European Training Program for Film Professionals
9 teams – a director (or writer-director), a writer (or cowriter), a producer and a D.O.P. One to two Swiss teams can participate. The preselected candidates will be interviewed in January 2017 by Wojciech Marczewski for the final selection.
Date and venue
1st session: Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March 2017
2nd session: Thursday 20 to Friday 28 April 2017
3rd session: Monday 19 to Tuesday 27 June 2017
2 days in December 2017, in Warsaw, Poland
1 December 2016; for detailed information and the application form, kindly consult focal.ch/ekran or contact FOCAL.
The selected teams will be granted scholarships, including accommodation.
EKRAN+ is a training program based on shooting practice, focusing on creativity in the film pre-production process. Group and individual work is supervised by highly professional filmmakers.
is a visual warm-up and introduction to shooting practice. It begins with the group analysis of the treatment and two scenes to be shot during the next two sessions and continues with the visual presentation of the participants’ projects, as an attempt to imagine the movies for ourselves, and find the visual way of communicating it to others. At the end of the session participants meet Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 2nd session.
Focus is put on production of scenes from the participants’ projects with 2-3 actors (Polish actors speaking English) in the context of exploration of creative tools of audiovisual film language. Participants will test the visual potential of framing and light in the exercise ‹Painting with Light›. After the group analysis of the scene, participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The further treatment/script development is continued by analysis and discussion with two independent script doctors. The preproduction of the scenes includes directing strategies, choice of the location, props and light. Each team is given time for rehearsal with actors, one day of shooting and one day of editing. The session ends with an evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes, as well as meeting Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 3rd session.
Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from its native country to produce a scene from the script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for specific imaging tools to create a desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments’ and scripts’ further development is provided through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with a summary of the project development as well as an evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes.
EKRAN+ Follow-up session (optional): Participants come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and setting up the directions for the advanced draft development.
Wojciech Marczewski, Paweł Pawlikowski, Jerzy Zieliński, Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
Ildiko Enyedi Hungary
Antoine Jaccoud Switzerland
Udayan Prasad, Marilyn Milgrom, Margaret Glover, Jan Harlan England
Denijal Hasanovic Bosnia
Agnieszka Marczewska, Wajda Studio & School