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The Africa Film Academy: Film in a Box

Workshops : The Africa Film Academy is set to empower 1000 youths in its quest to promote capacity in different aspects of film making and promote the growth of the motion picture industry is set to train over 1000 youths across the continent over the next 12 months.

The Africa Film Academy will also be running training programmes across Africa this summer called ‘Film in a Box’, an all round film training course. The courses are held in Banjul Gambia, Johannesburg South Africa and Lagos Nigeria. Our Module takes the shape of Team Building and Team Work over a period of 21 days of intensive training.
The Curriculum covers the core modules of:
* SCREENWRITING
* DIRECTING
* CINEMATOGRAPHY
* EDITING
* ACTING
* SOUND
* PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Film in a Box Detailed Course Outline
Students are required to go from basics to some form of knowledge base on the area of the course they decide to follow at the end of the three week training courses.
The students are divided into two team that build on a production which is basically a film not exceeding 90 minutes in parallel and intersecting with the courses.

ACTING
This program is for those with no formal training in Acting, wishing to act for the screen. The Acting for Film program prepares actors to be technically skilled, versatile and marketable in the film industry.
Coursework emphasizes training for the naturalistic portrayal of Character, the most frequent style used in film as there are many valid approaches to Character Portrayal. The process is taught making use of complimentary techniques such as Meisner's behaviour-based exercises, Robert Cohen's techniques for integrating the Actor's many technical tasks and physical exercises adapted from the Lecoq School.
Course in Voice and Movement will also be an essential component of the curriculum.

EDITING
Program teaches you the art and skills required for editing films and mastering post-production techniques. Film Editing is the process of selecting and joining together shots, connecting the resulting sequences and ultimately creating a finished motion picture. It is an Art of Storytelling.
Film Editing is the only art that is unique to cinema, separating filmmaking from other art forms that preceded it. It is often referred to as the 'invisible art' because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the Editor's work.
During the first semester, students learn the standards software used by professional post production houses around the globe: After Effects, Maya and Light Wave.
Topics covered include: Basic Visual Effects, Storyboarding, Layout, Basic Modeling, Surfacing, Text Design, Lighting, Advance Visual Effects, Motion Tracking, Matting, Animation, Using Particles, Chromakeying and more.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cinematography is a creative and interpretive process. We teach this in our courses to that Directors of Photography learn about the technical and artistic requirement which are a key element of the authorship of a cinematic work, not solely consisting of a photographic recording of a physical event.
The responsibilities of the Cinematographer extend from the conceptualization and preparing of filming to post-production and the presentation of a finished work.
Photography itself is only one of a range or organizational, directorial, interpretive and compositional techniques made use of by Cinematographers to create a Cinematic work based on their artistic vision, imagination and technical skills in collaboration with other artists.
The Course of Cinematography is a 6-week course.

SCRIPTWRITING
Assessment context, why screenwriting and storyboard, the story structure, the story types the dramatology, basic character building, the dialogue, story boards, formats, shot types sequencing, planning a project.
Essential terms and concepts: terminology; screenplay format.
The Three Act Story Structure: Screenplay basics,: story structure and story types.
Character: dialogue Storyboard basics: format, shot types, sequencing, planning, categorizing and structuring a story, developing a treatment and pitch, sequencing a script and designing storyboard.

DURING THE SECOND PART OF THE PROGRAM THE MAIN FOCUS IS PRODUCING A FEATURE FILM
Students pre-produce, shoot, edit, and work on the marketing and distribution of a real film intended for theatrical release. The programme provides master classes and professional supervision to ensure the artistic and professional quality of the film.
Classes are aimed at addressing the specific needs of the film. Students complete programme in 21 days, knowing all the aspects of film industry, from pre-production to distribution, and, most importantly, each team leaves with a film that exhibits the talents and professions learnt during FILM IN A BOX.