edited product of his new feature The Presence, which stars Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk and Shane West. This will be a candid, insightful dissection of the filmmaking process, examining a just-completed feature that has been chosen as the opening or closing night feature at numerous film festivals this fall and will not be released until 2011. Students will read the first act of the screenplay as homework before attending the class, and then watch the complete film in the afternoon.
Following the screening, Provost will cover extensively how he and his creative team worked to bring what was on paper to life, given the typical compromises and considerations of budget, time, personnel issues, weather, and planning. Particular focus will be placed on what "went wrong" on the set, as well as what changed from the script and why. The discussion will also include the "writing" that went on in the editing room as the film took shape and became something apart from the shooting script. Specific clips and production stills will be used to illustrate the various decisions made on the set and after.
"From Script To Screen" is an extremely frank and revealing discussion about the realities every filmmaker faces whatever the budget, offering filmmakers a rare insider's look at just how a movie comes to fruition. Students will have the opportunity to see the film months before it opens to the general public and have an open forum with the filmmaker regarding their thoughts on the movie.
Suggested Homework Assignment
Read the first 30 pages of The Presence
DAY TWO - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
Morning Session: Course 104: "Introducing Your Character"
"You have unique insight on form and character that I will incorporate into my own directing. And the class was extremely entertaining." - Julie Cohen
One of the most difficult things to do in any kind of story is quickly and efficiently set up a character...and in a manner that pays off further into the narrative. "Introducing Your Character" is an in-depth, intensive look at how filmmakers effectively reveal characters to the audience, whether in a straightforward or purposely misleading fashion. Using a variety of clips as well as John Dahl's retro thriller Red Rock West, the class examines numerous ways you can provide incisive information to your audience, even in a single line or shot. In the words of instructor Provost, "This is a kick-ass class.”
Suggested Homework Assignment
Watch Red Rock West (1993, dir. John Dahl)
Afternoon Session: Course 105: "Disclosure of Information"
"The information you presented was just incredible. It will have a profound effect on how I approach my own stories." - Alice Garcia
“Disclosure of Information” is the essence of storytelling. Every single choice you make in storytelling/filmmaking reveals information to the audience. How to do it, when and why to do it, what the effect will be on your audience--all are determined by the manner in which you disclose each and every piece of information in your script.
While the entire weekend in essence is an exploration of how to disclose information, this class looks in-depth at the myriad choices a filmmaker has--right and wrong--and how to master those choices to create the most effective experience for the audience possible. Clips from various films such as Jaws, Blood Simple, and Carrie will be used, as well as intensive explorations of two Hitchcock classics, North by Northwest and Psycho.
Suggested Homework Assignment
Watch North By Northwest and Psycho (1959/1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
MORE TESTIMONIALS FOR TOM PROVOST:
"Your class on form and construction of image is of the utmost importance and, as a director, to say it affected my own work in a profound way would be an understatement." - Bill Garrett
"A very candid, humble, and talented guy! Loved the class!" - Bart Baggett
"I had such a good time!!! It was wonderful!" - Joy Young
FREE OFFER FOR CINEMA LANGUAGE STUDENTS!!
All attendees of this weekend's Cinema Language class receive Chris Soth's famed tele-seminar, The Mini-Movie Method For Screenwriters, a $250 value, absolutely free! Four 2-hour teleseminar courses over the course of two weekends in December, which you can take from anywhere, and you get to keep MP3's of the courses so you can refer to them anytime. Soth is an acclaimed screenwriter and instructor who sold his first script Firestorm for a high six-figures when he was still in grad school at USC. In addition to the course, you also get these free bonuses: Soth's E-book (a $45 value); access to recorded bonus classes; and weekly access to pro screenwriter "office hours". For more information about Soth's course, visit:
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Tom Provost has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry as an author, screenwriter, editor, director, producer, actor, and instructor. Before graduating from The University of Texas in Austin's prestigious Plan II honors program with an emphasis in film, he wrote and directed several shorts and authored a published thesis on director Alfred Hitchcock. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After landing several parts in film and TV, including a recurring role on Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, Provost took up editing, learning the Avid system just as non-linear editing was beginning to make its way on the scene. After editing short films and a couple of features, he worked for several years cutting and producing award winning promos for the WB and Bravo Television Networks.
During this time he was hired to adapt a script for Morgan Freeman's production company, Revelations, a screenplay eventually made into the film Under Suspicion starring Freeman and Gene Hackman, directed by Stephen Hopkins. The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award. This lead to work as a script doctor, where his ability to shape story has been highly prized. Long in development, Provost's feature directorial debut The Presence, (www.thepresencemovie.com), which he also wrote, was recently completed and is set for release in early 2011. The inventive ghost story/modern-day gothic romance stars Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Shane West (ER), Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk (Weeds), and Tony Curan (Pearl Harbor, Gladiator). In addition to directing commercials and editing reality TV (The Bachelor, The Apprentice [Emmy nominated], and several others), Provost has been a popular film instructor at a variety of venues all over the country for many years.
REGISTER TODAY! PRE-PAY AND SAVE!
Discounts are available to attendees who pay before the start of the class. Further discounts are available to students, (both former No Budget Film School students and all other students with a valid Student I.D.). Tickets at the door will be $300 for both days; $175 for a single day. Only cash and checks will be accepted at the door. To pre-pay with a check, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. Tuition includes a complimentary lunch, refreshments, and class materials.
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