In conjunction with the Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center, the New York Film Academy brings its hands-on intensive 4-week HD Filmmaking Workshop to Doha, Qatar.
The New York Film Academy offers special hands-on intensive Four-Week Hi-Def Filmmaking workshops in all our locations in the United States and abroad. Each student directs three projects shot on DV and edited on Apple Final Cut Pro stations. For those unable to commit to daytime course, a twelve-week evening Hi-Def filmmaking workshop is offered at regular intervals in New York City, Los Angeles, and Abu Dhabi Film School.
DIRECTING FOR DIGITAL VIDEO
Students are taught the language of filmmaking and the director’s craft as applied to the digital format. Aspects of mise-en-scene, visual storytelling, continuity-style coverage, directing actors and writing visually will be emphasized.
HANDS-ON DIGITAL CAMERA AND LIGHTING
Classes help students master the digital medium including white balance, shutter speed, focus, video latitude, gels, and filters using 24p digital cameras.
Students learn to “log and capture” their digital footage into the Final Cut Pro editing system. Creating a timeline, inserting footage, special digital effects, and building a digital soundtrack are among the subjects that are covered. Editing instructors are on hand to consult with students on creative and technical aspects of their individual projects throughout the editing process.
Students learn to get high quality sound for their projects with boom microphones and accessories.
CONTINUITY STYLE DIRECTING
Students explore film grammar while using the digital camera. Students are taught to plan and shoot “coverage” of a dramatic or documentary subject. Students learn how different camera angles, camera movements, focal lengths, lighting and blocking actors combine to bring the scene together seamlessly in the editing room.
The second project introduces students to the relationship between sound and film, as well as to narrative tools like montage and jump cuts. In this project, students are encouraged to explore a more personal form of visual storytelling.
Students choose a short continuous selection of music. In the editing room, they cut their images to work in concert with, or in counterpoint to, the music. Students should experiment with rhythm and pacing.
Project three may be in documentary, fiction or experimental form and up to 7 minutes. The portability and flexibility of digital video make it an excellent format for documentary filmmaking, while the unimposing size of the camera and the ability to shoot in low light levels with small crews allow for a new intimacy working with actors in dramatic projects.
With this project, students explore the unique properties of the digital format. Students plan their projects meticulously, and then improvise and utilize the best aspects of the digital medium. The light weight of the camera makes for great ease of hand-held camera movements. Low light level shooting is possible in such a way that the camera can record very sharp images in a wide variety of environments. Students take their digital cameras into places where film cameras and film crews would not have easy access. Students interested in experimental projects and/or music videos find limitless creative possibilities in digital formats.
Students edit their final digital projects during the last week of the program, which culminates in a final screening open to actors, friends and family. Experimentation in the editing room is encouraged as students explore the advanced functionality of Final Cut Pro.
The State of Qatar is one of the most exciting countries in the Middle East, with the population predominantly young, the economy expanding, and the pace of modernization quickening every year.
Qatar is the home of Aljazeera Satellite Channel & of the Qatar Foundation's Education City, one of the most ambitious and far-reaching centers for education and research in the Middle East.
Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center
As a part of Aljazeera Media Network, Aljazeera Media Training & Development Center was launched on February 24, 2004. The idea of establishing the Center came from Al Jazeera’s belief in the importance of training to improve and develop media capabilities. The Center opened with a clear vision and mission, focused on providing quality media training and development to all employees in media related fields. International, as well as professional media figures and amateurs have benefitted immensely from the Center’s training.
Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center is currently enjoying a prominent position in the world of media. This position is consolidated by the fact that it always keeps pace with the latest developments in the media world. The Center is also equipped with cutting-edge technologies in line with the highest standards of multimedia communications. Read more…
The New York Film Academy has an open enrollment. Serious students from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. No previous experience is required. However, all New York Film Academy Workshops are extremely intensive. Students who enroll should be prepared to live and breathe their work during these workshops. Given the nature of filmmaking and the necessity of working in crews, students must be willing to devote themselves not only to their own projects, but to their classmates’ projects as well. As space is limited, we recommend early application to guarantee a place in the workshop.
All courses are taught in English.
Every workshop is full-time, with classes or shooting organized nearly every day of the week. The schedules are rigorous; however, students will have the opportunity to explore Doha.
Students shoot with High-Definition Canon 5D Mark III cameras and portable lighting packages for every shoot. All students edit digitally using digital editing software. The equipment our Film Academy students use is comparable to that of the leading degree programs in the United States.
In all our locales, our eclectic faculty for our Filmmaking and Acting for Film workshops is comprised of experienced instructors who are professional filmmakers and actors. Many of our filmmaking instructors have Master of Fine Arts degrees from the most prestigious film programs in the United States. These include New York University, Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. Our Acting for Film faculty has equally impressive credentials, and their professional experience allows students to learn from people who understand the requirements to work at the highest level.