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Ladima Film Academy: Course Applications Now Open

7 Introductory Online & On-site Courses

The Ladima Foundation, with the support of the DW Akademie, is excited to announce that applications for the Ladima Film Academy are NOW OPEN for both online and in-person (Lagos, Nigeria) introductory courses in the following disciplines:

  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Animation
  • Editing
  • Cinematography
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Scriptwriting

These online courses will roll out from February 2021, followed shortly thereafter in March by on-site courses in Lagos, Nigeria. All courses for this introductory phase will be FREE to those women who apply and are accepted, however, please note that women wanting to apply must be a registered member of the Ladima Foundation A-List www.ladima.africa/a-list .

Online courses will be open to all aspiring and emerging professional women in film living in Africa – who are members of the A-List.  Acceptance for onsite courses will be primarily focused on Nigerian women,  however any woman can apply and physical courses will be dependent on relevant Covid-19 protocols. Please note any and all travel, accommodation, transport, visa, or other costs related to attending the course are the attendee’s responsibility.

All courses have been developed by world-renowned industry experts with a particular focus on the African environment and also starting from a feminist perspective. The Ladima Foundation has partnered with a number of respected organisations and professionals to develop and teach these courses.

Applications are open HERE: https://ladima.africa/ladima-film-academy/ *

*Women will need to register for the A-List on the website in order to apply for courses.

Available Courses:

INTRODUCTION TO CINEMATOGRAPHY & VISUAL STORYTELLING

Instructor: Barry Braverman

Course Overview:

Show me a world I haven’t seen before!

In this course, students will be immersed in the art and craft of capturing visually compelling stories with their mobile phones. The aspiring cinematographer will examine how the story imperative impacts one’s creative choices in composition, lighting, focus, and point of view.

Along the way, in preparation for a final project, the emerging cinematographer will create a look book and storyboard, and because we are concerned with the total filmmaker specific to the African context, students will also explore the rudiments of proper audio recording and editing, ultimately creating a finished five-minute program for public screening at the conclusion of the course.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF FILM EDITING

Instructors: James Tayler and Kate Boswell

Course Overview

We will go back in time and study the very first film editors in order to understand the rules so that we can confidently break them. We will then get technical and look at the process of non-linear editing (NLE). You will get an overview of how a NLE edit suit works, what the most important buttons do and how to push them.

The real work of the course however will be when you roll up your sleeves and five into your own edit. You will learn by doing and do by learning. We will cover editing tips for speed and efficiency and we will introduce some of the advanced  capacities of your NLE such as colour grading and sound editing. Finally you will be guided on how to deliver your finished film to various specifications

AN INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE PRODUCING

Instructors: Cait Pansegrouw and Mehret Mandefro

Course Overview:

In this course, participants will learn about the role that the creative producer plays in filmmaking. Learners will be taken through the 5 production phases from a producer’s perspective, developing their skills in balancing the creative with the business. Producers are the engine of the film industry and while this role is seen as largely pragmatic and logistical, it also requires a holistic understanding and respect for screenwriting and filmmaking at large.

Therefore, participants will be taken through the basics of what each person’s contribution and function is in the process so that they are better equipped to lead a team and deliver a finished product. They will discover how to find material to produce, how to work with writers and directors, how to put together a finance strategy, budget and schedule, apply for funding and ultimately, launch their work into the marketplace.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Instructors: James Tayler and Kate Boswell

Course Overview

This course introduces the learner to the documentary production cycle and walks you through the process of selecting an idea, developing your idea into a proposal and how to go about making your film and getting it seen. We will study the fundamental types of documentary you can choose to make and consider the ethics and responsibilities of the documentary filmmaker.

This course is practical and we will learn by doing. You will come up with an original idea and be challenged to make it better. You will learn about the business aspect of documentary and be guided in the art of pitching your idea to potential investors. You will be guided through the foundation principles of film editing and as a culmination of the course present your polished idea and support material to your peers.

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION

Instructors: Comfort Arthur and Nick Wilson

Course Overview:

This course is intended to introduce students to basic methods and practices in animation, while also introducing them to both historical and contemporary animators work in the industry. The course will teach students the fundamental principles of animation and techniques ranging from rotoscoping, hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation, to stop motion animation. Students will learn the basic skills of 2D digital animation by developing a knowledge of Adobe Animate. Students will be given weekly assignments and quizzes to further expand their knowledge with animation techniques.

There will be an opportunity for students to work collaboratively to produce a short film and also for them to present to their class a theme of their own choosing on animation. The course will conclude with a final project in which students will develop and produce a 30-60-second animated short in a medium that they have been introduced to during the course. 

WRITING THE SHORT FILM: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING

Instructor: Selina Ukwuoma

Course Overview:

The short film is an exciting medium that enables bold storytelling. Crucially, it is also accessible. This makes it the perfect vehicle for new filmmakers to find their voices. This workshop demystifies the writing process. You will learn how to think about storytelling for the screen — how to make it strong and impactful, whether your goal is high art or piercing social commentary — and you will be actively guided through writing your first short screenplay. In this way, you will get to grips with the principles of visual storytelling and take your first steps as a filmmaker.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF DIRECTING FILM

Instructors: James Tayler and Kate Boswell

Course Overview

This course introduces the learner to essential foundation concepts for film directing, guides you through the process of developing your own ideas and points you in the right direction on the journey to make your first film.

You will get an overview of the script writing process and gain an understanding of the basic rules of scriptwriting and how to break them. You will workshop ideas around how to approach working with actors to enable their best performances and you will also gain insight into the world and language of production design, cinematography and film editing so that you can better collaborate with other creatives. The course is practically orientated and will lead up to a class presentation where you will “pitch” your film idea and share the support material you have created over the duration of the eight weeks we spend together.

For more information about the Ladima Foundation and Film Academy please visit www.ladima.africa.

About DW Akademie

DW Akademie is Deutsche Welle’s center for international media development. As a strategic partner of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DW Akademie carries out media development projects that strengthen the human right to freedom of opinion and promote free access to information. DW Akademie also works on projects funded by the German Foreign Office and the European Union – in approximately 50 developing and emerging countries. 

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WGSA Online Workshops Sponsored By NFVF

Rates: Why we want standard rates 
Date and Time: 
23 November 2020 10h00-11h30
Moderator/Facilitator: Thea Aboud
Speaker/s: Harriet Meier (WGSA) & Scharl van der Merwe (IPO)  
  Rates: Obstacles in SA around standard rates 
Date and Time: 
24 November 2020 10h00-11h30
Moderator/Facilitator: 
Thea Aboud
Speaker/s: 
Curwyn Mapaling (SAFREA Rates Analyst)
    Standard Contracts: What the WGSA has negotiated so far
Date and Time: 25 November 2020 10h00-12h00 Moderator/Facilitator: Thea Aboud
Speaker/s: 
Harriet Meier (WGSA), Lufuno Lefowa (Multichoice), Janek Wilimiec & Luke Rous (UASA)    
Contractual Advice: Opportunity for participants to pose their questions and problems to the panel
Date and Time: 
27 November 2020 10h00-11h30
Moderator/Facilitator: 
Vicki Bawcombe
Speaker/s: 
Peter Goldsmid & Richard Nosworthy (WGSA)    
International Copyright Laws
Date and Time: 
TBA
Moderator/Facilitator: 
Theoline Maphutha
Speaker/s: 
David Kavanagh (IAWG)  
  The Berne Convention: Creator Rights
Date and Time: 
TBA
Moderator/Facilitator: 
Theoline Maphutha
Speaker/s: 
WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

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Academy Debuts Virtual Program Spotlighting Filmmakers With Disabilities

WHAT:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a special virtual program titled “ACCESSABILITY/VISABILITY: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media” available now. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the program consists of three panels featuring conversations with filmmakers with disabilities examining the struggles and successes of the disabled community in Hollywood.  For more information, visit Oscars.org.

WHO:
Whoopi Goldberg (welcoming remarks), Academy governor and Oscar®-winning actor
Marlee Matlin (host), Oscar-winning actor

Authentic Representation: Why It Matters and How Far We Have Come
Danny Woodburn, actor
Maysoon Zayid, actor and comedian
Eryn Brown, talent manager

Behind the Camera: Why Inclusion Benefits Us All
Jenni Gold, filmmaker
Jim LeBrecht, filmmaker
Kaitlyn Yang, VFX supervisor

Fresh Voices: Hollywood’s Untapped Talent and Unlimited Potential
Jorge Gutierrez, animation director
Millicent Simmonds, actor
Zack Gottsagen, actor

Biographies can be found here.

WHEN/WHERE:
Available now on Oscars.org.

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Academy Spotlights Filmmakers With Disabilities With Virtual Program In Honor Of ADA 30th Anniversary

Welcome by Academy governor and Oscar®-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg and hosted by Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin

Panelists include Eryn Brown, Jenni Gold, Zack Gottsagen, Jorge Gutierrez, Jim LeBrecht, Millicent Simmonds, Danny Woodburn, Kaitlyn Yang and Maysoon Zayid

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special virtual program titled “ACCESSABILITY/VISABILITY: Breaking Down the Barriers for People with Disabilities in Media,” featuring conversations with filmmakers with disabilities examining the struggles and successes of the disabled community in Hollywood. With a welcome by Academy governor and Oscar®-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg and hosted by Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin, the three-panel event will be available on Oscars.org beginning October 26 at 5 pm.

“As the Academy continues to examine longstanding issues of representation within the film industry, it’s imperative we bring conversations about disabilities to the forefront. We thank each of our panelists for sharing the triumphs and challenges of their own experiences as disabled actors and filmmakers, and for helping us to open a dialogue that we hope becomes a catalyst for a more inclusive and equitable future,” said Academy COO and head of the Office of Representation, Inclusion and Equity Christine Simmons. “We also thank Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s Senior Vice President of Preservation and Foundation Programming, for his tireless passion in creating this phenomenal event.”

Panels in order of presentation are as follows:

Authentic Representation: Why It Matters and How Far We Have Come

Representation of people with disabilities in Hollywood, how it has evolved, and what future progress still needs to be made. With actor Danny Woodburn, actor and comedian Maysoon Zayid and talent manager Eryn Brown.

Behind the Camera: Why Inclusion Benefits Us All

The importance of inclusion in front of and behind the camera. With filmmakers Jenni Gold and Jim LeBrecht and VFX supervisor Kaitlyn Yang.

Fresh Voices: Hollywood’s Untapped Talent and Unlimited Potential

The future of representation both in front of and behind the camera. With animation director Jorge Gutierrez and actors Millicent Simmonds and Zack Gottsagen.

ASL, CART and audio descriptions will be available.

This program is made possible in part by the Ruderman Family Foundation, an international leader in disability inclusion and valued partner of the Academy. The Ruderman Family Foundation advocates for and advances authentic representation in the entertainment industry and full inclusion of people with disabilities throughout all sectors of society.

Additional support provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

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“Academy Dialogues” Focuses On Importance Of “Owning Your Brand” In Hollywood

With DeVon Franklin, Franklin Leonard, Debra Martin Chase and Phillip Sun

WHAT:
Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, “Academy Dialogues: It Starts With Us” is a new series of virtual panels, with conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, history, opportunity and the art of filmmaking.

The latest episode in the series, “Academy Dialogues: Owning Your Brand,” features a conversation with Academy governor and producer DeVon Franklin (“Breakthrough”), Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List, producer Debra Martin Chase (“Harriet”), and M88 president, managing partner and co-founder Phillip Sun discussing their professional journeys and finding success outside of the traditional Hollywood system. They address the importance of having a vision, investing in yourself, and building a business brand by taking control to tell new and authentic stories.

For more information on this Academy Dialogue and others in the series, please click here.

WHO:
DeVon Franklin, Academy governor and producer Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List Debra Martin Chase, producer
Phillip Sun, president, managing partner and co-founder of M88