A practical, international course of cinematography at an advanced level. It prepares for the independent, professional job as a cinematographer. The course is partially or entirely in English. The duration is 6 months, 6 meetings every 2 weeks and each meeting lasts for 3 days. The classes are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each meeting is 21 hours long (spread throughout 3 days), and there is a total number of 126 hours in the whole course. Additionally, there are internships in film productions, work at AMA TV, 60 hours of individual work. DOP Cinematography Masterclass at AMA FILM ACADEMY is a half-year practical course in cinematography at an advanced level carried out in the form of workshops. The course is partially or entirely in English. It is designed for graduates of Polish and International film, art, and photography schools. The course is open to candidates of at least medium level of knowledge in the art of cinematography, and with a basic level of English. The aim of the course is to improve the skills referring to the concept of cinematography, the construction and use of lights, the creative use of equipment and techniques, as well as camera operating. Every meeting is devoted to one of the important aspects of cinematography, such as: the construction and character of light in various types of movie scenes and photo objects, in natural interiors, outside, in the studio, and in reference to decorations; camera movements, the full proficiency of operating technology, VFX special effects, the color concept of the film and image post-production. The lecturers include known camera operators, light, grip, camera technique, postproduction and VFX specialists, as well as renowned lecturers of other schools – including PWSFTviT in Łódź and WRiT UŚ in Katowice, as well as those from the international market. The curriculum features first of all practical classes, carried out in a master-student system. The course participants work with photo authors whose art is characterized by a different and individual style.
The Diploma of the Post-graduate Cinematographer: To complete the course and receive the diploma, the participant has to individually complete a cinematography assignment, which shows the degree of cinematographic skills, during a diploma exam at a specified date. The classes are carried out by leading Polish cinematographers: Piotr Wojtowicz PSC: the supervisor of the Specialization, known Polish cinematographer, who received the Gold Frog award at the Camerimage 2010 festival, the vice-chairman of Stowarzyszenie Twórców Obrazu Filmu Fabularnego (PSC) in the years 2012-2015, the author of the shots for such films as: “Cheat” (1992), “Prymas”, “Trzy lata z tysiąca” (2002), “Tam i z powrotem” (2003), “Jutro idziemy do kina” (2008) and “Różyczka” (2010). Piotr Lenar BVK, PSC: cinematographer since the 90s, works mainly abroad, member of BVK – the German association of cinematographers, founder of Akademia Multi Art, Jerzy Zieliński ASC, PSC: one of the most renowned Polish cinematographers, member of ASC – the American Society of Cinematographers, the chairman of PSC Stowarzyszenie Autorów Zdjęć Filmowych, Tomasz Dobrowolski PSC: cinematographer specializing in modern film and cinema shots, as well as commercial TV productions, Jarosław Żamojda PSC: one of the most experienced film cinematographers, the director of “Młode Wilki” (1995), the author of the shots for the TV series “Magda M” (2005-2007) and “Ojciec Mateusz” (2008-), Adam Sikora PSC: the cinematographer of Polish and foreign film productions who received multiple awards AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied equipment renting branch, which includes operating, lighting, audio and grip equipment, as well as an advanced montage station and film studio.
Filmmaking Basic Course
We teach the art and craft of filmmaking through a dynamic blend of classroom instruction, hands-on film workshops, and immediate directing experience.
Students are behind the camera from the first day of class and will learn about and explore the numerous visual, dramatic, and technical challenges that face directors. In addition to writing, producing, directing, and editing their own films, students assist other members of their crews in the roles of director of photography, assistant cameraperson, and gaffer/grip, providing everyone with extensive set experience. Ultimately, through intensive hands-on instruction, our goal is to empower students to tell stories artfully, cinematically, and originally.
Education is primarily of a practical nature. The professional skills of graduates, however, are based on solid theoretical foundations. The intensity of the learning process is evidenced by the number of hours of the course: 480 hours of study during the year of study and 320 hours of elective courses.
The AMA Filmmaking gives basic skills in the field of implementation of audiovisual forms for film and television.
The lecturers at the AMA Filmmaking are professionally active film-makers: Tv producers, directors, cinematographers, scriptwriters, sound engineers, editors, specialists in special effects and post-production as well as film and television producers.
The AMA Filmmaking is part of the AMA FILM ACADEMY activity structure: it gives you the opportunity to participate in its additional programs, such as participation in productions and visits on professional film sets, works at AMA TV, additional film screenings, workshops and master classes, and author’s lectures.
Our Film Academy students learn to work with industry-standard equipment and software, comparable to what is used in the entertainment industry.
The audience at the Film Direction are behind the camera on the first day of class, undertaking numerous challenges in the field of film image, dramaturgy and technology. In addition to writing, directing, filming, editing and producing your own graduation film, participants take part in productions made by other students of AMA Film Academy as assistants to: production manager, director, cinematographer and sound engineer.
Diploma at AMA Filmmaking
The basis for passing the course and obtaining a diploma is giving the diploma film presented in front of the audience at the open exam and passing the theoretical examination. Students who receive a positive grade receive the AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA listeners have at their disposal a well-equipped rental of film, lighting, sound and grip equipment, advanced editing stations and a film studio.
Basic Film: consists in a one-year course concerning film execution, directing, and camerawork for beginning filmmakers. The major provides skills and knowledge in terms of executing audio-visual forms for the purposes of film, TV, advertising, and interactive media.
Diploma: the base for finishing the course and receiving a diploma consists in handing over a diploma film which is presented before an audience during an open exam, and passing a theory exam. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied camera, lighting, sound, and grip equipment rental office, advanced editing facilities, and a film studio.
Cienematography: constitutes a course preparing, both on the basic as well as advanced level, to become a film camera operator and lighting specialist. A graduate of the course is ready to start working in the audio-visual industry, creating simple, commercial film forms, documents, for television, or advertising. The students learn the basics of photography, technology, working with a camera, handheld-camera movements, digital image recording techniques, the history of art and film, film language, image composition issues, aesthetics, light in film, lighting techniques, working with electric equipment and film lighting, issues concerning power lines and connections, handling filming equipment, camera construction, digital and DSLR, optics, image definitions, as well as image editing and post-production. Participants of the course work with professional and modern equipment, cameras, optics, stabilizing equipment, camera movement, camera cranes, as well as UHD cameras: URSA, RED, ALEXA, Sony, Canon. They can take advantage of a large and professional lighting park which includes HMI, LED, Kino Flo, and tungsten lamps. The classes take place in a photo studio, decorations room, film and TV studio, natural locations and outdoors.
Cienematography Diploma: the base for finishing the course and receiving a diploma consists in executing a diploma film which is presented before an audience during an open exam, and passing a theory exam. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied camera, lighting, sound, and grip equipment rental office, advanced editing facilities, and a film studio.
Film and Media Organization: major constitutes a course preparing for the profession of associate producer assistant and producer assistant, efficiently operating within the reality of the modern film industry. A graduate of the course is ready to start working in the production field individually or with others. The classes at AMA prepare to work in the following professions: production assistant, location manager, location scout, media production manager and assistant, as well as a sales agent. The students learn how to manage the production of a complete audiovisual product – from the initial organizational process up to efficient film or media sales. They gain practical skills both in terms of large budget productions as well as niche, low-budget original cinematography. Lecturers in an extensive manner teach the students the specifics of a film’s five production stages (project development, pre-production, shooting, post-production, promotion and sales) with special emphasis put on the development stage. The students perfect their skills of developing and analyzing screenplays, learn festival policies, systems of financing film production, as well as distributing and selling audio-visual products. Furthermore, the course participants learn about issues related to film ethics and aesthetics, gain skills concerning handling software widely used in film production, and carry out practical classes on motion film and TV series sets. AMA is a member of the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce KIPA, where the best students can carry out their internships.
Film Production Diploma: a condition for passing the course is filing a complete production package which constitutes the result of working with the students of the Directing major in terms of their diploma films and presenting the project during a pitching which constitutes an open diploma exam participated by an audience. Graduates receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied camera, lighting, sound, and grip equipment rental office, advanced editing facilities, and a film studio.
Camera Acting: major constitutes a course designed for beginners and experienced professionals, as well as students of acting schools and actors beginning to work who want to perfect their skills. The advanced and professionally carried out course of performing before a camera is based on the Camera Acting program well known in Western Europe and the USA. The Camera Acting at AMA is taught by well known film and theater actors working with modern acting skills, specialists in terms of specific acting elements, directors, and photographers. At AMA FILM ACADEMY classes are carried out only by lecturers who are professionally active, working in terms of film, TV, and advertising.
Camera Acting Diploma: the base for passing the course and receiving a diploma consists in handing over a group executed diploma film including an own individual role and an acting demo consisting in remaining materials. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied camera, lighting, sound, and grip equipment rental office, advanced editing facilities, and a film studio.
Film Direction: constitutes a course preparing for the profession of a film director and the broadly defined author of various film forms. A graduate of the course is ready to start working in the audio-visual industry, can execute simple, commercial film forms, documents, for television, or advertising. During the course the students create short films but also participate in many practical classes and workshops. They participate in works on film sets; work with actors, photographers, scenographers, costume designers, sound engineers, composers, and producers. The lecturers at AMA are directors, photographers, actors, technologists, film theoreticians, and academics related for example with the Katowice Film School and Łódź Film School.
Direction Diploma: the base for finishing the course and receiving a diploma consists in handing over a diploma film which is presented before an audience during an open exam, and passing a theory exam. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of a well supplied camera, lighting, sound, and grip equipment rental office, advanced editing facilities, and a film studio.
Image Post-production: ( Editing, Color Grading, VFX ) major constitutes a comprehensive course concerning issues related to image post-production: film editing, color corrections, VFX digital effects, and 3D animations. The course is dedicated to both beginners as well as professionals who want to develop their skills on an advanced level. The Image Post-production major is divided into two separate specializations: Editing and Color Grading, as well as VFX and 3D Animation. The lecturers are well known Polish editors and color technicians, as well as VFX and 3D animation specialists. The first semester includes common studies for both specializations concerning elements of film language, image and sound technology, film construction, and the basics of all film image post-production fields. A condition for passing the first semester is participating in executing a short film and presenting it, as well as positively passing a theory exam. After the first semester the course participants select one of two specializations: Editing and Color Grading, or VFX and 3D Animation. Starting with the second semester special emphasis is put on teaching craftsmanship. Theory serves a supportive role, making it easier to execute practical tasks. During the second year the course participants perfect their professional skills in accordance with the program of the selected specialization. The program of the Editing and Color Grading specialization includes intense learning of image and sound editing with the use of contemporary platforms such as Avid, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro as well education in terms of image correction and color grading with the use of the DaVinci Resolve platform. The specialization classes prepare for the individual work of an image editor and to work in terms of color grading which finds application in film, TV, and advertising. Course participants learn the theory and history of film editing, the basics of painting history, as well as the theory of colors and light structure. They learn how to take practical advantage of the interfaces of software used in the profession of an editor and color grading specialist. They learn the editing principles of various storytelling styles. They gain skills in terms of editing various film forms: advertising, documentary, reportage, feature film, and experimental film. They study how to prepare subtitles and artworks. How to edit sound and what are the basics of sounding, but also how to prepare a material for sound processing. Course participants discover also the technology of digital image recording, coding and digital formats, analogue and digital recording of color as well as black&white images. They study density and color corrections, preparing masks, color extracts, transitions and dynamic corrections, as well as importing and exporting digital materials. They discover the principles of executing model copies, digital copies in various formats, as well as DCP (digital cinema projection copies). They learn the total scope of modern DI (digital intermediate), but also participate in many exercises and practical classes. The condition for passing the first year is editing one production executed at AMA by students of the Film Production course. The VFX and 3D Animation program includes learning digital special effects for film, advertising, and TV with the use of the Foundry Nuke and Adobe After Effects software, as well as learning 3D animations basing on the Autodesk Maya software in terms of computer generated moving 3D images applicable in film, TV, and advertisement. The students participate in numerous practical classes concerning creating screenplays and storyboards, previsualizations, productions in a selected 3D suite, VFX production, post-production, as well as the plan and strategy for promoting animation. They gain knowledge concerning the impact of technology on the development of VFX, as well as describing hardware parameters. They learn modeling objects, texturing, lighting, as well as compositing and rendering objects. They participate in numerous classes in terms of creating VFX effects concerning for example analyzing screenplays and organizing works in terms of effects (VFX breakdown, VFX pipeline), previsualizations and supervision works on a photo set (tracking markers, greenscreen, HDRI), digital formats and understanding color spaces (color space, LUTs), image composition techniques (camera & object tracking, rotoscopy, keying, 2D/3D compositing), creating 3D elements for shots (CGI – modeling, texturing, lighting & rendering), integrating CGI elements with photos (mattepaint, relighting), as well as graphic elements and animations in film (bur-ins, motion design, credits). The students learn the elements of film production and principles of festival policies. The requirement for passing the first year consists in achieving a positive grade on a theoretical and practical exam.
Post-production Diploma: the base for finishing the course and receiving a diploma consists in executing a practical diploma task and passing a theory exam. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. AMA students can take advantage of advanced editing facilities, VFX and color grading.
Sound Engineering and design: major constitutes a comprehensive course concerning sound engineering in film and similar audio-visual forms, especially in games and the entire field of gaming – from recording sounds on the set, through their processing and post-production, up to the final recording of the soundtrack. The course also includes advanced terms concerning music theory as well as recording and using film music. An important element consists in learning how to create a contemporary world of sound.
Sound Engineering Diploma: the base for finishing the course and receiving a diploma consists in comprehensively executing the sound for a diploma film from the Directing course. Students who achieve a positive grade receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY Diploma. Students of the course take advantage of sound engineering stations, professional software, and complete equipment for recording sounds on the set. They will also begin working in sound studios within the academy, in Kraków and Warsaw.
Screenwriting: major constitutes an intense course of writing screenplays. It prepares to work in terms of writing texts which constitute the base of audiovisual productions. The goal of AMA is to provide students with various tools which allow to work in the audio-visual industry, but also inspiring the most talented graduates to search for their own unique style as well creating original film projects which will grant them the acclaim of critics, and festival awards. AMA classes are carried out by film theoreticians, screenwriting school lecturers, and academic teachers related to for example the Katowice Film School and Łódź Film School, but also renowned and active filmmakers: directors, photographers, screenwriters, actors, and producers.
Screenwriting Diploma: the base for graduating and achieving a diploma consists in filing the first version of a feature film screenplay of any desired duration, or one ready TV series episode. Participants of the course who achieve a positive grade, receive an AMA FILM ACADEMY DIPLOMA.
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