New Weekend Workshop for 2016

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR FILMMAKING

I've updated my weekend workshop for 2016, as I found that while making props and getting our hands dirty is a learning curve in itself, what students also need are solid practical solutions to actually applying for work on film sets. This year's workshop takes a closer look at how best to go about contacting film productions looking for work, and focusses on giving commercial graphic designers and graduates the skills and confidence they need to actually make a living in the professional film industry.

However! We will still also be getting in to all kinds of practical prop-making exercises so you're still not advised to wear your best cashmere :)

 

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

Telegrams, love letters, prison escape maps... it’s not just the movie poster a graphic designer makes, but also any paper props that the actors work with on set. But how do you start designing graphics that can help tell a director’s story, as well as contributing to the genre, period, and visual aesthetic of a film? 

This course combines classroom tuition and practical assignments, including:

  • When we design graphics for film, who are we designing for?
  • How a graphic designer works for the production designer, set decorator, and prop master
  • How to read and break down a film script
  • How graphics are used as storytelling devices
  • Researching graphic design and graphic methods from the past
  • How to avoid ending up on the IMDB Goofs page 
  • How to draw and make graphics by hand
  • How to put together an optimal portfolio for applying for work in an art department
  • How to contact film productions looking for work

 

HOW DO YOU TEACH THE CLASS?

I teach all the workshops myself, keeping class sizes to a minimum so that I can spend good time with each attendee. As well as script-based exercises, analyzing movie clips, and studying behind-the-scenes artwork, you’ll also be finishing some graphic props – drawing lettering, sealing and stamping, and forging passports – so please don't wear your best clothes! 

Please note that this is not a software course and we will not be using any computers whatsoever over the two days. 

 

THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You’re a graphic designer looking to translate your skills to filmmaking, or...
  • You’re a filmmaker looking to use graphic design effectively in your storytelling

The workshop makes a fun weekend, but it really is geared towards training people to working in the film industry.

 

WILL YOU REVIEW MY PORTFOLIO?

Yes – if you'd like me to look at your portfolio then I will give feedback via email. You will need to send me a lo-res PDF of your work containing no more than 12 images, plus a short outline of what you're doing now and what you'd like to do in the future. 

Please note that this offer is only available to people who have booked a place on a workshop.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The 2016 price for the two-day workshop is €600 per person. I provide all the materials you'll need – paper, pencils, calligraphy pens and ink etc – but if you have some favourite tools then feel free to bring your pencil case. 

 

WILL I GET A DIPLOMA? 

Everyone who attends the workshop goes home with a completely genuine fake diploma. The catch is you have to make it yourself.

 

WHEN IS THE NEXT WORKSHOP?

The next workshop is taking place on the 12–13th March at my studio and is currently fully booked, but if you sign up for the newsletter below I'll let you know if a space becomes available. 

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