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Learn About Filmmaking From The Best With ‘No Budget Film School’ This Weekend

Learn About Filmmaking From The Best With ‘No Budget Film School’ This Weekend

There’s even a chance to walk away with a free copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter!


For a taste of what this class is all about and to get you into the mood, check out this montage of film images–taken from the films covered in the class–put together by instructor Tom Povost

 

The organization No Budget Film School is holding these classes this weekend, Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th at Raleigh Studios’ Chaplin Theater. These four classes will cover several diverse subjects:

DAY ONE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2015

MASTERING FILM GRAMMAR – How to get the most out of what you shoot, on ANY budget

INTRODUCING YOUR CHARACTER – One of the most difficult and important things to accomplish with your film

DAY TWO, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2015

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION – The essence of effective storytelling

FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN – Anatomy of the entire filmmaking process, using a real world film” The Presence,” starring Mira Sorvino

Instructor Tom Provost has led a varied and illustrious career in Hollywood, including author, screenwriter, editor, director, producer, actor, and instructor. Provost has worked on numerous film and television projects over the years, and is currently a graduate professor of Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu.

The classes are very reasonably priced considering the high level of instruction and the great deal of content packed into two days. There’s even a break for students. They are priced as follows:

  • Saturday & Sunday Classes: $275
    • For Students: $200
  • One Day, Saturday OR Sunday: $150
    • For Students: $100

 

Be sure to check out more specific info on each of the classes below. You can sign up at www.eventbrite.com

 

NO BUDGET FILM SCHOOL
“CINEMA LANGUAGE”
THE ART OF STORYTELLING

FOUR GREAT COURSES ROLLED INTO ONE WEEKEND!

DAY ONE, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2015
MASTERING FILM GRAMMAR
How to get the most out of what you shoot, on ANY budget
&
INTRODUCING YOUR CHARACTER
One of the most difficult and important things to accomplish with your film
DAY TWO, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2015
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
The essence of effective storytelling
&
FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN
Anatomy of the entire filmmaking process, using a real world film” The Presence,” starring Mira Sorvino

with instructor

FILMMAKER/WRITER
TOM PROVOST
(“Under Suspicion” starring Morgan Freeman & “The Presence,” starring Mira Sorvino)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
October 24th & 25th, 2015
9am – 6pm
at
Raleigh Studios
Chaplin Theater
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

PREPARE TO MAKE A GREAT MOVIE!


“If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend attending this series of classes.  Brought to you by two excellent filmmakers and instructors, Mark Stolaroff and Tom Provost, you really can’t go wrong.”
   –Huffington Post

A departure from previous No Budget Film School courses that have concentrated solely on no-budget production,“Cinema Language” is an intensive and highly entertaining exploration of screen art form.  The kind of instruction usually found only in expensive film schools (instructor Provost is a graduate professor of Screenwriting at Pepperdine), these tenets of film language are some of the most cost-effective ways to improve the quality of a production no matter what the budget.  Whether you’re spending $100 million or $100, you’re going to be pointing your camera at something.  This class teaches you how to get the most out of what you shoot, independent of budget.

DAY ONE (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH):

PART ONE (Morning):
MASTERING FILM GRAMMAR
“Mastering Film Grammar” covers the specific strengths of the motion picture medium.  Framing, moving, editing and lighting the image, depth of field, POV, score and source music, sound effects: these are the elements of the language of cinema, and we as filmmakers make creative decisions based on these elements no matter the budget of our projects.  Instructor Tom Provost explores classical film grammar, examining how to use it properly and then how it can be twisted to great effect.  The course also covers specific examples of how to use Frame, Light, Shadow, Color, Sound, and Editing, with over 100 clips and screen shots from various movies to illustrate and illuminate.

PART TWO (Afternoon):
INTRODUCING YOUR CHARACTER
One of the most difficult things to do in any kind of story is quickly and efficiently set up a character… and in a manner that pays off further into the narrative.  “Introducing Your Character” is an in-depth, intensive look at how filmmakers effectively reveal characters to the audience, whether in a straightforward or purposely misleading fashion.  Using a variety of clips as well as John Dahl’s retro thriller Red Rock West, the class examines numerous ways you can provide incisive information to your audience, even in a single line or shot.  One of Instructor Provost’s most popular classes.

BONUS CLASS!
Guest instructor Janet Scott Bachelor, a USC professor and Hollywood screenwriter (“Pompeii,” “Batman Forever“), will give her famed lecture “HOW TO PITCH”.  Janet will take you through the pitching process, including what works when you pitch, what is expected when you walk in the room, how to present your material, and more!

DAY TWO (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th):

PART ONE (Morning):
DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
“Disclosure of Information” is the essence of storytelling.  Every single choice you make in storytelling/filmmaking reveals information to the audience.  How to do it, when and why to do it, what the effect will be on your audience–all are determined by the manner in which you disclose each and every piece of information in your script.

While the entire weekend in essence is an exploration of how to disclose information, this class looks in-depth at the myriad choices a filmmaker has–right and wrong–and how to master those choices to create the most effective experience for the audience possible.  Clips from various films such as Jaws, Blood Simple, and Carrie will be used, as well as intensive explorations of two Hitchcock classics, North by Northwest and Psycho.

PART TWO (Afternoon):
FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN
Anatomy of the entire filmmaking process, using The Presence, starring Mira Sorvino
Writer/Director Provost discusses the process of traveling from script to final edited product of his recent feature The Presence, which stars Oscar Winner Mira Sorvino, Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk and Shane West.  The film was released by Lionsgate.  This will be a candid, insightful dissection of the filmmaking process, examining a successful feature that was chosen as the opening or closing night film at a variety of festivals, winning various Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematographer awards as well. Students will read the first act of the screenplay as homework before attending the class, and then watch the complete film in the afternoon.  Following the screening, Provost will cover extensively how he and his creative team worked to bring what was on paper to life, given the typical compromises and considerations of budget, time, personnel issues, weather, and planning. Particular focus will be placed on what “went wrong” as well as what changed from the script and why. The discussion will also include the “writing” that went on in the editing room as the film took shape and became something apart from the shooting script.  Specific clips and production stills will be used to illustrate the various decisions made on the set and after.

“From Script To Screen” is an extremely frank and revealing discussion about the realities every filmmaker faces whatever the budget, offering filmmakers a rare insider’s look at just how a movie comes to fruition.  Students will have the opportunity to see the film months before it opens to the general public and have an open forum with the filmmaker regarding their thoughts on the movie.

FREE PRODUCTION SOFTWARE!!
No Budget Film School has partnered with Write Brothers to bring you an incredible offer. All attendees will receive Movie Magic Screenwriter software absolutely FREE! (a $250 Value!).

Other Questions? Please email:
mark@nobudgetfilmschool.com

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Tom Provost has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry as an author, screenwriter, editor, director, producer, actor, and instructor.  Before graduating from The University of Texas in Austin’s prestigious Plan II honors program with an emphasis in film, he wrote and directed several shorts and authored a published thesis on director Alfred Hitchcock.  He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After landing several parts in film and TV, including a recurring role on Steven Spielberg’s SeaQuest DSV, Provost took up editing, learning the Avid system just as non-linear editing was beginning to make its way on the scene.  After editing short films and a couple of features, he worked for several years cutting and producing award-winning promos for the WB and Bravo Television Networks.

During this time he was hired to adapt a script for Morgan Freeman‘s production company, Revelations, a screenplay eventually made into the film Under Suspicion starring Freeman and Gene Hackman, directed by Stephen Hopkins.  The screenplay was nominated for an Edgar Award. This lead to work as a script doctor, where his ability to shape story has been highly prized. Provost’s feature directorial debut The Presence, which he also wrote, was released by Lionsgate Films in 2011. The inventive ghost story/modern-day gothic romance stars Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite),Shane West (ER), Golden Globe Nominee Justin Kirk (Weeds), andTony Curan (Pearl Harbor, Gladiator). He has two films in the works for 2015, Mr. Clark and Exile. In addition to directing commercials and editing reality TV (The Bachelor, The Apprentice [Emmy nominated], and several others), Provost has been a popular film instructor at a variety of venues all over the country for many years. Tom is currently a graduate professor of Screenwriting at Pepperdine University in Malibu.

TESTIMONIALS FOR TOM PROVOST:

“As a film editor, I am in constant search of ways to grow my art. Tom Provost’s brilliant dissection of every aspect of story telling for the screen opened me to a new and greater understanding of my craft, and the filmmaking process as a whole. I highly recommend this weekend to filmmaking professionals and newcomers alike.”
    — Sean Albertson, A.C.E  (Warrior, Rocky Balboa, The Killing Season, Rambo)

“This was an excellent class. It is very rare that you can talk to a filmmaker so openly about every aspect of production and really delve into the film. Especially one who has so much knowledge of film as Tom does.”
    — Alden Anderson

“You gave me a whole new appreciation for visual storytelling. Your presentations will forever have an impact on my own writing and storytelling.”
    — Joe Coddington

“You have unique insight on form and character that I will incorporate into my own directing. And the class was extremely entertaining.”
    — Julie Cohen

“Your class on form and construction of image is of the utmost importance and, as a director, to say it affected my own work in a profound way would be an understatement.”
    — Bill Garrett

“Every producer should take your classes before taking on a film. These classes are beneficial not just for writers or directors but for anyone who works with or has a love for movies.”
    — Andy Henderson

“The information you presented was just incredible. It will have a profound effect on how I approach my own stories.”
    — Alice Garcia

REGISTER NOW  Go to CINEMA LANGUAGE Event Registration/Payment page: http://cinemalanguage.eventbrite.com/

Other Questions? Please email:
mark@nobudgetfilmschool.com

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