Cape Town beginner director course

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An eight-week Beginners Course for Film Directors takes place at the SABC in Sea Point on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 9pm, starting on March 7.

Hosted by the SABC’s Radio Broadcast Facilities, and presented by The Writing Studio, a leading independent training initiative in South Africa, the informal course takes aspirant filmmakers through the filmmaking process from pre-production, production and into post-production.

The course is aimed at Independent and aspiring filmmakers, writers, directors and producers, exploring the craft of filmmaking and the art of being a film director. It examines the cinematic interpretation of the material by the director, the art and technique of storyboarding and its importance in the film process, what to look for in a screenplay, the relationship between director and his actors, the director and the technical crew during production, and guidelines on practicing the art of directing.

It is a great training ground for candidate film directors who want to pursue a career in filmmaking, or writers who want to direct their own scripts.

The trainer is writer-director Dirk Fourie, an award-winning Independent Filmmaker who has been teaching workshops in filmmaking and directing for The Writing Studio the past three years, and whose short film In God’s Country was screened in competition at the 2006 Apollo Film Festival.

The Beginners Course for Film Directors takes place at the SABC in Sea Point on March 7, 14, 21, and 28 and April 4 and 11, 2007, from 6pm until 9pm.

The cost of the workshop is R900. If you are a registered student or scholar, or a pensioner, the cost of the workshop is R700. Bursaries are available on discretion for disadvantaged candidates.

For more information on the Beginners Course for Film Directors and how to sign up, visit the website www.writingstudio.co.za, email info@writingstudio.co.za or call 021 425 5355 during office hours.

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