BendFilm Festival 2021

CANCELLED CINEMA SYNTAX: A Master Class with Professor Christopher Coppola - DAY 2

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It used to be that filmmakers kept a 35mm still camera hanging from their neck to take a sudden snapshot of life and keep their cinematic eye honed. In today’s WiFi world with smartphones, we tend to communicate more visually. The more cinematically articulate we are, the better we tell our meaningful stories around the world via the internet. This class will focus on the use of the long take where the story is told with only one continuous shot – no editing, no pausing, all in camera. Given a surprise theme/topic, you’ll consider how that topic is meaningful, how it’s personal to you, and how you can tell it cinematically. Then you’ll go out and shoot a 60-second film. Once back from filming, we will talk about your films – the clarity of your interpretation of the theme, the missed opportunities, and the "what ifs." I call this, “Think It, Shoot It, Share It.” The more you practice it, the better your visual storytelling will be. Join me.

If you would like to be an active participant in the workshop, you can sign up here for free. There are only ten spots available for active participants. If you sign up and the ten spots are filled, you will be added to a waitlist. If you would rather watch the workshop and not participate, just "Unlock" this film for free and watch the magic unfold over these two days!

To participate in this two day workshop with Professor Coppola, you will:

- Think about a surprise theme/topic in Session #1.

- Develop the theme/topic into a production plan or script.

- Shoot your 60-second film after Session #1.

- Come back for Session #2 and share it with Professor Coppola and the audience. 

Christopher Coppola has been a leader in digital media and cinema syntax for over a decade. He has directed 11 feature films, television shows, and produced content for alternative distribution interactive platforms. He lectures at CES, NAB, SHOWWEST, and many film festivals. Christopher is the Director of Cinema Projects and Studies and a tenured professor at the San Francisco Art Institute. Plaster City, his production company, produces low-budget feature films on which film students can intern and learn by working on set alongside professionals. He has been a member of the Directors Guild of America for 24 years.