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#Learnfromhome: filmmaking, at your fingertips!

“Knowing what to do with time is the key to being productive”
― Sunday Adelaja


For most of us these days, time is a commodity of which we have an abundance. To help you make the most of your time at home, Virtual Academy offers our #LearnFromHome program that helps you explore the world of Filmmaking from the comfort of your home, absolutely free! In this article, we give you a sneak peek at certain key facets of filmmaking you can delve into with this program.


A) The Importance of Storytelling
What is it about stories that make them transcend all barriers and appeal to everyone? Simply put, they amuse us, take us away from the drudgery of everyday life, inspire us, and educate us – nobody is safe from the charms of a well-written story. Every film told well gives us that little bit of extra understanding of life and this is how cinema enriches life and by association imbues storytelling with a power few things can match. Our module on Screenwriting dives into the bewitching power and importance of storytelling in detail.


B) How to Create a Character?
Audiences are intrigued by how a character will respond in each situation and that is what hooks them. A good screenplay will create situations as the story moves along to bring out various aspects of a character that are initially not visible to the viewers. Since the plot and character are inextricably linked, the plot must be designed in a way that brings out the interesting aspects of the character. Through our Screenplay module, we’ll take you through the nitty-gritty of creating a riveting character.


C) What Does a Producer Do?
The short answer? A little bit of everything. From hiring a writer to securing rights, from negotiating key talent and funding to dealing with all that emerges during the shooting stage, the Producer has his/her fingers in practically every pot of the filmmaking process. The key skill of a Producer is communication because uniform communication between the various teams is what will see the film to a smooth completion, the onus of which largely falls on the Producer. Take a keener look at what the “Owner of the ship”, as the Producer is often called does, through our Producing module.


D) Role of a Cinematographer
Also known as the Director of Photography (DOP), a great cinematographer is a Master of Visual storytelling that leaves an indelible mark on the viewer’s mind. Heading the camera, grips and light department, the DOP is responsible for taking a film script in its pre-production stage to the final form that is shown to the viewers. All in all, the DOP requires fantastic managerial, leadership, technical, artistic and creative skills to lead a team as large as the cinematography department. Through our Cinematography module, learn about what it takes to be a Director of Photography par excellence.


E) What is an Edit?
An edit is a cut point where a shot ends, and another begins. Over the years, certain basic edits and transitions such as a cut, dissolve, wipe and fade have found permanent spots in the editing process. To put it in a nutshell, editing is akin to putting a vast puzzle together, and our Editing module will introduce you how to go about doing this!


If these elements piqued your interest, the various modules from our #LearnFromHome plan will give you the chance to explore these facets at great length – applicable till 3rd May 2020 so sign up now!

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Happy learning!