National Film and Television Institute, Accra, Ghana, 25th to 27th July 2017
A team of practice led researchers from leading film education institutions in each of the countries of Australia (Griffith Film School), Ghana (National Film and Television Institute), Colombia (University of Ibague) and the UK, led by Professor Erik Knudsen from the University of Central Lancashire, will run a series of workshops for emerging independent filmmakers in developing countries on three continents. A unique feature of this network is the lateral collaboration that it will encourage between practice led film and media researchers in developing countries. This team of four researchers will collaborate with the host institutions involved to deliver these workshops over the period of the network project, followed by a summarising symposium hosted by University of Central Lancashire in the UK.
We are very pleased to be able to offer one of these workshops through the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra, Ghana, between the 25th to the 27th July 2017.
The National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) was established in 1978 by the Government of Ghana as a public Institution of Higher Education in Film and Television Production. NAFTI has a campus spread over three studios all within walking distance in a quiet residential vicinity of Accra. Since its inception in 1978, NAFTI has fostered professional and academic excellence in film and television education.
Aims and Objectives of the Workshop
The aim of the workshops from the participant perspective is to develop participants’ creative engagement with story for the narrative moving image. Participants will be have an opportunity to build their authorial confidence and explore methods and techniques to enhance their ability to articulate their personal vision. During the 3 days of the workshop, each participant will have an opportunity to develop a piece of new work for the narrative moving image screen. This could be fact and/or fiction for a feature film or a short film. Projects will be developed to a stage where there is a solid foundation for further development outside the context of the workshop. The emphasis will be to help develop original creatively independent work. Participants will be able to take advantage of interacting with, and taking feedback from, peers as well as a international group of researchers/workshop leaders and eventually to take advantage of engaging with other creative filmmakers across three continents.
Workshops will usually involve up to 12 participants.
- Introductions and outline of workshops led by Dr Nico Meissner.
- Brief introductory presentations from research team: Professor Erik Knudsen, Dr Nico Meissner, Dr Carolina Patiño and Sarah Kuntoh.
- Round table introduction from all participants, including brief maximum 3 minute long clips or other samples of previous work supplied in advance by participants.
- Participants in groups of 3, moderated by a researcher, do 1 shot visual interviews with each other of no more than 3 minutes in length. Guidance will be given to interviewers about subject areas to be covered. These interviews are then shown to the whole class.
- Round table discussion of themes emerging from introductions and interviews focusing on common opportunities, aspirations, challenges and understanding of context and forms.
- Creativity and Story: interactive lecture/seminar led by Professor Erik Knudsen.
- Creativity and story: an in class practical exercise in which each participant develops a new idea with interactive participation of researchers and other participants.
- Each participant receives and individual development tutorial with one of the researchers – Professor Erik Knudsen, Dr Nico Meissner, Dr Carolina Patiño and Sarah Kuntoh – to further develop their individual idea.
- Each participants spends time outside tutorials developing ideas individually.
- Each participant presents their developed idea to class for discussion.
- Round table discussion discussing impact of new developed ideas.
- Introduction to working with web site and blog and discussion of future development of ideas and collaboration.
- Summarising workshop experience and learning.
Note: Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to use the secure web site facility for the project to share and communicate their creative experience and to engage in ongoing debates. These functions will be available and encouraged well beyond the actual workshops themselves, thereby facilitating an ongoing dialogue with both local peers and new international peers taking part in the project’s other workshops in different continents.
For more details about the workshop and how to participate, please contact Sarah Kuntoh.