Elevating Stories

It is a common truism that to succeed in the industry, one must study preeminent craftsmen. Aficionados of any skill are invaluable in curating knowledge and passing it on to the next iteration of practitioners. To that end, ASFF presents exclusive opportunities to learn from top professionals in the film industry as they discuss topics like the materialisation of filmic dreamscapes, imbuing images with unique visual flair and the precision of good editing.

Next to writing a good script, setting the stage is one of the most important parts in developing a scene or sequence. Live via Skype, production designer Jacqueline Abrahams examines the role of set design in television and film, looking at how she fashions the spaces inhabited by characters. Her credits include Lady Macbeth, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, War Book, How I Live Now, Top Boy and Wallander (winner of a BAFTA TV Award for Production Design). Production Design: Imagining the Scene is at Quad South Lecture Theatre, York St John University, on Saturday 11 November, 13:00-14:00.

With the characters rooted within the stage, the filmmaker must consider how their actions are to be filtered through the camera lens. The work of the cinematographer stylises these moments, defining the visual identity of the picture. In Cinematography: Creating the Right Look (Temple Hall, York St John University; Saturday, 11 November, 13:00-14:00), Nic Morris brings his experience to bear when discussing his methods in crafting distinct images that elevate the story unfolding on screen, as well as how to beat the competition in breaking into the business. Morris has worked on TV series such as The Loch and Doctor Who in addition having won the Best Cinematography award at San Sebastian for the Buena Vista feature, Firelight.

With the footage now shot, the way it is then cut determines factors like pace, tone, focus and continuity, all of which are intrinsic elements of filmic language. In Storytellling and Function: The Role of the Editor (Temple Hall, York St John University; Saturday, 11 November, 15:30-17:00), expert Nicolas Chaudeurge offers insight into how he hones such fundamentals into their most coherent form, developing a special relationship with the director as he realises their vision. He also comments on the differences between editing short and feature films, whilst backing up his lessons with impressive credentials, having worked on Black Mirror, the Oscar-winning Still Alice, The Two Faces of January, Wuthering Heights and Fish Tank.

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1. Trailer for Still Alice. Courtesy of Vimeo and Curzon.