Hi everyone !
As you may have heard, i have achieved a Documentary Filmmaking Course in Annecy last november. It was a 10 weeks course, very intensive. The purpose was to learn but also to achieve your own short documentary (approx.20min) within these 10 weeks.
Here is the trailer :
Here is the movie :
Cinédoc gives courses but also produces its own movies. There are different kinds of courses such as the “Webdocumentary course” which looks very interesting too.
We were 6 persons selected on file + interview. All of this was to confirm our motivations, know we’ll be able to follow and check that this course is suited for our career goals. Here you can check it : http://www.cinedoc.fr/formation.php
You can be sponsored if you’re selected (but only if you live in France…) or pay a fee of approx. 4000€
The 10 weeks are divided in 3 parts.
A teacher helps you figure out your subject and once it’s dissected and verbalized well enough (very cerebral phase…), you learn how to write a “statement of intent” or “note d’intention”. In this one to three pages piece, you explain why, how and what you intend to show in your documentary (different than the synopsis). This piece is part of the booklet you send to get subventions from the institutions.
Then you’re sent to make your “repérages”, look for your shooting locations, structure the basis of your future movie.
After a brief technical point, you learn how to form a frame. Not just aesthetically pleasing but which contains the director’s point of view. The question being : What do you intend to show ?
For example, we exercised on following people in the street (to get used to manually focus and iris light while moving), choose your frame on a still painting, show an action in 5 frames of one minute, show a tale in a unique take of max.5 minutes, etc.
After a few days, you’re sent to start your first real shooting called “Bobine 0”. You should come back only with rushes you mean to use in your movie. It’s a good way to learn to capture the essentials and not only record whatever shows up in front of your camera.
And then we had 2 weeks to film.
For my movies, i shot 7 halves days, meaning, 3 full days and a half with approx. between 1 to 2 hours rushes each time to finally end with a 18 minutes movie. So the ratio : 2 hours rush = 2 minutes film stands.
We were working as teams, 2 people working on each other movie as the sound ingeneer.
We were also supposed to work as teams of 2 for the editing, the director giving directions to the other one manipulating the rushes. But the lack of time forced us to work by ourself as it goes much faster to edit yourself.
So we had one week and a half each.
Finally, we screened our movies to a full cinema room composed of actors, friends, teachers. The aim was definitely to learn how to make a documentary by yourself but having a finished piece also gives you a professionnal card into the movie industry. So that each one of us is now presenting its piece to Festivals. Who knows ?