Session 1: 1 – 11 of March 2007
For the first session only the directors and writers came.
The main task for the EKRAN participants during the first session – under the artistic supervision of Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Marczewski, Marilyn Milgrom, Witold Stok, Bob Swaim and Denijal Hasanovic – was:
- group analysis of the participants scripts
- storyboard, rehearsal with actors, shooting and editing of the scenes-exercises adapted from the classical texts chosen by Wojciech Marczewski (“Decalogue VI” by K. Kieslowski, “The Conversation” by F.F.Copolla, “Crime and Punishment” by F. Dostoyewski and “The Graduate” by M. Nichols)
- individual script consultancy with Marilyn Milgrom
- group analysis of the scenes from the participants scripts to be shot during the 2nd session
The first day, after the self presentation of the tutors and participants we had a pleasure to hear magnificent lecture of Andrzej Wajda Edward Hopper – story in pictures” as well as a Marilyn Milgrom lecture about the “Film and scene sctructure”.
The second and third day were devoted to the group analysis of the participants scripts and the fourth day to the preparation for shooting: individual meetings with tutors, visiting shooting location, rehearsals with actors, working with cameramen. From the fourth till the seventh day all the participants had the individual script consultancy with Marilyn Milgrom and meeting with storyboardist before they shoot the scene.
From the fifth till the eighth were the shooting days. On the ninth day, apart from the editing of the last 3 teams, the screening of “The Ashes and diamonds” was organized followed by the discussion with its director – Andrzej Wajda. The same day, there was a group analysis of the scenes to be shot during the next session.
The last tenth day was devoted to the screening and analysis of 12 shot scenes – adaptations from the classical texts mentioned above.
Session 2: 12 – 21 of April 2007
For the second session the directors, writers and producers came.
The main task for the EKRAN participants during the second session was:
- preparing, analyzing, shooting, editing, screening, analyzing of the participants’ scenes (under the artistic supervision of Wojciech Marczewski, Ildiko Enyedi, Witold Stok, Denijal Hasanovic)
- individual analysis of the scripts (with Marilyn Milgrom and Antoine Jaccoud)
We organized several screenings of tutors films: “Shivers” by Wojciech Marczewski, “Simon the Magician” by Ildiko Enyedi and also a special screening in the 50.th anniversary of the premiere of the Andrzej Wajda film – “Canal”.
The first and the second day of the session were devoted to the group analysis of the scenes from the participants scripts to be shot during the 2nd session. The second, the third and the fourth day were devoted to the preparation for shooting: individual meetings with tutors, visiting shooting locations, rehearsals with actors, working with cameramen, meeting the storyboardist.
Between the fourth and the eight day all the participants had the individual script consultancy with Marilyn Milgrom and Antoine Jaccoud.
From the fifth till the eighth were the shooting days. On the ninth day, apart from the editing of the last 3 teams, all the Ekran teams met the tutors and had the individual analysis of the scenes to be shot during the next session.
The last tenth day was devoted to the screening and evaluation of the 12 scenes realized during the 2nd session.
Session 3: 14 – 23 of June 2007
Participants: directors, scriptwriters and producers (12 teams, 36 persons; producers stay ca.5 days).
The main tasks for the EKRAN participants during the third session were:
- Rewriting, preparation, analysis, shooting, editing, screening and evaluation of the participants’ scenes (under artistic supervision of Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Marczewski, Ildiko Enyedi, Witold Stok, Denijal Hasanović)
- Script development: individual analysis of the scripts (meetings with Nigel Orrillard and Marilyn Milgrom)
- Editing analysis with the editing supervisor Jarosław Kamiński
Each team had the possibility to invite a director of photography and 2 actors from their native countries (costs of travel and accommodation covered by EKRAN) to produce a 3-4 minute scene from the script. This time scenes were shot in mother tongue of each director and his/her actors, contrary to the previous sessions, when they had to be directed in English. However, each scene was subtitled in English for evaluation purposes.
Preproduction of a scene included, apart from discussion on directing strategies, choice of location, props and lights. Special attention was attached to set design.
Once again, the main areas of interest were: dramaturgy of the scene, development of characters and visualization. Participants are asked to answer themselves following questions: How to achieve a true intensity of film reality on a screen? How to avoid “the sound of paper” on a screen? How to use a film language to the fullest? Each filmmaker should have tried to find answers to these questions.
The session ended with evaluation: screening and discussion of produced scenes.
At the end of EKRAN programme each team had a well developed treatment or a first draft of a script and two scenes, presenting the tone, casting and visual aspects of the project. The scene, especially the one shot at the last session, with deliberately chosen actors, shooting location, props and style of photography is to be used by a team’s producer as a test shoot and visual example/trailer accompanying the script, in search for financing the film.
The participants had to send the scenes (attached) before the session and were asked to prepare them for shooting during the third session. The locations were chosen according to the participants’ preferences expressed at the end of the second session. The actors were this time chosen by the directors and producers themsleves in their home countries and brought to Warsaw for shooting the scenes in national languages.The scenes were shot, edited and then presented to all the tutors and participants for evaluation.Simultanously, the participants had individual meetings with script consultants, devoted to the analysis of their scripts.
Schedule (detailed in the attachment):
First day the scenes chosen by the participants from their scripts have been analyzed accordingly to the shooting order.
During second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth day all the participants were preparing the storyboards for their shooting, visited their shooting locations, had rehearsals with the actors, worked with cameramen.
The sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth day were shooting and editing days (accordingly to the schedule attached).
The ninth day Ralph Schwingel from the German production company Wueste Films run a workshop entitled “FC Venus – one idea, two movies. Case study” illustrated by the screening of the “FC Venus” films produced by Finland and Germany.
The last, eleventh day was devoted to screening and analysis of 10 shot scenes, summarizing the whole programme and discussing prospects of the developed projects.
Session 4: 24 -26 of January 2008
Participants: directors and writers.
The main task of the 4th session was the further script development and script consultancy. Six months after the 3rd session, participants had a chance to consult their next drafts of the scripts.
Methodology and Schedule:
The participants had to send the scripts before the session. The session was devoted to the group analysis of the scripts (first day) and to the individual consultancy (second day) with tutors: Ildiko Enyedi, Antoine Jaccoud and Udayan Prasad.