From all the elements that make a good movie, often it is the photos and images that an audience remembers for longer than the performances or script. It is the director of photography, or the cinematographer who creates the unique visual language of a film or television show. He or she works with the director to realize his or her vision while at the same time imbuing a production with a visual style that is wholly that of the cinematographer.
Students are shooting film exercises with student of Directing from Directing Department as well as their own professional exercises with the help of the tutors. Preparations to the exercise is theoretical tutorial and many technical exercises leads to improving craft skills. There are also lectures by professional Cinematographers who make analysis of filmmaking, lighting, operating camera etc. Apart from their own projects they will gain experience as assistants and first assistant director on the graduation projects of their colleagues.
Graduation is also based on completion of a tutored dissertation.
The Cinematography department is led by Ivo Trajkov (The Great Water, Movie, Berlin Project, Honey Night…). Other tutors include Asen Shopov, Elishka Luhanova, Erik Rosenzweig, Georgy Bagdasarov, Jan Bernard, Marta Lamperova, Martin Dolensky, Martin Padivy, Pavel Marek, Tomash Dorushka, Tomash Petran, Tomash Samek, Tomash Hermann and Vojtech Hladky.
In the first year students improve their technical skills and gain experience in exponometry, sensitometry and lighting. They assist colleagues from higher classes. They make their own exercises and collaborate as directors of photography with the students of directing.
In second year students collaborate on exercises with first year directing students as well with the students of directing in the same years of studies.
The last year of study is completely dedicated to the final film project in collaboration with the students of directing for their graduation film.
Students come from a wide range of backgrounds: you may be an independent filmmaker, you might have a first degree or you may have experience of working in the Industry. Your application must include a short feature or documentary – or an extract of a longer work – that you have worked on recently and an audiovisual self-portrait.
1. APPLYING REQUIREMENTS
- An audiovisual self-portrait (two minutes maximum, 3 GB of size via Youtube / WeTransfer).
- Structured CV with photo
- Written analysis of one important movie. Why this movie is judged as important, analysis of form, narration, structure, dramaturgical analysis. Apart from common general analysis the applicant is called to analyse the film from the perspective of his field of professional interest (work with actors, editing, soundtrack, and photography)
- List of 10 films and 10 books, judged by the applicant as important
- Letter of motivation
- One letter of recommendation from a current or previous teacher outlining the applicant’s abilities and study motivations
- Bachelor’s diploma (certified copy) or confirmation, that the bachelor´s study will end before the beginning of FIOFA master studies
- Any own auteur’s piece of work (short movie, collection of still photographs, literary art piece, short story screenplay, poetry, painting), which will represent the applicant as creative personality. This piece of art doesn’t replace the obligation to submit the film or collection of
photographs or other item required by the department.
2. CINEMATOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS
- A storyboard (exactly 17 still photographs). Applicant demonstrates his skills to tell the short story by pictures. Each photograph represents one shot from the silent movie. The numbers on backside of the photographs indicates the order of shots. If the content of one shot changes distinctively during the shot (by the camera movement, action of actors), then will be represented by two photographs of significant moments, numbered as A,B (example: 3A, 3B). Photographs must be taken by the applicant himself.
- Set of still photographs (7 – 11). Exhibition collection with the common theme and aesthetic point of view. Collection is accompanied by the title and short explication or essay.
- A short feature or documentary (up to 10 minutes of duration, up to 10 GB of size via Youtube / WeTransfer).
Applicant is the director of photography of the movie regardless his involvement in other professions.