Fest Film Lab Workshop with Laurence Bennett

Fest Film Lab offers an amazing opportunity for everyone wanting to develop skills in Production Design and Art Direction for Cinema, or wanting to get insight on the process. The Fest Film Lab workshop centers around an educational experience of excellence, led by Laurence Bennett.

Bennett received  professional recognition as Production Designer for "The Artist," earning him an Oscar and BAFTA nomination; he is also a regular collaborator with Paul Haggis, with whom he was Production Designer of "Crash." Attending this workshop is a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from an industry professional.

The two-day intensive workshop will take place in London on May 4 and 5 and will be a great opportunity to learn the best techniques on the subject. The workshop has a price of 349 GBP ($524 USD), per person for the two days, and is limited to 25 participants.

About Laurence Bennett

Laurence Bennett is a production designer whose work has earned him extensive professional recognition, including an Oscar and BAFTA nomination. He has won a César, as well.

Laurence Bennett’s feature production design credits include "In the Valley of Elah," "Freedom Writers," "Traitor," "The Next Three Days," and Academy Award Best Picture "Crash" (2006 ADG nomination). He also worked on Director Robert Redford’s "The Company You Keep" which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was an official selection of the Toronto and Stockholm festivals. Bennett’s television pilots and series credits include "Grey’s Anatomy," "Once and Again," "Mr. Sterling," "EZ Streets," and "Thief."

Bennett was educated at Occidental College, Los Angeles and Waseda University, Tokyo. Travel continues to be an essential part of his life—he has worked on films throughout the United States and in Canada, England, France, Morocco, and Argentina.

Workshop Description

Because every project is unique, Bennett’s production design Fest Film Lab workshop, Choices – Visualizing a Narrative, focuses on how to approach the design of a film, likely the most critical and often most-difficult decision. Finding the key, the way into the design of a film is essential and can inform and shape every choice throughout the art direction process.

The Fest Film Lab workshop will explore approaches to finding the essential ideas, emotions, concepts, and imagery that can shape the design of a film, including finding the visual arcs within the story; identifying thematic elements and emotional tones; addressing subjective vs. objective points-of-view; preparing and completing research; underscoring vs. contrasting; and developing and presenting ideas.

Working with the script for a short film, participants will begin this discovery process, putting together a very brief presentation of how the visual arc of the film will reflect, support, and enrich the narrative. Individual counseling will be available as time permits. A group review and discussion will wrap up the session.

For more information and to register please visit www.filmlab.fest.pt.

Source: Fest Film Lab

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