The DOK PRO Documentary Programme is made for film school & art school graduates, journalists and photographers who are already experienced in the field of filmmaking. We don’t teach the basics, but we develop projects and produce films of programme’s participants.
DOK PRO is based on dialogue: participants and tutors search together for the best solutions for the specific film project at every stage – from development to post-production. At first, participants make a three-minute short film on a given topic and later they carry out the documentation and develop their own documentary projects. Each year, three of the most advanced projects are produced by Production Departament in Wajda Studio.
Among the films developed during DOK PRO and then later on produced in by Wajda Studio are Oscar Nominee “Joanna” (dir. Aneta Kopacz) & EFA’s Nominee “Paparazzi” (dir. Piotr Bernaś), as well as many Polish films awarded at international film festivals.
The programme is conducted in Polish.
DEVELOPMENT LAB (Studio Prób) is an annual, intensive masterclass programme, which includes the analysis and development of the treatments and two dialogue scenes submitted by the participants. Participants take part in workshops conducted by prominent directors and film professionals about directing, acting, sound design, set design and film analysis. Participants leaded by producers from Wajda Studio will direct two scenes from their scripts in the enviroment of professional film set. For participant the end of the programme should conclude with the completion of at least the first draft of the script.
The programme is conducted in Polish.
SCRIPT Screenwriting Programme is made for students and graduates of film schools, fine arts academies, other universities or various film courses. SCRIPT programme is also open to people involved so far in amateur and ‘off’ filmmaking, as well as journalists, screen writers, writers and actors.
Participants work on their scripts and together with DEVELOPMENT LAB & DOK PRO students take part in workshops on drama, working on the set, working with actor, sound design, film analysis. Thanks to the practical classes with professionals participants can tryout stories they create. Each of the participants will take part in a series of individual consultations with eminent artists of Polish cinema, to prepare the final draft of the script ready to present to potential producers.
The programme is conducted in Polish.
Creative Development Programme is designed for young film producers, who are at the beginning of their career path. They gain practical knowledge about preparation and conducting a professional development for the film.
The programme provides tools and methods to use in participants’ own film projects; Participants will get buisness, marketing, negotiation skills and basic knowledge about the creative roles in a film production. Creative Development Program allows participants to explore all the main elements of the creative process with the other film professionals. We provide individual consultation and direct contact with the renowned producers.
The programme is conducted in Polish.
ONLINE CAMERA Programme is created for those who want to learn how to make films on the e-learning platform & through workshops conducted by film professionals. Participants of ONLINE CAMERA will be able to develop their ideas for films and consult them with leading Polish directors, including Wojciech Marczewski and Pawel Pawlikowski (‘Ida’).
ONLINE CAMERA Programme is an unique combination of three elements: online lectures (available for auditors and participants), individual feedback to homework submitted by the participants and two workshops for the participants at the Wajda School in Warsaw. The combination of these elements and the highest level of education provided by renowed filmmakers makes ONLINE CAMERA the best way to start a film education.
ONLINE CAMERA lectures and workshops are conducted in Polish. Experience in the field of film is not required. ONLINE CAMERA Programme is limited to fifteen full-fledged participants, but it is open for any number of auditors.
Official site: www.onlinekamera.pl
Wajda School’s Film Kindergarten is the program made for young people, high school students and first year students interested in filmmaking. Film experience is not required – we seek for sensitivity to the surrounding world & documentary intuition.
Participants take part for a year in once a month weekend sessions. During sessions they work on their film ideas and together with tutors look for best approach for the realisation. Film Kindergarten is coordinated by Edyta Wróblewska, Maciej Cuske and Marcin Sauter – graduates of Wajda School, talented Polish documentary filmmakers from the young generation.
Masters of Polish film, such as: Wojciech Marczewski, Marcel Lozinski, Jacek Bławut and other professionals from the film industry: DoP, sound engineers, editors, producers are invited to the classes. Film Kindergarten is free thanks to the support of Agora Foundation and the Polish Film Institute. Film Kindergarten is conducted in Polish.
EKRAN (the Polish word for “screen”) is a 22-day project based on professional training programme, primarily designed for directors/writer-directors, focusing on the vision of their future film. This 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 at advancing participants’ treatments/scripts and producing 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 programme is conducted in English.
More info: www.ekranplus.eu
SCRIPT PRO Screenwriting Contest is a continuation of renowned Hartley-Merrill Contest, its main purpose is to support screenwriters at the beginning of their careers. The competition is organized by the Wajda School and IFF Netia Off Camera. Canal+ is the strategic partner of the competition. Polish Film Institute is official partner of the event.
Official site: www.scriptpro.pl
CANAL + SERIES LAB is an original CANAL+ and Wajda School joint project which started in 2016. It is designed for screenwriters and creative producers who want develop high quality TV series.
Chosen projects will be produced by CANAL+. CANAL+ SERIES LAB gives participants the opportunity to consult developed projects with experts from the TV industry.
The purpose of the award is to promote experimental, artistic cinema, which radically rejects conventional narrative solutions and common methods of constructing a cinematic form. The intention is to promote formal innovation which harmonises with radical artistic imagination and intelligence. Through supporting the production of radically new artistic forms of expression in film, the Polish cinema may undergo an important aesthetic revival and make an original appearance in the global cinematography.
The Polish Film Institute and Museum of Modern Art Film Award, established with the cooperation of Wajda School, aims at supporting the production of films that constitute a continuation of the most interesting formal experiments in the Polish cinema, i.e. the achievements of Jerzy Skolimowski, Grzegorz Królikiewicz, Wojciech Wiszniewski and Stefan Themerson.
Winners: Jaśmina Wójcik (2015), Katarzyna Kozyra (2014), Agnieszka Polska (2013), Anna Molska (2012), Zbigniew Libera (2011).
The brand new Wajda School course created for all film fans aged 20+ years, who want to test their directing talents.
The Summer Wajda School will be run by renowed directing tutor Udayan Prasad and Wajda School team.
The course will be run in English.
Wajda Summer School
So you want to become a film director. Or maybe you just want to have a go at making a film – telling a story you think would make a great movie. And maybe the problem is that you have never made a film in your life or the ones you have tried to make haven’t quite been what you had wanted them to be. So what do you need to help you achieve your ambition or at least get yourself in a place where there is a far better chance of you making a film that will grab the audience’s attention?
Based on an exercise originally devised by FAMU (the Czech National Film School) director Udayan Prasad’s 3-weeks long summer workshop exposes participants to the fundamentals of filmmaking from script to screen.
Using an apparently straightforward event as its starting point – a girl drops a handkerchief and a boy picks it up – the workshop explores, through a systematic and rigorous process of examination, all the questions that need addressing to make the event both dramatic and cinematic and so fit to show an audience in a movie theatre. The best lesson to be learned from this exercise is that these questions apply to any and all scenarios.
The workshop examines the variations and possibilities which must be considered before the story can be translated first into a script, and then – via all the stages of preparation, shoot and post production – onto the screen.
The primary areas covered are:
Developing a visual language
Mise en scene
Performance/working with actors
Editing and post production
This is a highly practical programme aimed at anyone who is seriously considering a career in film directing; from those about to apply to a major film school, to anyone wishing to improve their understanding of the craft before embarking on their own short films.
Let us imagine that we have to film the following scenario:
A girl drops a handkerchief and a boy picks it up.
The very first question to ask is – what is the story?
Do the boy and girl know each other? What is the nature of their relationship? What do they want?
Why did the girl drop the handkerchief? Was it accidental? Deliberate?
When did the boy see the handkerchief? As she dropped it? Or after she had dropped it? Does he return it? Keep it? Discard it?
What does the handkerchief signify?
Did the boy and the girl expect to see each other, or did they come upon each other by chance?
Whose story do we want to tell? The girl’s? The boy’s? A third party?
The point, of course, is that:
Everything begins and ends with the story.
Participants will begin by being put into three groups of four to shoot the ‘Handkerchief’ exercise, impromptu, set in three separate location close to the School. The rushes will be reviewed then the films edited before being reviewed once more by the whole group. For the second review, an established, professional screenwriter, editor and director of photography will join us.
The rest of the week will continue with masterclasses and workshops with relevant tutors on:
Performance and working with actors.
Also in the course of the first week, each participant will write his or her own short script based on the ‘Handkerchief’ scenario with one to one consultations with the screenwriting tutor.
The scripts will be subject to rigorous constraints regarding locations, number of set-ups and camera movement. The group will recce available locations with Udayan and the cinematography tutor and prepare for their first shoots.
In week two the participants will shoot their scenes over the course of two days. Participants will direct their own scripts but will take the roles of camera operators and actors in the scenes of their fellow participants.
After a group rushes review each director will be provided with an editor and a private editing suite, taking it in turns to prepare their first cuts.
The twelve films will be reviewed once more as a group with the screenwriting, editing and cinematography tutors in attendance. Every decision made at each step of the production will be carefully scrutinised..
At appropriate moments throughout the schedule, the group will also receive a series of illustrated seminars and masterclasses by professional filmmakers:
The Axis and Point-of-View by Udayan Prasad
Choice and manipulation of space by a Production Designer.
The art and function of editing by the Editing Tutor.
Week three is where everything is brought together. Each participant will re-shoot their handkerchief scene, this time with professional actors, cinematographers and sound recordists. And this time there will be fewer constraints in how the scenes are to be shot. Participants will be expected to apply all of the lessons learnt from the first two weeks to produce a piece of work which reflects their learning at the Wajda Summer School.
As in the first two weeks, there will be more masterclasses, this time on:
Analysis of text with professional actors
The use of sound and music in film
And the course will culminate with a dedicated screening day where all twelve final films will be thoroughly reviewed, analysed and discussed. Led by Udayan, the participants will welcome back the team of professionals who have been advising throughout the course for their final thoughts and feedback.
Who can apply
All film fans aged 20+ years, who wish to.
Application deadline: 28th April 2017
Date of Summmer Wajda School: 3rd -23rd July 2017
Venue: Wajda School, Warsaw, Poland
Group: max. 12 participants
Fee: 4000 Euro paid in two instalments:
2000 Euro after selection by the end of May 2017
2000 Euro by the end of June 2017
UDAYAN PRASAD – BIOGRAPHY
UDAYAN PRASAD has been directing documentaries, television drama and feature films since graduating from the National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK. Among his numerous television credits are three single dramas written by Simon Gray for BBC Television – They Never Slept 1989, Running Late 1992(Golden Gate Award for Best Television Feature1993), Femme Fatale 1992. Two other single dramas, both written by Alan Bennett and also for BBC Television, were – 102 Boulevard Haussmann 1991(Golden gate Award for Best Television Feature1991, BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1991), Talking Heads 2: Playing Sandwiches 1998 (BAFTA Nomination for Best Single Drama 1998). More recently he directed two episodes of The Tunnel 2013 for Sky Atlantic and two episodes, including the finale, of The Musketeers 2016 for BBC TV.
His first theatrical feature was Brothers In Trouble, 1995 (Golden Alexander Award for Best First Feature at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival), This was followed by My Son The Fanatic,1997 (Directors Fortnight Cannes Film Festival, Best Feature at the Potsdam Film Festival), Gabriel & Me, 2000 (Edinburgh Film Festival) and Opa!, 2005 (Toronto International Film Festival). His latest feature The Yellow Handkerchief (Sundance Film Festival) was released in the United States in 2010.
When not actively involved in production, he is a frequent visiting lecturer on directing and screenwriting programmes at several film schools including The National Film & Television School in Beaconsfield, UK; The London Film School; The Wajda School in Warsaw and the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź́́, Poland. He is also an advisor and mentor on various international directing and screenwriting workshops.