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hands-on documentary filmmaking

During this very intensive workshop, you’ll be confronted to the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Following a short period of technical initiation, analysis of reference films, recceeing and writing, everyone moves on to action by shooting a short film on an imposed theme ; the editing (assisted by professional editors) also allows you to assess the essential relationship between filmmaker and editor.

from September 4 to October 21 2017, Ajaccio, Corsica / 7 weeks (245 hours)

Public : For those wishing to gain a first experience of documentary filmmaking with all it entails of involvement and high standards(Without technical prerequisites).
Number of trainees : 10

WORKSHOP CONTENT

First period : Practical exercises, film analysis, recceing.

The first two weeks introduce the trainee to : basic technical know-how, screening and film analysis. Using the footage produced during two practical exercises, trainees take their first steps in editing. Key documentary films are screened and analyzed. A daylong lecture about documentary writing takes place. Varan’s media room offers video on demand. During this period, each trainee chooses, defines, prepares and reccees the documentary film subject he wishes to shoot.

Second period : Shooting of workshop film. (Approximately 3 weeks)

The trainees organize their shootings over a period of one or two half days at a time. The rushes are screened collectively three times a week. The group’s progress in rush analysis and criticism helps each trainee better his mistakes and improve his filming skills.

Third period : Editing and completion of workshop film. (Approximately 2 weeks)
Each trainee, as the shooting moves forward, starts to sort through his rushes and pre-edits with an editor trainee supervised by professional editors. This collaboration allows for the setup of the final definitive structure and the film’s last editing. This essential moment brings to light the ideas having remained diffuse during the shooting.

APPLICATIONS
Admission requirements : You will first be asked to send in a written document. Then pre-selected applicants will be appointed for an interview before being definitively admitted.
Once the candidate is admitted, he or she needs to provide us with the application form from the financial organisation supporting the cost of their workshop. Ateliers Varan returns the form to the candidate, with necessary documents (financial estimate, workshop description). It’s up to each candidate to submit the form to a financial organization’s joint committee.
Costs : 8640 Euros VAT exclusive.
Workshop funding : candidates may apply for a CIF - a vocational training leave (count 4 months for application processing) and receive funding from private or public institutions. We don’t accept individual funding. There are no exhaustive lists of organizations, here are a few examples : FONGECIF, AUVICOM, UNIFORMATION, FAF.TT
This workshop is recognised by AFDAS. It’s up to each candidate to search for adequate funding possibilities, according to his or her specific situation.

- For foreign candidates :
If you are not of French nationality but a French resident, application requirements remain identical to those of French candidates. If you reside abroad, application requirements remain identical except that the interview takes place on the phone.
Costs : 7200 Euros.
Workshop funding : workshop costs are to be supported by a financial organization from your home country, whether it be public or private. Private funding is not accepted. There are no exhaustive lists of financial organizations. A few examples of funding institutions abroad : the French Embassy’s cultural services, Gulbenkian Foundation, (Portugal), Studiensenteret (Norway). It’s up to each candidate to search for adequate funding possibilities, according to his or her specific situation.


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hands-on documentary filmmaking

First session of the workshop
From February 1st to March 19 2016, in Paris, 7 weeks (245 hours)
Public : For those wishing to gain a first experience of documentary filmmaking with all it entails of involvement and high standards (without technical prerequisites).

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