Training Activities

ESSEMBLE revolves around a two folded approach: intensive live training sessions and production workshops that follow the production path that goes from conception to post-production and finishing, namely when stereoscopic compositing is involved. The two main achievements foreseen for the project are the competences to be acquired by students and the films they will complete. Both these achievements are closely interlinked and one depends on the other. On each central stage of the production value chain, a selected group of students is both the object of the training activity and the main responsible for the development of the production process. Our focus is on the training of both the students’ abilities to express and communicate their “views” to others and their capacity to integrate original visual aesthetical elements coming from new technological arenas into to their discourse.


2016 June

Effects and Animatics in Filmproduction: the Future of Film
Train the Trainers Workshop
June 3-5, 2016


2016 October

Module I - Visual Effects
Oct 17-21, 2016
During this module, happening on Lisbon, students will be taken through intensive 3d animation training, but also compositing and digital intermediate, specifically focusing on the integration between MOCAP and live footage. A special attention will be given throughout this module to visual compositing and the integration of stereoscopy into film, but also to capture techniques using MOCAP infrastructures. A thorough explanation will be given on the role and possibilities MOCAP can have both for film and animation production and examples will be presented on the ways we can mix live and virtual imaging to produce original concepts. Also initial pitch of ideas will be happening on this first module, allowing a first discussing on the themes to be developed into the short-film script


2016 November

Module II - Story Development
Nov 7-11, 2016
During this module in Cologne the students will be introduced to the main scripting techniques, namely those facilitated by digital techniques, and start working on their final scripts, after a final pitching. . During this module the final version of the concept will be discussed and finalised the script, al teams will be set for the shooting in a true co-production style.


2016 November

Module III - Digital Cinematography
Nov 21-25, 2016
Will take place in Brussels and encompass advance hands-on training on digital cinematography, namely the specifications of 2k and 4k shooting and image processing, besides development on the visual aesthetics of each of the films, namely on what concerns their art direction. In this module, students will also be taught on production techniques for a new digital environment. The main deliverables for this module will be the definition of the “visual look” of each one of the films and the specifications of that in technical terms, the definition of all artistic elements, namely wardrobes and costumes. During this module both trainers and teams of students will discuss on the feasibility of each one of the foreseen option in terms of the integration between live and virtual imaging, but also decide on approaches to 3d shooting. Training will be provided on the use of rigs and other associated supports for 3d shooting. A second pitching on their ideas for a short-film will start the module.


2016 December

Module IV - Previsualization : Visual Style and Storyboarding
Dec 5-9, 2016
In this module in Budapest, students will actively prepare their shooting by working on previsualization, storyboarding and visual concept. Pre-visualization is today one of the areas where film and animation clearly come together and promote visual thinking and storytelling as an essential feature of today’s cinema.


2017 Jan/Feb

Module V - Shooting – how does a shooting in cooperation between 4 HEI's works?
Jan 23 - Feb 10, 2017
Students will all come together in Lisbon and shoot their films in teams.


2017 May

Module VI - From previsualization to distribution
May 25-27
This final module will be an evaluation module of the all process, students will preview their 4 co-productions to an audience that will bring together teachers, students and professionals from the film industry.


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