Prague Film School

Introduction

WHY STUDY AT PRAGUE FILM SCHOOL?

Praxis-oriented: One would be hard-pressed to find a program that provides as much practical exposure to filmmaking. More than 400 films are shot per year at Prague Film School and students in the year program participate on as many as 30 productions. The operating principle of Prague Film School is training, and we believe as with instruments or with languages, the only way to develop fluency is to practice.

High-end facilities: Prague Film School is well-stocked with the latest cutting-edge equipment used in professional film productions throughout the world. Students have immediate access to the school's fleet of cameras, including RED, Arri, Canon and Sony high definition cameras, in addition to high-end lighting, sound and grip.

Intensive: The type of student who chooses Prague Film School comes to us because he or she has essentially only one year in terms of time or financial resources to cross from where he or she is in life at the moment into the world of professional filmmaking. We then have only one year to bring these students to a level of competence where they can operate professionally. As such the program is highly squeezed.

Faculty-student relations: Core faculty are brought in from around the world. While all teachers are accomplished professional filmmakers, their primary purpose in Prague is to teach students at Prague Film School. The dynamics are then what you find at exclusive boarding schools and small colleges in the U.S., where the teachers are highly devoted to their students and accessible. Faculty also embody the school’s ideology of integrating European art-house with American independent cinemas.

Diversity of student body: In a student body of 60 students, 25-30 countries are represented. Nearly every other student is from a different part of the world, but there’s a sub-cultural glue binding them together. Students live and breathe film together.

Liberalism: Most students at our school have completed undergraduate studies and see their time at film school as a cherished chance to wed their deep interests with a vocation. As such, the administration treats all students as responsible adults and trusts students to take full responsibility for their studies. The school does not interfere with students’ artistic choices.

Prague: Prague is one of those very rare cities that manages to combine cosmopolitanism with intimacy and beauty. It’s magic is apparent to just about anyone fortunate enough to spend some time here.

Prague is a major European film center with one of the continent’s largest and oldest film studios. The city is regarded among the world's most beautiful capitals and productions come from all over the globe to capitalize on the the city's beauty and film resources. For a film student, Prague is a dream city, providing a setting for virtually any type of film, a charismatic metropolitan buzz for inspiration and affordability still unique in the developed world.

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Acting for film - Year program

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

Prague Film School offers an accredited conservatory Acting for Film program. Students rigorously train in on-camera acting, voice, movement, acting theory and the business of acting. While some 90% of actors experience theater training, 90% of work for actors is in filmed media. To be successful in this highly competitive field, knowledge of techniques specific to film is essential for today’s actor. [+]

Acting Technique This practical course explores acting techniques applicable to both theater and film. Students will start with basic ensemble acting exercises and projects, progressively integrating more complex principles. Students will practice approaches to developing a character and analyzing text. Because film is primarily a naturalistic medium, the main emphasis will be grounded in the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavksi and his disciples. Actors will train in the basics of naturalist acting technique such as pursuing an objective, breaking scenes into beats, playing actions, and overcoming obstacles. The course will include a substantial unit on Meisner Technique, which builds the foundation for listening and responding truthfully in character. Screen Acting Craft Acting is both an art and a craft. This course will focus on craft, emphasizing the technical demands of screen acting. Students will learn to calibrate their performances specifically for the camera frame, adjusting for close ups and a wide shots. Since the camera photographs thought, students will develop an active and varying inner monologue, and understand the nuances of acting, thinking and listening with the eyes. A professional script supervisor will guide students through the craft of consistently using props and gestures, essential to on-set acting. A scene study unit will underscore how to break down a scene and play it effectively for camera. The course will culminate in the final project for the program, in which each student will develop a scene that best showcases him/her for a demo reel. Scenes will be professionally shot. Film Production It is an imperative part of the training process for actors to work on an actual film set. Therefore each student will be expected to participate in minimally sixteen short films, produced by Prague Film School directors. Other legitimate film work that an actor may obtain while in Prague might also be included towards course credit. Students will be encouraged to combine this material with scene work to produce a marketable show reel. For the final grade, students will be evaluated based on documentation in process oriented journals, as well as the quality of the final performance. Movement for Stage and Screen The actor must be physically fit and flexible. Each class day will begin with a strengthening warm-up regime, preparing students for the physical and vocal aspects of the craft. Units in this class will include yoga, and dance as well as combat and stunt work, led by a professional stuntman. Voice The vocal chords are a muscle and must be exercised and strengthened. Students will work with a voice coach to expand vocal range, develop vocal control and work with developing select accents. Audition Technique Acting skills are of very little use if they can't be put to practice on a professional set. This course will teach actors how to market and promote themselves in a competitive industry. Actors will learn strategies to tackle cold reading and on-screen castings. Each student will partake in a series of mock castings with a professional casting director who will critique their work. The Business of Acting Students will learn specific marketing strategies, and confer about how to navigate their career and attract professional representation. Specifically actors will learn how to organize a professional CV, choose a winning headshot, organize a successful website, and best take advantage of the Internet for actor marketing. They will also continue to practice and improve audition techniques learned in the first semester. Acting for film students will also be expected to enroll in two electives offered in the general Prague Film School program. These include: directing actors, lighting for film, central and eastern European cinema, Czech film, dramaturgy, animation, surrealism, among others. APPLICATION DEADLINE - Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 - Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015 FEES - Tuition Fee: 14.900 Euro - Equipment Fee: 900 Euro [does not apply for acting for film program] [-]

Documentary - Year program

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The PFS Documentary Film Program creates professional documentary filmmakers both technically skilled in the crafts of camera, lighting, sound and editing, and trained in the art of truthful story telling. [+]

The documentary film production program at Prague Film School aims at developing students' story-telling abilities through both intensive practical work and theory and analysis. Narrative techniques are honed through dramaturgy, directing and documentary script development curricula, drawing upon a rich pool of international and historical documentaries crossing themes and genres. Aesthetic, technical and craft skills are inculcated through practical courses covering lighting, cinematography, editing and sound. In the first semester Documentary Production course, students complete numerous shooting assignments designed to develop fluency in film grammar, camera technique, and editing ideology and practice. Lectures, demonstrations, screenings, and analytical exercises provide the foundation for the fieldwork. Topics covered include - Documentary camera and coverage techniques - Interviewing techniques - Research - Preproduction - Documentary themes and genres - Documentary story structure and analysis - Standard production practices and organization - Documentary Ethics - Authorship/Voice in Documentary Exercises are shot both in and out of class on almost a weekly basis. Each student will also produce and direct a 7-minute documentary short film on a subject of his/her own choosing. Specialized courses in Editing and Cinematography are the other key components of the program. Students learn to edit on Avid Xpress HD, and learn shooting and lighting theory across a range of formats, including Canon 5D, Sony HD and RED. Supplementing the practical component of the course, the documentary program will draw upon a rich pool of international and historical documentaries crossing themes and genres providing the student with a varied palette of documentary styles, techniques and approaches they can apply to their own work. SECOND SEMESTER - DOCUMENTARY In Advanced Documentary Production, we focus on in-depth development and pre-production of the diploma film while also orienting students to the "real world" of professional documentary filmmaking. Students complete weekly assignments for instructor and peer review, and learn to write a compelling Proposal & Treatment. Each student produces and directs his/her diploma film -- a 15-minute documentary -- and crews on classmates’ projects. Through extensive brainstorming and pitching sessions, students also leave the course armed with a portfolio of critiqued project ideas to further develop and make a reality after completion of the program. This course is complemented by the Documentary Workshop, a practical course in which students further develop their technical skills through weekly shooting and editing exercises. Topics covered may include: - Advanced Interview Techniques - Documentary Reenactments - Using Archival Material - Mid Term Portrait - Shooting with Multiple Cameras - Green Screen Special seminars in the field of documentary film business are also offered. International guest speakers are invited to Prague to lecture on: - Legal Matters - Budgeting - Funding - Crowd Funding, Co-Production and Other - Film Festivals - Sales and Distribution The most important component of the second semester and indeed the entire year documentary course is the diploma film - which should be of broadcast quality. APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring 2015 programs: December 8, 2014 for Year and Fall Semester programs: - Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 - Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015 FEES - Tuition Fee: 14.900 Euro - Equipment Fee: 900 Euro [does not apply for acting for film program] [-]

Filmmaking - 1 Year Program

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

Prague Film School is one of Europe’s leading schools providing practical training in the core disciplines of filmmaking. The school's accelerated programs, its international faculty and world-class facilities draw students from all over the globe bent on converting a long-held passion for film into a life-time profession. [+]

September 4, 2015 - May 22, 2016 Prague Film School trains students to become film professionals. This is accomplished through implementing a praxis-heavy curriculum integrated with theory and analysis in the classroom. Each student is involved in up to 30 productions annually, many of which end up in the Industry's top film festivals. The prevailing ethos of Prague Film School is a mix of European art-house and American independent cinemas. Up to 80 students annually enroll at the school, drawn from the best schools around the globe and from a wide range of professions and backgrounds. Different from many national film academies or major private film schools abroad or in Europe, Prague Film School is characterized by its small size. This lends a particular intimacy to the educational and filmmaking experience, promoting close work relations with teachers and students and affording easy access to filmmaking facilities. Based in Prague, it is the city of Prague itself that plays a leading role in the students' experience at PFS. Professional productions come from all over the world to shoot in one of the world's most beautiful capitals. Students at Prague Film School have the city available to them all the time, as a classroom, as a home and as a film set. Films made in the course of the year program reflect a gradual progression from the basics of filmmaking to the successful completion of a well-crafted film. Each stage of the process is developed under the supervision of the faculty whose courses cover theoretical and technical topics aimed at deepening knowledge and honing technical skills. The year program is divided into two semesters. First semester, each student completes foundation courses in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Students also enroll in two elective courses while receiving additional training in sound, lighting, camera movement and grip. Practical exercises are integrated into the curriculum and each student directs 4 films while working on another 16 to 20 productions in some crew capacity. During the second semester, students specialize in one or two areas of their choice. Each specialization has its own curriculum. As part of the specializations, each student writes and directs 2 to 3 films and works on another 12 to 14 productions in various crew positions. The great emphasis of the second semester is placed on the Diploma Film, which should be of film festival quality. APPLICATION DEADLINE Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015 Fees - Tuition Fee: 14.900 Euro - Equipment Fee: 900 Euro [does not apply for acting for film program] WHY STUDY AT PRAGUE FILM SCHOOL? Praxis-Oriented: One would be hard-pressed to find a program that provides as much practical exposure to filmmaking. More than 400 films are shot per year at Prague Film School and students in the year program participate on as many as 30 productions. The operating principle of Prague Film School is training, and we believe as with instruments or with languages, the only way to develop fluency is to practice. High-end facilities: Prague Film School is well-stocked with the latest cutting-edge equipment used in professional film productions throughout the world. Students have immediate access to the school's fleet of cameras, including RED, Arri, Canon and Sony high definition cameras, in addition to high-end lighting, sound and grip. Intensive: The type of student who chooses Prague Film School comes to us because he or she has essentially only one year in terms of time or financial resources to cross from where he or she is in life at the moment into the world of professional filmmaking. We then have only one year to bring these students to a level of competence where they can operate professionally. As such the program is highly squeezed. Faculty-student relations: Core faculty are brought in from around the world. While all teachers are accomplished professional filmmakers, their primary purpose in Prague is to teach students at Prague Film School. The dynamics are then what you find at exclusive boarding schools and small colleges in the U.S., where the teachers are highly devoted to their students and accessible. Faculty also embody the school’s ideology of integrating European art-house with American independent cinemas. Diversity of student body: In a student body of 60 students, 25-30 countries are represented. Nearly every other student is from a different part of the world, but there’s a sub-cultural glue binding them together. Students live and breathe film together. Liberalism: Most students at our school have completed undergraduate studies and see their time at film school as a cherished chance to wed their deep interests with a vocation. As such, the administration treats all students as responsible adults and trusts students to take full responsibility for their studies. The school does not interfere with students’ artistic choices. Prague: Prague is one of those very rare cities that manages to combine cosmopolitanism with intimacy and beauty. It’s magic is apparent to just about anyone fortunate enough to spend some time here. Prague is a major European film center with one of the continent’s largest and oldest film studios. The city is regarded among the world's most beautiful capitals and productions come from all over the globe to capitalize on the the city's beauty and film resources. For a film student, Prague is a dream city, providing a setting for virtually any type of film, a charismatic metropolitan buzz for inspiration and affordability still unique in the developed world. [-]

Filmmaking - Second year program

Campus Full time September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The second year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial [+]

The second year program aims to refine and broaden filmmaking skills through master classes and full-time work on professional film sets. The second year program is also oriented towards training talented students for the production of more substantial projects, including the possibility of a feature-length film or a 90 minute trilogy shot in the second semester that can serve students as a calling card for the future. The first semester of the second year program is driven by master class workshops with visiting filmmakers, course work, consultations and film projects. The semester also incorporates preproduction and preparation for the films which will be shot and edited second semester. Elements of the first semester include: - Master production workshops: visiting filmmakers will lead 3-day to 2-week practical workshops covering directing the drama, working with actors, commercials and more. - Course work: covering art direction, location scouting, visualization, script analysis, working with actors, managing the production process, casting, rehearsals and more. - Seminars covering: Proper color grading, sound design using Pro Tools, work flow, CG- FX – as directors will be involved in the post production process of their films in the future and it is important to be knowledgeable about the repertoire of possibilities available. APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring 2015 programs: December 8, 2014 for Year and Fall Semester programs: Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015 Fees - Tuition Fee for PFS Year Program Graduates: 9,800 Euro - Tuition Fee, General: 12.900 - Equipment Fee: 900 Euro [-]

Filmmaking - Semester program

Campus Full time 1 semester September 2016 Czech Republic Prague

The semester program at Prague Film School is a highly-intensive, hands-on course with a steep learning curve. The objective of the program is to instruct concrete craft skills through substantial production and course work. By the program's end, students will have developed a certain fluency in both the technical aspects of filmmaking and in film language in general. [+]

- Autumn 2015: September 4 - December 19 - Spring 2015: January 9 - May 9 The semester program at Prague Film School is a highly-intensive, hands-on course with a steep learning curve. The objective of the program is to instruct concrete craft skills through substantial production and course work. By the program's end, students will have developed a certain fluency in both the technical aspects of filmmaking and in film language in general. Students enrolled in the semester program are required to follow courses in each of the core modules of screenwriting, editing, cinematography and directing. Students attend classes in sound, camera-related workshops and two elective courses from a menu of courses listed below. Within the first semester, each student directs four film productions while working on an additional 16 - 20 film sets. By the end of the course, students will be competent in: shooting with RED, Canon, Sony High Definition; operating and designing with lights ranging from dedos to 4K HMI, editing with AVID Media Composer systems, color grading, applying graphics and animation using Affer Effects, location sound recording and sound post production. Students will have also received training in screenplay structure and dramaturgy, character development, script analysis, visualization, color theory, directing the camera, directing actors and more. Core courses: - Screenwriting - Directing - Cinematography - Editing - 3 credits Elective courses: - Film analysis - Film history - Directing music videos and commercials - Central and eastern european cinema - Directing actors - Documentary film production - Documentary film theory and history - Film shot as a component of film language - Photography for cinematography - Color theory - Lighting - Computer animation - Czech language Obligatory workshops: - Sound (boom, wireless, sound post production) and equipment protocol. The semester program at Prague Film School is identical to the first semester of the year program. Indeed, students matriculating in the fall indeed study in classes with students enrolled in the year course. Fees - Autumn 2015: 8.800 Euro - Spring 2015: 8.800 Euro - Equipment Fee: 480 Euro [does not apply for acting for film program] [-]

Summer courses

Filmmaking - Summer workshops

Campus Full time May 2016 Czech Republic Prague

Covering screenwriting, directing, camera, editing and sound, the four-week summer workshops at Prague Film School are designed to lead the student from story idea to finished short film. Each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own film. [+]

Dates: - June Filmmaking Workshop: May 31– June 27 - July Filmmaking Workshop: June 28 – July 25 - August Filmmaking Workshop: July 26 - August 22 Each participant shoots his or her own film. Covering screenwriting, directing, camera, editing and sound, the four-week summer workshops at Prague Film School are designed to lead the student from story idea to finished short film. Each student has the opportunity to write, shoot, direct and edit his or her film. The first two weeks are classroom and studio-based; screenwriting, directing, camera and editing are covered. The remaining part of the program is devoted towards production and post production of student films. Each workshop culminates with a show-case student film festival held in a local cinema and open to the public. Tuition Fees: 2,660 EUR APPLICATION DEADLINE for Spring 2015 programs: December 8, 2014 for Year and Fall Semester programs: Early-Action Application Deadline: December 8, 2014 Final Application Deadline: February 23, 2015 REVIEW OF COURSES 1) Screenwriting A Confucian maxim holds that rotten wood can't be carved. It’s the same with screenplays - the best directing and the best actors cannot salvage a poor script. Screenwriting classes will teach the most important aspects of dramatic writing in the context of film. Organized around writing assignments, classroom critique and screenings, the sessions will concentrate on such elements as story concept, character, storytelling, format and more. 2) Directing While a quality screenplay provides the basis for a good film, it does not guarantee one. Directing is the art of translating a script to screen. Knowing how to work with actors, work from a storyboard, and breakdown a scene is essential to film production. Here students will receive instruction in directing short narratives, student-produced and other. Classes incorporate hands-on shooting and lecture/screening sessions. 3) Cinematography Students will be instructed in the aesthetics and techniques of the cinematographer’s craft. Principles of continuity, shot sequencing, and technical aspects related to cinematography are taught. The intensive studio classes also cover composition, lighting, camera controls and more. Students will use SONY HDV cameras cameras. 4) Editing This part of the program covers the aesthetic and technical aspects of editing. Understanding storytelling techniques and the basics of dramaturgy is necessary in furthering the creative vision of the director. Technical skills will be taught using Avid editing tools: students will learn to organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, edit audio, add effects, titles and more. 5) Sound Design Workshop The sound design workshop will teach the students to plan, record and edit sound in their films. [-]

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