– Throughout the practical process, students receive permanent advice from the teaching staff of the masters degree, specialists in the different areas of cinematographic creation.
– Module III starts from the first weeks of classes, with tutorials on project development and writing of linear documentaries and expanded documentaries. It is gradually intensified until February with a professional pitching session.
– The tutorials for the development and writing of linear documentaries are given during the first half of the course from October to February, usually on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.
– The workshops are also held during the first half of the course, with the exception of the postproduction one that takes place in March.
– The space where the practical part takes place is UAB Casa Convalescència, Institut RTVE and Estudio DELA.
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MODULE III: DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION
Linear documentary development tutorials (Virginia García del Pino)
Professor: Virginia García del Pino
Objective: To provide students with the necessary tools to learn how to develop their own projects. These tutorials are designed as a workshop in which practical exercises (writing and realization) related to the topics proposed by the students are carried out. They work individually and in groups, presenting results in class that create a space for discussion and reflection on the cinematographic form.
It is an open space in which the idea, script and audiovisual treatment are worked on in such a way that the projects grow into a possible film. Once these are completed and developed, the workshop focuses on translating them into a professional dossier and a teaser (promotional video) for the student to learn how to present their future projects to the industry.
Duration: 40 hours (10 sessions of 4 hours each).
Expanded documentary development tutorials (Jorge Caballero)
Professor: Jorge Caballero
These tutorials are spread around the following points:
- Introduction to information and to the expanded documentary. General Glossary.
- Approach to a definition, characteristics of the expanded documentary.
- Representative examples.
- Taxonomy from interactive narrative structures.
- Interactive possibilities and relationship with the interactor.
- Resource directory.
- Problems and solutions of interactive narration.
- Change in the paradigm of production, new actors and old adapted business models.
- Production possibilities. The Ibero-American case. New ways of financing.
- Distribution and exhibition possibilities. What’s there and what’s to come. Events and festivals.
- Case studies. Problems and solutions.
Duration: 32 hours (8 sessions of 4 hours each).
Writing a professional production dossier (Vanesa Fernández y Patxi Azpillaga)
Objectives: This workshop is oriented to the design and production of a documentary film. The aim is to train students to be able to know the different production processes and to reach sectors of cultural, educational, social and economic life and to manage them, that is in other words, to know the markets, the sources of financing, the production tools, the distribution methods, etc.
In this way, the students will have to prepare a complete production dossier and will acquire the necessary knowledge required in a documentary project, from the creation of the contents to the design and execution of the aesthetic, narrative and technical aspects involved. Particular importance will be attached to the presentation and communication of projects (the dossier, the preparation of pitching), because this is one of the key factors in their viability.
Duration: 16 hours (4 sessions of 4 hours each).
Pitching workshop (Miguel Ángel Martín)
Professor: Miguel Ángel Martín
Objectives: To achieve ability and dexterity in the communication of our projects. Pitching technique is becoming more and more prevalent in project selection processes. Producers, institutions, markets have replaced the old script reading cabinets with pitching sessions, where filmmakers compete to capture the attention of producers by directly exposing/selling their ideas. Therefore, in the workshop it is key to deepen the communication, the power and clarity of the proposals of the students for their presentation in a pitching organized by the master’s program in which a panel of professionals and academics is convened.
Duration: 13 hours (3 sessions of 4 hours each and 1 session of 1 hour of final evaluation after pitching).
Camera and direct sound workshop (Carlos Muñoz y Alejandra Molina)
Objectives: In documentaries it is necessary to learn good theoretical and historical concepts, but as an artistic discipline it also needs a technical team. Learning technical skills provides decisive tools and, most importantly, freedom and independence.
The aim of the camera and sound workshops programmed is to learn the handling and care of the cameras and sound equipment available in the master’s degree. Therefore, this course will alternate mornings or afternoons spread over several days of the calendar, with theoretical and practical classes focused on the use of technical equipment.
Duration: 12 hours (3 sessions of 4 hours each). The hours of the exercises outside the classroom are not included.
Postproduction workshop (video and audio editing) (Carlos Muñoz)
Professor: Carlos Muñoz
Objectives: To provide students with basic knowledge of finalcut so that they can prepare preliminary edits of their projects.
Duration: 8 hours (2 sessions of 4 hours each)
MODULE IV: SHOOTING AND POSTPRODUCTION
– Module IV starts from February-March until July and concentrates most of the filming and postproduction.
– During this stage, work is being done on the production of the documentaries, which includes specific tutorials for the students during the filming and postproduction of the image and sound.
– In this series of tutorials we work in areas such as direction, script, photography, sound, editing, production, immersion and interactivity.
– HD cameras are always available for shooting. Postproduction takes place in editing rooms with the help of a tutor and specialist technician. For the preparation of the expanded documentary projects, students are assisted in the design and programming of multimedia, immersive and interactive contents.
– The production of the documentaries made by the students is supported by Televisión Española (TVE) and Estudio DELA.
Script and filmmaking tutorials (Virginia García del Pino, Carlos Muñoz, Diana Toucedo y Maider Fernández)
Objectives: to guide the students in the making of the documentaries, solving the doubts and problems they face. They are seen as an accompaniment in the different phases of the film, from the pre-script to the final editing. Acting as a kind of mediator between students’ intentions and the reality they face.
Duration: 40 hours (variable duration per session)
Sound and camera tutorials (Alejandra Molina y Carlos Muñoz)
Objectives: during the second half of the course there will be a constant follow-up of the projects of each of the groups. Personalized classes to help students to keep a good level of sound and photography in their work. Once the project has started, they will have advice, but also during the filming, where they will be accompanied in person to provide technical and artistic support.
Duration: 24 hours per group, 12 hours of camera tutorials and 12 hours of sound (duration of the session varies depending on whether the tutorial is a review of recorded material or accompaniment during filming).
Tutorials on production and shooting organization (Alejandra del Barrio)
Professor: Alejandra del Barrio
Objectives: To teach the students how to make the shooting plan of the documentary. Learn how to organize the recording material. Establish a schedule for the delivery and return of the equipment to the master’s degree. Draw up the budget for the documentary. To know the different authorizations of image and sound, of minors, of photographs, of bibliographic material, music, etc. All these logistic and administrative skills are combined with creativity, understood as the intervention in a significant way in the artistic aspects, something inherent to the profession of producer.
Duration: 5 hours per group (variable sessions).
Tutorials on editing and final image editing (Diana Toucedo, Carlos Muñoz and Jorge Caballero) and sound (Alejandra Molina)
Objectives: First of all, to review the script and the first editing done by the students as well as to help organize and structure the material. Secondly, in the editing room, they will edit their documentary together with the students.
Duration: 44 hours. 8 hours (revisions) + 20 hours (image editing) + 4 hours (colour correction) + 12h (sound postproduction).
Tutorials on interactivity (in the case of the expanded documentary). (Jorge Caballero y Taller Estampa)
Objectives: To learn about the new technologies associated with the creation of non-fiction.
Learn some tools for the development of these contents and the immersive and interactive creation.
Analyze the change in the production, postproduction and distribution systems of these contents.
Analyze the global panorama of expanded documentary production, its technological and financial possibilities.
Develop 1 immersive and interactive project throughout the course.
Duration: 40 hours (variable duration per session).