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02/03.08.2014Cyberport Hong Kong
TECHNIQUES OF DIRECTING ACTORS CYBERPORT is our venue partner for this workshop We have the very last places to offer for this workshop, as we want a full class we are offering 50% discount on the last few places, grab your place while they last. Filmmakers often use the element of surprise to direct actors for certain scenes to get authentic emotional responses. The directors of AJAMI based their film entirely on this principal. Unlike other forays into improvisation, AJAMI had a very precise screenplay and a well-constructed plot that demanded precise emotional responses from its actors. The actors ended up acting out a story, without being aware that they were being directed according to a pre-written script. The film is a work of fiction which shows “real” people acting in situations that are orchestrated by the directors, but very “real” to the performers, resulting in the actors projecting emotions on camera that they actually experienced at the time. This was achieved over specialized workshops, in which the actors were brought to each character’s emotional and psychological state as written in the script. In these workshops, the participants didn’t learn about text, goals, mise-en-scene or acting tricks. The focus was on the psychological journey of the characters through dramatic role-playing. Eventually, each actor deeply identified with his or her character as though the character was an extension of their own personality. When the cameras started rolling, something magical happened – the actors forgot that they were in a fictional situation and their minds believed that what was happening was real. Throughout the 2 days-workshop, participants will learn and experience the technique that Scandar uses during the preparations of his actors as well as during the shoot. PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed to Directors, Actors, Film Students. ABOUT SCANDAR COPTI Copti is an Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker born and raised in Yafa. In 2009, his first full-length feature film “Ajami” won the Camera d’Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival. His film was also nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category and won more than 15 awards worldwide. Formerly a mechanical engineer, he has also written, directed and edited several fiction, documentary and experimental short films. Copti was on the jury of the Tribeca film festival as well as at the Thessaloniki film festival in 2010 and President of the Human Rights Award in the Istanbul International film festival 2011. Copti was part of the team that launched the Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the Doha Film Institute (DFI) and he headed the DFI’s education department until November 2011. Currently Copti is developing his next feature film project. 16 hours Dates: 2-3 August 2014 Location: Cyberport Hong Kong Price: 5500HKD (2750 until 28th July, or while places last) Vacancies: 25 CYBERPORT is our venue partner for this workshop REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:
05/06.09.2014TORONTO CANADA
MELISSA LEO ACTING WORKSHOP

Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world right now, Winner of an Oscar for her performance on “The Fighter” Melissa will surely be one of the great actresses of our time, and is step by step also becoming one of the most awarded actresses in activity. Melissa Leo was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both Golden Globe (best supporting actress) and Oscar awards. Other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce. Leos breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street. Melissa rose back to prominence with an impressive performance as a wife of an addict in the 2003 film 21 Grams. Her role garnered an award nomination for best supporting actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association. Many film opportunities followed, including The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) with Tommy Lee Jones, Hollywood Dreams (2006) and Black Irish (2007). Leo went on to win acclaim for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film Frozen River (2008), most notably Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations—all in the best actress category. More films followed, including Everybodys Fine (2009) with Robert DeNiro, Conviction (2010) with Hilary Swank and The Fighter (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, both in the best supporting actress category. Moving back to TV in 2011, Leo showcased her talent in the HBO series Mildred Pierce, starring alongside Kate Winslet; she earned an Emmy nomination (outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie) for her role as Lucy Gessler in the series. Leo went on to work on several projects, including “Oblivion” (2013), with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, which show us Melissa in a different genre, but always keeping it faithful to her choice for strong and captivating women, who immediately jump from the screen. Also in 2013 Melissa Leo went on working in The Butler, also featuring Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. That same year, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the sitcom Louie. Later in 2013 she premiered her most recent film the highly praised “Prisioners” starring along with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, she wll also soon premier the film “The Equalizer” alongside Denzel Washington and “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” alongside Robin Williams. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This 2 days acting Workshop with Melissa Leo is an one of a kind opportunity for those who are serious in acting as well as those with some theatre experience looking to brush up on their skills in front of the camera. In this two-day intensive course, you will learn from the experience of Melissa Leo who will introduce you to the several techniques she uses in acting for screen, while giving you an insight into what goes on behind the camera. By the end of the workshop you should have a clearer insight on: - Confidence in acting for the screen - Have an understanding of how to use voice and movement effectively - Gain a clear understanding of key methodologies - Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the film industry - Have clear career goals and the confidence to pursue them - The Do’s & Don’ts of the Audition Process - Recognize the importance of the actor/director relationship - Effectively breakdown and analyze every scene in your script Participants should also bring one scene, and one monologue to work on specific. In this small group interaction is done on a great level, real life problems of actors will be addressed by Melissa Leo, at the end of the last day you will also be able to discuss problems you faced in your own career and ask for feedback from Melissa Leo. WORKSHOP LOCATION Toronto Canada PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed for actors who are serious about their career, or prospective actors who seriously want to enter the film business Duration: 2 days Dates: 5-6 September 2014 Location: Toronto Canada Price: 999CAD, (749CAD with Early Bird discount of 25% Until 26th July) Maximum number of participants: 23 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW:

20/21.09.2014Amsterdam
FILM DIRECTING WORKSHOP WITH PETER WEBBER

PETER WEBBER is one of the most interesting British Film Directors in activity. Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Webber’s feature film debut in a most impressive way. The film has received numerous accolades including 3 Academy Award Nominations, 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 10 BAFTA Award Nominations and many others. Webber was then tapped by Dino de Laurentis to direct “Hannibal Rising”. Based on Thomas Harris’ upcoming new book of the same name, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Li Gong and Anthony Hopkins, Peter has recently releases a new Feature Film “Emperor”, Starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Mathew Fox. Peter Webber started his career with his short film, The Zebra Man, straight out of film school a film about sideshow performer Horace Ridler starring Minnie Driver. He then worked as a film editor, beginning his association with Girl with a Pearl Earring producers Andy Paterson and Anand Tucker on Tucker’s drama debut, Saint-Ex, starring Miranda Richardson and Bruno Ganz. Peter Webers experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The Film Directing workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the art of directing a film, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Peter Webber, but also interact in a very strong way, as the group will have up to 25 participants, making it extremely practical and interactive. You will also have the opportunity to assess the issues you encountered on your films, and receiving the feedback to unblock situations in the future. The topics covered on the workshop will be: THE ESSENCE OF THE CRAFT Film History is your friend. Developing a hinterland Auteur versus Industry – the realities of the business. DIY - low budget approaches The writer/director conundrum The genius myth Understanding your abilities GETTING THERE Looking at the steps before you go into production The development process Raising finance Producers and writers Hollywood versus Europe Agents/managers/lawyers The One Hour Meeting PREPPING Aesthetic overview – the look and the story Crewing up Casting and auditioning Location hunting Rehearsing/working with actors before the shoot Storyboarding How to work with: Art department Costume Camera Assistant directors Planning for Digital VFX SHOOTING The politics – picking your battles The fear Planning your day Blocking the scene Shotlists Storyboards on set Shooting strategy Blocking the scene The Master shot trap The second unit POST PRODUCTION Working with an editor Digital VFX in post Guide music Working with a composer Test screenings ADR Sound Design Grading The final sound mix Test screenings INTO THE WORLD Film Festivals The Press The Internet and Social Media WORKSHOP LOCATION Amsterdam Film School Herengracht 425, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop designed for Directors, Film Students, or anyone serious about a career in the Film Business on the area of Directing. 16 hours Duration: 2 days Dates: 20-21 September 2014 Location: Amsterdam Price: 499EUR, (375EUR with Early Bird discount of 25% Until 31st July) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions

24/25.05.2014LISBON / PORTUGAL
FILM DIRECTING WORKSHOP WITH PETER WEBBER

PETER WEBBER is one of the great British Film Directors in activity. Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, marked Webber’s feature film debut in a most impressive way. The film has received numerous accolades including 3 Academy Award Nominations, 2 Golden Globe Nominations, 10 BAFTA Award Nominations and many others. Webber was then tapped by Dino de Laurentis to direct “Hannibal Rising”. Based on Thomas Harris’ upcoming new book of the same name, and starring Gaspard Ulliel, Li Gong and Anthony Hopkins, Peter has recently releases a new Feature Film “Emperor”, Starring Tommy Lee Jones, and Mathew Fox. Peter Webber started his career with his short film, The Zebra Man, straight out of film school a film about sideshow performer Horace Ridler starring Minnie Driver. He then worked as a film editor, beginning his association with Girl with a Pearl Earring producers Andy Paterson and Anand Tucker on Tucker’s drama debut, Saint-Ex, starring Miranda Richardson and Bruno Ganz. Peter Webers experience speaks for itself and guarantees the high standards our participants have come to expect from FEST FILM LAB. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION The Film Directing workshop will focus on a diversity of topics of the art of directing a film, you will have the chance of not only receive this knowledge from Peter Webber, but also interact in a very strong way, as the group will have up to 25 participants, making it extremely practical and interactive. You will also have the opportunity to assess the issues you encountered on your films, and receiving the feedback to unblock situations in the future. The topics covered on the workshop will be: THE ESSENCE OF THE CRAFT Film History is your friend. Developing a hinterland Auteur versus Industry – the realities of the business. DIY - low budget approaches The writer/director conundrum The genius myth Understanding your abilities GETTING THERE Looking at the steps before you go into production The development process Raising finance Producers and writers Hollywood versus Europe Agents/managers/lawyers The One Hour Meeting PREPPING Aesthetic overview – the look and the story Crewing up Casting and auditioning Location hunting Rehearsing/working with actors before the shoot Storyboarding How to work with: Art department Costume Camera Assistant directors Planning for Digital VFX SHOOTING The politics – picking your battles The fear Planning your day Blocking the scene Shotlists Storyboards on set Shooting strategy Blocking the scene The Master shot trap The second unit POST PRODUCTION Working with an editor Digital VFX in post Guide music Working with a composer Test screenings ADR Sound Design Grading The final sound mix Test screenings INTO THE WORLD Film Festivals The Press The Internet and Social Media WORKSHOP LOCATION Universidade Lusofona, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop designed for Directors, Film Students, or anyone serious about a career in the Film Business on the area of Directing. 16 hours Duration: 2 days Dates: 24-25 May 2014 Location: Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal Price: 339,99 including 20% Discount (425 EUR original price) Maximum number of participants: 25 By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions

10/11.05.2014344 West 38th New York USA
ACTING WORKSHOP

Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world right now, Winner of an Oscar for her performance on “The Fighter” Melissa will surely be one of the great actresses of our time, and is step by step also becoming one of the most awarded actresses in activity. Melissa Leo was born on September 14, 1960, in New York City. Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film The Fighter, also starring Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both Golden Globe (best supporting actress) and Oscar awards. Other accolades include award nominations for the film Frozen River and the HBO series Mildred Pierce. Leos breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series Homicide: Life on the Street. Melissa rose back to prominence with an impressive performance as a wife of an addict in the 2003 film 21 Grams. Her role garnered an award nomination for best supporting actress from the L.A. Film Critics Association. Many film opportunities followed, including The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) with Tommy Lee Jones, Hollywood Dreams (2006) and Black Irish (2007). Leo went on to win acclaim for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film Frozen River (2008), most notably Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations—all in the best actress category. More films followed, including Everybodys Fine (2009) with Robert DeNiro, Conviction (2010) with Hilary Swank and The Fighter (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, both in the best supporting actress category. Moving back to TV in 2011, Leo showcased her talent in the HBO series Mildred Pierce, starring alongside Kate Winslet; she earned an Emmy nomination (outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie) for her role as Lucy Gessler in the series. Leo went on to work on several projects, including “Oblivion” (2013), with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, which show us Melissa in a different genre, but always keeping it faithful to her choice for strong and captivating women, who immediately jump from the screen. Also in 2013 Melissa Leo went on working in The Butler, also featuring Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey. That same year, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the sitcom Louie. Later in 2013 she premiered her most recent film the highly praised “Prisioners” starring along with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, she wll also soon premier the film “The Equalizer” alongside Denzel Washington and “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” alongside Robin Williams. WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This 2 days acting Workshop with Melissa Leo is an one of a kind opportunity for those who are serious in acting as well as those with some theatre experience looking to brush up on their skills in front of the camera. In this two-day intensive course, you will learn from the experience of Melissa Leo who will introduce you to the several techniques she uses in acting for screen, while giving you an insight into what goes on behind the camera. By the end of the workshop you should have a clearer insight on: - Confidence in acting for the screen - Have an understanding of how to use voice and movement effectively - Gain a clear understanding of key methodologies - Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the film industry - Have clear career goals and the confidence to pursue them - The Do’s & Don’ts of the Audition Process - Recognize the importance of the actor/director relationship - Effectively breakdown and analyze every scene in your script Participants should also bring one scene, and one monologue to work on specific. In this small group interaction is done on a great level, real life problems of actors will be addressed by Melissa Leo, at the end of the last day you will also be able to discuss problems you faced in your own career and ask for feedback from Melissa Leo. WORKSHOP LOCATION Penny Templeton Studio 344 West 38th St., Suite 204, New York PROFILE OF PARTICIPANT The workshop is designed for actors who are serious about their career, or prospective actors who seriously want to enter the film business By registering to the workshop you agree with FFL terms and Conditions REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP ON THE LINK BELOW: