Shoot in motion: the academic course for video making and video production.
The program covers all basics and advanced matters of cinematography, cameras, video cameras, motion picture techniques, lighting and composition, use of the lenses and of the modern digital techniques applied to cinema and video production.
The skills provided by the course allow the student to start a career as a director of photography in the fields of cinema and video production.
The basic step introduces the basics of video and motion image in general, gives ability to understand how this language works, and how to use movie cameras.
Computer applied to video: introduces the use of softwares for editing and retouch motion image and gives the technical specs to prepare your work at the best.
Practical part of pre-production, where students conceive and develop their own ideas, prepare storyboards, castings and production schedule.
The production begins. The actual shooting of the final project will be done as a single student or in crew. All the works will be presented, installed and projected in a final exhibition that will include question time and audience critique.
We have set ourselves high goals. We want our students to perform to the highest standards.
Our course will enable our students to, work for international clients, be hired by international companies, showcase their work on their websites, in line with markets demands, as well as the demand of the ever-changing video production world.
Feel free to contact us for more information on our video production course. We are ready to help you in your career choice.
What sets us apart from others? Practical experience in the field with clients. During the course.
We believe that hands-on training is the most effective way for our students to transition into a career in video making and visual arts in general. Specifically, we want our students to practise and test what they learn in class, for example by working for some of our renowned sponsors, such as Regione Toscana, Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Artex, Fiera dell’Artigianato Firenze.
In the past years, our students have successfully worked for Dragon Film Festival, BACI, BTO, Hinamatsuri, Ludicomix, Economia3, Festival della Creatività, 99 photos for L’Aquila, Artigianato in Toscana and many others. These invaluable real work experiences have helped them in taking up successful career as professional video makers in Italy and abroad. We will keep offering these work opportunities to our future students as well, so be prepared to work extra hard!
Our students will have access to long training periods (internship) at the various production facility in photography, video, web design, graphic design and multi-medial arts of Florence.
TheDarkroom is proud of its partnerships that will allow the best students of professional academic courses access to a priceless experience. Please note that internship is not for all. Not all students will have opportunity to attend internships. Companies usually make their selections and they want only the best students out of a class.
Aims and Objectives
During our program students will learn how to take motion pictures. We will focus on lenses, computer software, video editing, digital archiving, in addition to providing basic notions of aesthetic composition, social networking and how to cast videos and podcasts online and on blog posts.
For the entire duration of the program, the students will work on shooting and editing a documentary reportage, a corporate video for a company and an event video based on our professional events available at time of course schedules.
By completing our course, the students will be able to either work as assistant video-makers or as free-lance video-makers working alongside different types of professional figures; furthermore, they will be able to work in professional studios, handle lighting equipment properly and easily shoot with any video camera.
Our training will enable our students to easily start their careers as professionals in their fields, becoming valuable assets to their employer or company.
Get Professional Certificate through our recognized institute
The “Professional Videographer Expert” can be easily employed in a wide and diverse range of fields, such as video companies, publishing industry, video and audio making. This professional figure can take videos that demand different styles and techniques, combining creativity and technical knowledge.
After completing the program and successfully passing both the modules and final exams, the student be issued a Professional Certificate in Video Production. Our Professional Certificate is recognised by the Ministry of Italian Education, in accordance with the law. (For more information, see the “Certificates” web page)
Combine this course with Italian language course
If you like, you can combine this course with Italian Language lessons at your choice. Please visit the page Combined courses and inquiry us for any help in combining the two courses.
Attention, please: this course is normally taught in Italian language. Teachers speak English too, but a quite good knowledge of Italian language is necessary to attend the course. It is recommended to attend an Italian language course before or beside the Academic course. You can add a Combined Italian language and Academic course, in order to study both subject matters and take advantage of the skills provided by our Academic courses.
Description of the course
Professional Videographer Expert
Photography, Cinematography, Videography, Video Production, Cinema and Video Editor.
Goals of the course
It’s consisting on a professional expertise that works in the fields of cinematography, video-production and video-art. The professional figure will be able to coordinate a small production and conceive and realize his/her own ideas, as well as take part of a crew as a professional technician.
Self employee; free lance or employee with cinematography studios, video production studios and agencies.
Teachers, expert professionals of their specific fields.
Prerequisites and requirements
The course starts from a beginner level, so no previous knowledge of video making is required. Students should own gears and materials as listed at the page Student Guide.
Attention, please: this course is taught in Italian language only. A quite good knowledge of Italian language is necessary to attend the course. Our teachers are all fluent in English language as well, so they can help students with English support, but it is recommended to attend an Italian language course before or beside the Academic course. You can add a Combined Italian language and Academic course, in order to study both subject matters and take advantage of the skills provided by our Academic courses.
HISTORY OF CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
Still images became movies
The chrono photography
First movie in the history
Movies as entertainment
The genres system
Genres one bye one
Europe & USA systems
Bios of great directors
The music video
The first music video
Pop vs Indie
Great AD Agencies
Ridley Scott and 1984: The Mac spot
Video in Contemporary Art
Videoart concepts and narrative
Mathew Barney and the Cremaster Cycle
Bill Viola biography
The web era
Optimize your file for YouTube
Synopsis: get the core of the story
How to write a good synopsis
Preparing a good story
Script: develop the narrative
How to develop a character
A software that can help
Get inspired by literature
Storyboard: the preview of the movie
Storyboard artist role
Comic artists and famous storyboards
Production schedule: organize the work at the best
All the guys in the crew: roles and differences
Preparing the tools list
Castings: the right person for the character
How to set up a casting
Set up and shooting: all we need and a bit more
Film vs Digital
Lenses, tripods, dollies and more
PAL and NTSC format
All the tools we need
Break time! Eating on the set
Photography: a narrative way of
Again film and digital differences
BW and Color
Great directors of photography
Get inspired by:
“Cat people” J. Tourner
“The Killing” S. Kubrick
“Trois Colour: Blue, Blache, Rouge” K. Kieslowski
“Traffic” S. Soderbergh
Luca Bigazzi: Sorrentino’s photographer
Sound: recording at the best
Over dub sessions
Dolby surround system
Direction: who directs the art
Different styles of direction
Coordinating the crew
Editing: the rhythm of the movie
Edit in film with the moviola
When and where to cut
Different types of editing
Get inspired by:
“2001: A space odissey” S. Kubrick
“Pulp fiction” Q. Tarantino
Soundtracks: emphasizing images
Original or not Original?
get inspired by
Mastering and color correction: the final touch
Telecinema from film
Mastering for DVD
Full HD and 3D movie production
Final Cut, Adobe Premiere
*specific software are not strictly required, any free license software that will be similar to the list indicate up above will work
Realization of one or more of the following works
Short Movie (max 5 minutes)
Advertising (30″ spot)
**final project can be realized as single student or as a group work