What is “EKRAN+”?
EKRAN+ is a 22-day project based professional training programme, primarily designed for directors/writer-directors, and focusing on the vision of their future film. Their vision is elaborated through the combination of three major elements: the script, the audiovisual components and the collaboration with the other professionals involved in the shooting of the film.
EKRAN+ focuses participants on exploring, identifying and refining the tone and visual language of film. EKRAN+ aims to advance participants’ treatments/scripts and produce two scenes from each script/ treatment.
Every participating project is represented by a Creative Team consisting of a director (or writer/director), a writer (or co-writer), a director of photography and producer.
The EKRAN+ process includes:
- Treatment and / or script development; group and individual work on scripts and / or treatments.
- Preparation for shooting; casting, storyboard and individual consultancies with tutors.
- Shooting; tutors’ shooting expertise and help from casting directors, set designers and production managers.
- Editing; consultancies with a supervisor.
- Evaluation; group and tutor analysis of the produced scenes.
The creative team (director, screenwriter, and producer) are offered a choice of locations, actors and set design within the usual logistical and budgetary constraints. EKRAN+ supports the shooting with the help and expertise of casting directors, set designers and production managers.
Graduates summarize their EKRAN experience:
Detailed EKRAN+ programme
The EKRAN+ training program is divided into three sessions of 4-9- days each and an additional 2- days follow-up session.
Session 1: Participants: directors and scriptwriters
Is a visual warm-up and introduction to shooting practice. It begins with the group analysis of the treatment and two scenes to be shot during next two sessions, and continues with the visual presentation of participants’ projects, as attempt to imagine the movies for ourselves, and find the visual way of communicating it to others. At the end of the session participants meet Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 2nd session.
Session 2: Participants: directors, scriptwriters
Focus is put on production of scenes from participants’ projects with 2-3 actors (Polish actors speaking English) in the context of exploration of creative tools of audiovisual film language. After the group analysis of the scene, participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The further treatment/script development is continued by analysis and discussion with two independent script doctors. The pre-production of the scenes includes directing strategies, choice of the location, props and light. Each team is given time for rehearsal with actors, one day of shooting and one day of editing. The session ends with an evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes, as well as meeting Casting Director and Art Director in order to prepare the shooting of the scenes for the 3rd session
Session 3: Participants: directors, scriptwriters, DOPs, producers (optionally)
Each team has the opportunity to invite a director of photography and two actors from its native country to produce a scene from the script (in their native language). Focus is put on imagination and searching for specific imaging tools to create a desired tone and atmosphere of the film. After scenes’ group analysis participants discuss re-written scenes with their supervising shooting tutors. The treatments’ and scripts’ further development is provided through individual analysis with two independent script doctors. The session ends with summary of project development as well as evaluation, screening and discussion of the produced scenes.
EKRAN+ Follow-up session (optional, 2 days): Participants: directors, scriptwriters
Participants to come back for the final treatment or script consultancy and setting up the directions for the advanced draft development.
What Do I Take Away from EKRAN+?
At the end of the EKRAN+ programme each team will have a well developed treatment or a first draft of a script and two scenes, presenting the tone, genre and visual language of the project. Those scenes (the second scene especially, with its specifically cast actors, selected location, props and style of photography) can be treated by participants and their producers as a Demo/Pilot visual material to accompany the script as a part of the Production Package, and to be used in search for financing of the film. However they can be as well treated as a testing material or visual laboratory and not to be shown to decision makers. The final decision how to approach the EKRAN+ scheme depends on the participants.
How much does EKRAN+ cost?
Participation in EKRAN+ is FREE!
The selected directors and their teams will be granted scholarships including participation fees and accommodation. Travel costs are to be covered by participants.
The Andrzej Wajda Studio and Film School — EKRAN+ coordinator reserves the right to make changes to the programme without prior notice.