ADVANCED CERTIFICATION COURSES : 6 MONTHS
The aim of the acting course is to help performers to become confident and comfortable in the skills needed by an actor today in order to secure quality and regular acting works. Acting includes the classes of theory, physical acting, anchoring & grooming. At the end of the course every student has to act in a SHORT film ( 5 min. to 8 min.) and qualify the final written and practical examination conducted by external examiner.
Definition Of Acting & History Of Acting: About Acting / About Art / Ancient Eastern And Western Acting / Modern or Contemporary Acting
The Script: What is a Script, Script formats, Plot and Storyline, Character Analysis?
Understanding of human emotions:
An overview of human emotions that every actor needs to portray in any role- joy, sorrow, love, anger, frustrations, depression etc. Normal mind vs abnormal mind.
Elements Of Acting : Gesture / Posture / Modulation / Dialog and Speech pattern / Composition / Expression / Relaxation of Mind. / Improvisation
Different Acting Medium : Audio / Video / Film / Stage
Analysis-Discussion of Films and with Films : Analysis Of Films / Performing.
Training the actor’s mind: Exercise on concentration, memorizing, relaxation and observation.
Physical Acting: Mime & Facial expressions
Voice Acting: Voice modulation and delivery, Diction, Pronunciation
Actors Preparation : character Analysis / Grooming.
Acting in film and television: Film lights, Facing the camera, Voice acting for microphones, Exercises in acting before camera with lights, Discussion with shooting footage, Exercises in acting out scripts
Make-up, Costume, Grooming and fashion:
Exercises in acting before Camera with Make-up
Practical on Camera (Differentiate of Shots, Shot Division with audio visual & Camera Practical )
Final Shoot with full set up like Camera, Light, Sound, Make-up, Costume, Edit and Screening.
Monthly Examination : Written and practical Examination is taken by the institute in Monthly basis .
RACPA’s CINEMATOGRAPHY course is a comprehensive course on handling latest camera equipment. The course will also involve theoretical as well as practical training with light and sound that will separate a professional from an amateur. Assessment of the student will be done every month through written and oral examination. There will also be additional shooting sessions on floors. At the end of the course every student has to make one SHORT film ( 5 min. to 8 min.) and qualify the final written and practical examination conducted by external examiner.
- History – Cinema and Camera.
- The Grammar of Film Making.
- Basics of Photography.
- Lights and Colours.
- Image formation and exposure.
- Lens and its function.
- Depth of field, understanding of white balance and colour temperature.
- Different Shots, camera movements and image composition.
- Digital medium basics, still photo analysis.
- Photographic Filters, Exposers, Lenses.
- Perspective, Raw Stock.
- The art of lighting, Introduction to photographic lights, lighting practical, demonstration of 3 point lighting.
- Event Photography
- Films and Video Camera.
- Special Shooting Technique.
- Lighting and camera operations (Practical)
- Use and importance of handheld camera in cinema.
- Colour theory, creative use of colour.
- Shot design, demo and hands on workshop with 5D.
- Demo and practice with Track – Trolley.
- Film analysis from camera movement perspective.
- Film analysis from lighting perspective.
- Camera Practice.
- Understanding film production.
- Sound Recording.
- Basics of Editing.
- Shooting on HDV, D50, 5D mark III, RED 1, Arriflex Movie Camera.
- Practical with all the above-related topics.
- Projects: Every student has to make one SHORT film ( 5 min. to 8 min)
At the end of the course there will be a final written and practical test conducted by external examiner. Every student has to qualify the examination to obtain the certificate.
RACPA follows the curriculum of leading international film institutes. The courses are comprehensive and would ensure the all-round development of students, turning them into proper film-makers.
The course features an entirely practical approach equipping students with a keen understanding of storytelling and enough hands on experience in character development and actor direction to become a valuable asset to the Director’s team. Students will learn how to generate ideas within a dramatic framework and how best to apply them from initial concept through to story structure, scriptwriting, dialogue and their successful reproduction on screen.
- Understanding the Medium
- History and the developments of Cinema in last 100 years
- How to study a film
- Fundamentals of Film Language
- Basics of film Direction
- Basics of Videography
- Videography Practical
- Elements and Tools of Independent Film making.
- Mechanism of storytelling.
- Character, Plot and Story Development
- Different Narrative Structures
- Writing for different Genres.
- Dialogue Writing.
- Scene Analysis.
- Elements of Mise-en-Scene
- Screenplay writing and storyboarding
- Shot division and Shooting script preparation
- Lighting Practical & Camera Exercise
- Scouting Locations.
- Budget preparation and Shooting planning
- Project Management.
- Production Design.
- Art Direction
- Directing Actors
- Camera Operation
- Camera Exercise
- Film Lighting
- Lighting Practical
- Sound recording essentials.
- Continuity check list
- Fundamentals of Editing.
- Working with Music.
- Practical with all the above-related topics.
- Assessment of the student will be done every month.
- Projects: Every student has to make one SHORT film ( 5 min. to 8 min.)
RACPA’s Script Writing programme is designed to professionalise writers and present a genuine gateway into the film and television industries. Over the course of several months, students will work with leading industry practitioners to develop their screenwriting, pitching and story-breaking skills. By the end of the programme, each student will have developed a full length feature film screenplay, a pilot TV episode and two short films. Like all courses, this programme is taught by practitioners and as such it is vocationally-oriented and industry-focused. Students will have access to individual career guidance and training in how to navigate entry-level work in both the television and film industries.
- What is a story? Definition of a story. Understanding the elements of a story.
- Script writing is telling story through Scenes.
- Difference between writing for print medium and screen medium. Comparison of the both.
- Source of a story idea. Germination and nurturing an idea. Target audience of the story or script.
Structure of a Screenplay:
- Time span of the story.
- Creating curiosity i.e. what next?
- Creating the logic in the script i.e. why next?
- Creating Emotion in the script.
- Three Act structure.
- Character background.
- The goal or need of the character. What he or she wants to achieve in the story span?
- What are the obstacles against that goal?
- What he/she does to overcome the obstacles or how they come into terms with it i.e. the action line of the character.
- Their internal turmoil.i.e. the emotional line of the character.
- The character as well as what they do are the subject of the story or script.
- Story is a journey of a character. The character should evolve through the story. They cannot stand still.
Film Dialogues: It’s realistic as well as purposeful nature
- Dialogue reveals the character as well as steers the story.
- Importance of gestures instead of dialogue.
- The basic unit or block of the script. Scene is an event.
- Choice of location and time of scenes. Location and time say many things which can help the scene. Importance of Location & Time.
- Context and Content of a scene.
- Scene Structures.
Genres of Films
Twenty Master Plots for every script.
Analysis of masterworks as we proceed through this curriculum as well as Writing and developing short scripts by the students.
Art Direction is a unique course that explores the practical, conceptual and managerial skills relating to design and art direction. In this course students learn a range of skills associated with being a practice-based designer and develops their creative vision. The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to Art Direction, giving students the opportunity to develop their practice in graphic design, moving image, photography, exhibition and production/set design. RACPA’s Art Direction is a unique course that explores the practical, conceptual and managerial skills relating to design and art direction.
- Introduction to Design for Art Direction
- Design Principles
- Media Exploration
- Locating Practice: Design for Art Direction
- Contextual and Theoretical Studies 1
- Design Production
- Collaborative Project
- Art Direction
- Managing Design
- Contextual and Theoretical Studies 2
The following features give the course a distinctive identity and help to ensure that we are offering a unique, exclusive and exciting experience for you:
- This exciting new course builds on the Institute’s considerable expertise in the area of design and media, which form essential aspects of art direction. You will be introduced to a broad range of design skills and media which will enable you to confidently communicate your concepts and ideas to specialist practitioners.
- The acquisition of new and consolidation of existing design skills will be seen in the context of theory and management skills associated with the leadership and management of others.
- Learning and teaching will be undertaken in a variety of different contexts including, workshops, studio practice, lectures and seminars.
- Given our central location in a leading design capital and our considerable professional contacts, the Course for Art Direction will offer ample opportunities for collaborative working with leading practitioners on live projects which prepare you for progression into industry or continuing education.
In RACPA’s Production Design course, students design films involving set builds on the institute’s sound stages. All units develop and execute Production Design concepts for each script in production. The course teaches all aspects of Production Design for both 35mm color and Digital formats. These include classes in model making, composition and color, set dressing and drawing. Students learn how to develop a visual concept and to realize it into cinematic reality. Drawing, model making and computer imaging techniques are taught using the scripted material that students generate. The program accommodates a wide range of genres and story worlds.
Uniquely in RACPA, Production Design course, students study alongside students of other filmmaking disciplines, engaging in a series of productions where working methods replicate professional practice.
The advent of digital technology has brought in new design tools and ways of working and this course promotes a lively interface between old and new methods. 3D and 2D computer techniques and Concept Art are taught alongside traditional skills such as set sketching, orthographic draughting, design geometry and model-making. Design students apply their skills to live action and animation films, television programs and commercials, in the studio and on location, using built sets and green screen. Relevant business and management skills are also taught, equipping students to manage a small art department, its budget, personnel and logistical schedules, studio procedures and set decorating. Studio visits with a working art department inspire them with actual film sets.
All staff, permanent and visiting, are Industry practitioners and students develop close links with the film and television industry while they train.
The fundamental strategy of the course is to provide all students on the course with an intensive foundation in language and grammar for the moving image, including computer skills. The intention is also to include some practical film and video projects and workshops to be realised on screen. The notion of independent learning and research is established, as is that of collaboration and commitment.
- Take One Painting: set build and green screen workshop with Cinematography and Digital Post Production students
- Visualisation and model-making
- Character of Place – Pixillation workshop with Animation and Cinematography students
- Sci-fi and Fantasy – paper design project
- Construction budgeting
- Design, possible set build, set dressing and location work
- Measured drawing
- Film Architecture – paper project with a foreign setting and in a particular period
- Design for animaiton
- Film – design, possible set build, set dressing and location work
- Personal projects – negotiated subject matter and scope
- CAD workshop
- MA Dissertation
ACTING COURSE FOR CHILDREN
The Children’s workshop at RACPA follows the ‘Play-way’ style of teaching by engaging them in play-like situations to develop their imagination and creative skills. Children are taught not only to use their minds but also their bodies thereby imparting in them expressive abilities and self-confidence. The workshop aims to train them not only for camera or stage, but for leadership in life as well. These workshops for Acting and Dance is for Children of the age group 5 to 14 years.
In RACPA, children are taken through the realms of acting helping them discover their own individuality, weaknesses and strengths. Children also learn to make friends and interact with others around. In the initial sessions they are taken through various exercises which will help them get comfortable with acting. They are also taught, though games and exercises, methods to develop self-confidence, indulge in creativity, enhance their imagination, learn to trust in others and develop focus in their actions. Their presentation and oratory skills will also be touched upon helping them to be better speakers.
Some of the activities your child will journey upon
- Be aware yourself and surroundings
- Exercising your body and emotions
- Getting comfortable with Acting
- Confidence building
- Acting practical’s
- Group scenes
- Exploring Emotions
- Trust Building
- Voice and Speech
- Improve concentration
- Voice your emotions
- Creativity and imagination
- Text reading and comprehension
- Scene Enactment
Editing includes storytelling, rhythm, tempo, and emotion. A good editing sense is absolutely necessary to creatively structure a cinematic work. This course will teach students the basic knowledge and concepts of editing, and develop their editing sense in practical editing assignments.
The course is composed of two parts, theory and practice. For theory, lectures will be given with illustrations from films. For practice, students will be assigned editing exercises throughout the course to ensure that they apply and realise what they have learned in class.
- Introduction and history of Editing. Opening Final Cut Pro, Exploring the Interface, Using Menus, Shortcuts and the Mouse, Viewing and Sorting Events, Skimming Clips and Changing Views, Viewing and Creating Projects, Working in the Project Library, Viewing Projects in the Timeline and Quitting Final Cut Pro Importing.
- Importing Media into an Event, Importing Folders as Keyword Collections, Analyzing and Correcting Imported Clips, Importing from a Camera, Importing from the Finder and Importing from Other Applications Organizing Clips in an Event.
- Using Metadata to Customize an Event, Adding Keywords to Clips, Assigning Multiple Keywords to Clips, Applying Keywords to a Clip Range, Rating, Sorting and Searching Clips and Creating Smart Collections.
- Building a Rough Cut.
- Creating a New Project, Screening and Marking Clips, Appending Clips in the Timeline, Viewing and Arranging Clips in the Magnetic Timeline, Inserting Clips into the Primary Storyline.
- Changing Edited Clips, Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline and Closing your Project.
- Finishing a Rough Cut.
- Adding Markers to a Project. Connecting Clips to the Primary Storyline, Overwriting and Replacing Clips, Auditioning Clips in the Project and Working with Storylines.
- Duplicating a Project, Removing Clip Selections and Adding Gaps, Understanding Trimming.
- Applying Transitions. Preparing for Transitions, Applying a Video Transition, Using the Transitions Browser, Modifying Transitions, Changing Transition Parameters in the Inspector, Adding Transitions to Other Storylines and Compound Clips and Exploring Audio Transitions.
- Working with Sound. Monitoring Audio in the Timeline, Adjusting Audio in the Timeline, Adding Music and Sound Effects, Adjusting Levels in the Audio Inspector, Creating Audio Fades, Recording Voiceovers and Correcting Problem Audio.
- Working with Titles, Generators and Themes.
- Using the Titles Browser, Adding a Lower Third, Modifying Titles, Adding Bumpers and Credits.
- Understanding Basic Motion Properties, Changing Clip Speed, Creating Holds and Variable Speed Segments, Applying Present Speed Effects, Transforming an Image, Cropping an Image.
- Creating Keyboard Shortcuts. Applying Effects and Enhancing Color Applying Video Effects, Modifying Effect Parameters, Auditioning and Animating Effects.
- Applying Audio Effects and Enhancing Color in Final Cut Pro.
- Sharing Your Project.
- Preparing a Project for Sharing, Sharing a Master File, Publishing a Project to Apple Devices, Publishing a Project to Video Sharing Sites, Exporting an Image from your Project, Exporting for DVD, or Disk Image, Backing up Projects and Events.