Directing Non-professional Actors

$225.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-sales list.

Directing Non-professional Actors

$225.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-sales list.

Directing Non-professional Actors

$225.00

4 weeks

Date TBA.

Interested in this course? Send us a message to info@iafalive.com and we will include you on the pre-sales list.

Learn the tools to work with non-professional actors and direct your own film sequence.

The course offers students tools to work with non-actors in short and feature length films, encouraging them to develop a keen and sensitive look towards the other, as a part of working as a director.

The program is divided in four weeks:

  • Search: non-conventional models of research; approaching and casting non-actors.
  • Encounter: strategies to redefine characters and the script based on the encounter with non-actors.
  • Journey: a set of specific practices while shooting with non-actors.
  • Arrival: shooting a complete film sequence with non-actors, from the writing/adaptation to the final cut.

The highlight of each week is a 1-hour class taught LIVE, where you can interact directly with the instructor and other classmates. You can also access recorded files of the classes and supporting materials at any time during the course. After each class, the students work on assignments and practical exercises, and receive feedback from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will have developed your own project.

*Image above: João Salaviza, director of The Dead and the Others, winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Director's Courtesy.

Instructor

João Salaviza

João Salaviza is a Portuguese film director, based in Lisbon. His second feature, The Dead and the Others(co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and it was awarded the Special Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard in 2018. The film was released in several countries, reaching 45.000 spectators in France. His feature debut Mountain(2015) premiered at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week. It came on the heels of the internationally award-winning short films Rafa (Golden Bear - Berlinale 2012)...

Instructor

João Salaviza

João Salaviza is a Portuguese film director, based in Lisbon. His second feature, The Dead and the Others(co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and it was awarded the Special Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard in 2018. The film was released in several countries, reaching 45.000 spectators in France. His feature debut Mountain(2015) premiered at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week. It came on the heels of the internationally award-winning short films Rafa (Golden Bear - Berlinale 2012) and Arena(Palme d’Or Short Film - Cannes Film Festival 2009). João Salaviza’s films have been screened in the most prestigious international film festivals and in venues as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture, Malba Buenos Aires, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Centre, Tabakalera, Casa de America Madrid among others. His most recent short films had world premieres at the Berlinale: High Cities of Bonein 2017 and Russa(co-directed with Ricardo Alves Jr.) in 2018. João Salaviza is now preparing his third feature, to be filmed next year in Brazil.

Instructor

João Salaviza

João Salaviza is a Portuguese film director, based in Lisbon. His second feature, The Dead and the Others(co-directed with Renée Nader Messora) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and it was awarded the Special Jury Prize - Un Certain Regard in 2018. The film was released in several countries, reaching 45.000 spectators in France. His feature debut Mountain(2015) premiered at the Venice Film Festival - Critics Week. It came on the heels of the internationally award-winning short films Rafa (Golden Bear - Berlinale 2012) and Arena(Palme d’Or Short Film - Cannes Film Festival 2009). João Salaviza’s films have been screened in the most prestigious international film festivals and in venues as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia of Architecture, Malba Buenos Aires, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Barbican Centre, Tabakalera, Casa de America Madrid among others. His most recent short films had world premieres at the Berlinale: High Cities of Bonein 2017 and Russa(co-directed with Ricardo Alves Jr.) in 2018. João Salaviza is now preparing his third feature, to be filmed next year in Brazil.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Search: research, approach, and casting of non-actors from the point of view of the director.

    • Preliminary criteria to narrow down the search for the non-actor.
    • First approaches (public spaces, social media, or casting).
    • Casting: techniques, proposals, and scene play with non-actors; sensitive listening; initial perspective.

     

  • Week 2

    Encounter: rewriting the script after casting a non-actor.

    • Bibliographic research and characteristics of the non-actor: body, voice, movement, rhythm, and perspective.
    • Biographic material and cinematographic material.
    • Processes of collaborative rewriting with a non-actor. Rehearsals and improvisation.

     

  • Week 3

    Journey: a set of specific practices and methods for shooting with non-actors.

    • Untamable bodies: improvisation techniques, acting opposite, and working with the text.
    • Hybrid sequences: interactions between professional actors and non-actors.
    • Adaptation of the mise-en-scène to the characteristics and proposals of the non-actor: long take, découpage, light.

     

  • Week 4

    Arrival: filming a complete sequence with non-actors, from the writing/adaptation to the final cut.

    The films will be collectively analyzed in class.

How our classes work

IAFA’s online courses are handled inside Blackboard, one of the most advanced LMS platforms for online education. Blackboard integrates its platform with a tool called Collaborate. Collaborate is a virtual classroom where students and instructor can interact using a camera and a microphone.

You will watch the instructor speak live, and will be able to ask questions and interact using your own video and audio feed. Within Collaborate you can also have dedicated group activities, which means that the instructor can divide the class in smaller groups to assign discussions, much like in an actual classroom.

All live classes are recorded, so students that cannot access the live class on the scheduled date and time can watch it later at their convenience.

Inside Blackboard you will find all the contents of your course. Your class script (a powerpoint used for the live class), your exclusive workbookexercisesassignments and supporting materials. All of this is organized to expand the learning experience of the live class.

IAFA believes in a practical approach to learning. So your assignments will be practical exercises that will be evaluated by the instructor. You will receive written or video feedback on your work.

The online experience mirrors that of a physical classroom, often expanding it through the use of technology.

Technology requirements

Mac

  • Computer Operating System: macOS Sierra or above
  • Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)
  • Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB
  • Download and Upload Speed:at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download

PC

  • Computer Operating System:Windows 10
  • Desktop Browser: Google Chrome (latest update)
  • Computer Speed and Processor: At least 8GB. (*if you are using a video software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, a dedicated video card may be required depending on your computer configuration.)
  • Download and Upload Speed: at least 10MB for upload, and at least 5MB for download.

This will cover much of the standard household computers, tablets and smartphones.

Additional Information

If you miss the real-time, LIVE class, you can access the recorded version of the class, as well as supporting materials, any time during the course.

Class size limited to 24 students.

Language: English.

Certificate issued by IAFA upon completion of the course.

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