AFF / Stepping Stone Nov-Dec 2018: Week Three

13 Dec 2018 - 14:45


On Monday 12th of November, the participants continued editing their training films. The next day, mentors met with the participants to talk about radio edit and interview selects in order to perfect their editing skills. Afterwards, Lynn Brennan discussed basic sound mixing, colour correction and titles – critical aspects to reinforce their editing capabilities.

On the 14th of November, the aspiring filmmakers screened their films and were given exciting feedback from their mentors as well as Thabo Bopape, the Stepping Stone learning coordinator. This was an essential session to move on to their next assignment. After lunch, Francois Botha gave a second lecture on group dynamics and diversity training.  

Figure 1. Thabo Bopape giving feedbacks on training films.

Clients came in to give briefs on Thursday morning. Thereafter, Thabo held a session on conceptualization of films: developing scripts and shotlists.

Marius Van Straaten, who gave a camera basics class last week, hosted the last workshop of the week. He worked through shotlists with students and demonstrated three-point lighting. The participants are now busy planning on their final films…more exciting news to come!

Figure 2. Three point lighting

The Stepping Stone video training programme was initiated as a way to provide aspiring filmmakers who are not registered for UCT Screen Production courses access to the knowledge, facilities, and equipment needed to make a start in video production.

The African Filmmaking Fellowship aimed at bringing postgraduate students from a variety of African universities together in Cape Town for a seven-week, full time residency programme that will equip them with the skills necessary to produce short documentaries and to establish their own documentary production short courses.


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