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 2017 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... [-]

Documentary - Year program

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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... [-]

Filmmaking - 1 Year Program

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 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 8, 2017 - May 26, 2018 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... [-]

Filmmaking - Second year program

Campus Full time September 2017 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:... [-]

Filmmaking - Semester program

Campus Full time 1 semester September 2017 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... [-]

Summer courses

Filmmaking - Summer workshops

Campus Full time May 2017 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... [-]

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