Heading for The Write Direction


An inspirational, motivational and educational weekend workshop for aspirant film directors and screenwriters, The Write Direction, will take place at Screen Africa’s offices at Sasani Studio on 27 and 28 November.

The two-day crash course takes aspirant filmmakers on a journey through the filmmaking process from pre-production, production and into post-production.

On the first day trainer Dirk Fourie will take directors through the paces of what it takes to be filmmaker in South Africa and what is needed to call the shots. At the end of the first day screenwriters will pitch concepts of their new screenplays to the directors, who will select five concepts that provoke the imagination and plant the seeds of an exciting new South African film.

On 28 November the screenwriters will team up with the directors and present them with a scene from their screenplay. The scene will be storyboarded and words will be turned into action, with the director and writer working together in visually interpreting the scene. During the afternoon the scene will be filmed.

The workshop explores the fundamentals of film production from the viewpoint of the independent filmmaker functioning as writer, producer and director. It examines the writing and conceptualising your film, budgeting, storyboarding, camera work and lighting, editing and marketing and distribution.

The workshop discusses and compares the diversity in production elements of television and film projects. The students will develop a concept in groups during the first session that they will use throughout the workshop in various exercises.

This workshop is a fun and stimulating training ground for candidate film directors, actors and screenwriters who want to pursue a career in filmmaking, and also gives aspirant filmmakers the opportunity to make a competent choice in a career decision in the film and television industries; and to develop their independent film projects.

The workshop runs from 10am until 5pm each day.

The cost of the workshop is R950, with a discounted rate of R850 for scholars, students and pensioners. Bursaries are given on discretion to disadvantaged candidates.

For more information and registration visit the website www.writingstudio.co.za, email info@writingstudio.co.za or call Daniel on 072 474 1079.


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