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1st year

Foundation courses
In the foundation courses, the Film Academy’s range of programmes and academic conditions are presented. This includes an introduction to the technology available, the organisation of projects, and basic communication strategies and fundamental content.
Quarters
The foundation course is divided into quarters (see separate tabs)
Filmgestaltung 1
Directing 1
Camera 1
Screenplay writing 1

Foundation courses

In the foundation courses, the Film Academy’s range of programmes and academic conditions are presented. This includes an introduction to the technology available, the organisation of projects, and basic communication strategies and fundamental content.


Quarters

The foundation course is divided into quarters (see separate tabs)


Filmgestaltung 1

Filmgestaltung 1 is part of basic studies.

“Foundation” means both “basic” and “ground”. Because we were initially viewers before we started making films, a “foundation” of our film making was to analyse our role as spectators: how do we understand a film? Does comprehensibility lead to banality? Which creative means should we use to make ourselves understood? In the first four weeks of the 8-9 week module (in the 1st year of the foundation course), we will discuss students’ work and historical examples in detail. The seminars will be supplemented by practical activities involving various film techniques and types of film music.

These reflections lead to the preparation (script, storyboard, costing, technology) and practical realisation of animated, scenic, or documentary film projects. In other words, two or three students work together for a quarter. Through this, experimental and narrative pieces are produced, all of which belong in the wide genre of artistic short films, and are often shown at renowned festivals.

Lecturer: Prof Jochen Kuhn

Filmgestaltung 1 modules (PDF)


Filmgestaltung I

Prof. Jochen Kuhn
Senior Lecturer
Tel:+49 7141 969 82230
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Prof. Jochen Kuhn
Prof. Jochen Kuhn

Filmgestaltung I

Nils Knoblich
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82231
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Nils Knoblich
Nils Knoblich
Prof. Jochen Kuhn
Prof. Jochen Kuhn
Senior Lecturer
Nils Knoblich
Nils Knoblich
Project Coordinator

Directing 1

1st year

Experienced directors teach the basics of directing. In the first year (Directing 1), the focus is on directing actors. Students should discover as accurately and intensively as possible, what “directing” means. As a basis for later independent artistic work, fundamentals such as acting work, a feeling for rhythm, and basic knowledge of using cinematic tools are taught.

At the start of the seminar, the tutor will specify a selection of scenes. The students must select a scene and interpret/edit it to write a short film script. During the seminar, the students work in close collaboration with one another, as well as with students taking Image design/camera 1, to create, realise, present, and analyse a short educational film (lasting approx. 5 minutes).

Teaching staff: Hannes Stöhr, Claudia Prietzel, Andreas Linke


Film Directing

Inka Fedorova
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82220
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Inka Fedorova
Inka Fedorova
Inka Fedorova
Inka Fedorova
Study Coordinator

Camera 1

Content of the camera module (the order may vary, depending on the tutor and quarter)

Theory

  • An introduction to the digital film camera
  • Job descriptions: Cameraperson, operator, assistant
  • Basic lighting direction; lamp technology; seeing lights, photographic styles
  • Shots, focal length, formats
  • Resolving scenes: cinematic axis, presentation of time and space, storyboard
  • Individual preparatory discussions
  • 16mm film technology; objectives, film material, exposure to light, with an introduction to sensitometry

Practice

  • Operating and handling a digital film camera
  • Practical lighting design
  • Axes and shots, panning exercises, resolution, rotating a scene

Camera / Image Design / Production Design

Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82140
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Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch

Image Design / Camera / Production Design

Christine Montigel
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82143
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Christine Montigel
Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator
Christine Montigel
Project Coordinator

Screenplay writing 1

In the first year, the theoretical basics of screenplay writing are taught. Collaboration with producers is supported by participation in general screenplay writing lessons. The acting classes which are part of the Screenplay writing 1 module offers students an insight into the work of an actor, and therefore enables the further development of their writing skills.


Script Writing, Creative Producing

Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82217
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Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator

Script Writing, Creative Producing

Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82217
E-Mail

Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator

2nd year

1st & 2nd semesters
Compulsory interdisciplinary events
Direction – scenic 2
Direction – documentaries 2
Direction – promotional films 2
Screenplay writing 2
Image design/camera – documentaries 2
Image design/camera – scenic 2
Montage/editing 2
Film design 2
Animation 2

1st & 2nd semesters



Film Directing

Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82612
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Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator

Direction – scenic 2

The screenplay development started in CP2 is continued in the Summer semester, and is complemented by discussions about camera resolution and production-related implementation. The teaching places particular emphasis on staging techniques and production management. Combined with workshops in which students specialising in image design, film sound, and editing work together, the realisation of the semester films is prepared practically. In scenic direction, short films lasting about 15 minutes are produced. They are shot of S16mm film in June, and the finished films are presented at the end of the Summer semester in late July.

Lecturer: Christian Wagner


Film Directing

Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82612
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Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator

Direction – documentaries 2

Lecturer: Michael Möller 

Students specialising in documentary film directing produce a 20-minute short film, which is filmed on S16mm film. The teaching focusses on the basics of research, concept development, and interview techniques. Students specialising in image production, film sound and editing learn about 16mm technology, and gain experience of teamwork. The development of the concepts is monitored through plenary discussions and individual conversations with the teaching staff. The shoot takes place in December, and the finished short films are presented at the end of the Winter semester, in late February.


Film Directing

Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82612
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Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator

Direction – promotional films 2

Lecturer: Michael Rösel

The teaching provides insights into all promotional film production processes, from planning to writing, to the presentation requirements for a PPM (pre-production meeting). Staging techniques are tested in a workshop, using predetermined scenes. The development of the concepts is monitored through plenary discussions and individual conversations with the teaching staff. In promotional film directing, classic adverts or branded entertainment formats are transferred to digital material. The shoot takes place in January, and the finished short films are presented at the end of the Winter semester, in late February.


Film Directing

Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82612
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Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Silke Harten-Preiss
Project Coordinator

Screenplay writing 2

In the second year, different film structures (e.g. the hero’s journey, episode structures, plot-oriented or character-oriented narratives) are examined. The psychology of a range of characters is also analysed. Using examples from films, recurring myths are investigated, and archaic basic storylines are identified. Scene development is a focal point. The aim of the module is to create a scenario for a feature-length film.


Script Writing, Creative Producing

Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82217
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Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Igor Dovgal
Study Coordinator

Image design/camera – documentaries 2

Theory

  • The history of the documentary film
  • Interdisciplinary teaching about documentary design tools, camera work, editing, and directing
  • Basics of 16mm camera technology
  • Copying technology, film laboratory visit, sensitometry
  • Block seminar on image design and film dramaturgy

Practice

  • Operating and handling a 16mm film camera
  • Shooting, documentary workshop, and documentary semester assignments

Camera / Image Design / Production Design

Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82140
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Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch

Image Design / Camera / Production Design

Christine Montigel
Project Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82143
E-Mail

Christine Montigel
Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator
Christine Montigel
Project Coordinator

Image design/camera – scenic 2

Theory

  • Camera and acting techniques
  • The actor in the room
  • Portrait and lighting
  • Examples of film analyses and work reports
  • Seminars on camera resolution and colour in film

Practice

  • The mysteries of 16mm technology
  • Filming and lighting exercises using original motifs
  • Interdisciplinary acting workshop
  • Practical shooting, directing/film making experience

Camera / Image Design / Production Design

Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82140
E-Mail

Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch
Roland Mönch
Study Corrdinator

Montage/editing 2

Editing is taught theoretically and practically. In lessons, this is taught through the presentation of films, scenes and extracts, as well as verbal analysis. The nine-semester course consists of two years of basic study, two years of project-based study, and a diploma semester. In the first year of basic study, knowledge of screenplay writing, directing, camera work, and film making is taught on an inter-disciplinary basis, and an overview of the Avid and Premiere editing systems is also provided.


Editing / Montage

Silke Regele
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82356
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Silke Regele
Silke Regele
Silke Regele
Silke Regele
Study Coordinator

Film design 2

The teaching in the compulsory elective module Animation 2 provides an insight into alternative film making approaches, and various animation techniques. Each student produces a short animated film using their own artistic skills. Seminars provide basic knowledge and deepen theoretical expertise. Workshops in which set tasks must be completed in a relatively short amount of time count as practical experience, and require teamwork.


Filmgestaltung 2

Verena Fels
Project Coordinator / Lecturer
Tel:+49 7141 969 82428
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Verena Fels
Verena Fels

Filmgestaltung II

Martin Schmidt
Project Coordinator / Lecturer
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Martin Schmidt
Martin Schmidt
Verena Fels
Verena Fels
Project Coordinator / Lecturer
Martin Schmidt
Martin Schmidt
Project Coordinator / Lecturer

Animation 2

All animation and interactive media students take the compulsory module Animation 2, either in the Winter or Summer semester of the 2nd year of study. Animation 2 is available for all 2nd year film + media students.

The basics of the specialist areas are taught in workshops. In Animation 2, academic performance is based on participation in 3rd and 4th year projects, as well as third-party projects, active participation in lessons, involvement in workshops and seminars, and the presentation of work produced during the semester.

The grade for the semester is based on the content and organisation of semester presentations, cooperation during the semester, presence in lessons, and performance in workshops.

Examples of modules/workshops in Animation 2:

  • Set extension workshop:
    Components:
    Concept Art and Previsualisation
    Techvis
    Shooting
    Introduction to modelling, rigging, texturing and shading
    Rendering and compositing material from the set extension workshop

  • Basics of Animation

  • History of Animation

Animation Institute

Constanze Bühner
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82851
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Constanze Bühner
Constanze Bühner

Animation Institute

Claudia Liepert
Study Coordinator
Tel:+49 7141 969 82816
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Claudia Liepert
Claudia Liepert
Constanze Bühner
Constanze Bühner
Study Coordinator
Claudia Liepert
Claudia Liepert
Study Coordinator

Compulsory interdisciplinary events