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11 June 2018 - 17 June 2018

The seminar includes topics such as cinematographic language, the fundamental concepts of its history and screen writing along with a few film samples from different times and geographies. This seminar is designed for young participants who are interested in film theory and practices.

It focuses on the mile stones of visual story telling and the concepts of film grammar (cinematography, mise en scene, sound, editing, etc) as well as the history of cinema from early 1900s and onwards. It provides the participants with the possibility to experiment in screen writing for short films and writing film critique. 


Foundations of Cinematographic Language

Much of the emotional reactions, our thoughts on characters and events of the story of a film are shaped by the various cinematographic language elements. In general, the viewer learns cinematic codes of visual culture in early ages and uses this language without analyzing its grammar in the way one learns ones mother tongue and understands it without being aware of its construction. In this seminar, the participants will start to perceive cinema as a language and learn how to analyze its grammar.

World Cinema History

Content: A dizzying journey since 1895 as its milestone; from the time cinema emerged as a gigantic industrial, artistic and cultural sphere; until today. This seminar explores the cinema of different periods and geographies, focusing on the technology of the invention, the socio-cultural and economic conditions that the films are produced, cinematographic language, the artistic approaches that use film as a medium and means of production as well as the history of its audiences. The seminar aims at providing a roadmap to its participants for later use.

Script Writing Studio

This studio provides a variety of writing exercises in order to have a better understanding of film grammar and learn the fundamentals of screenwriting. For example, during the course, the beginning sequence of a short film will be shown and the participants will be asked to complete the story. Even if they change only one element in the plot, they will need to think carefully about what else will change accordingly.

Program team

Gülengül Altıntaş

Graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Communications, Department of Radio, TV and Film and continued her studies at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Content Creation for Entertainment Media program. Her short films and video projects were shown at festivals and received awards. Aside from her personal projects; she worked as a camera operator and cinematographer for short film and documentary projects. She received her MA from Istanbul Bilgi University, Film TV Masters Program and worked as an assistant researcher at the same institution.