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Documentary, acting workshops to take place at ttff/14

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In addition to screening films, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars and networking opportunities. Two works being held over the first weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September) of the ttff/14 are on documentary filmmaking and acting.

Documentary masterclass
University of the West Indies, Film Programme building
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September
10.00am–4.00pm

The documentary masterclass will address topics such as how to develop a documentary treatment, the differences between creative, traditional and reportage documentaries and deciding what form the project should take, how documentary sales differ from narrative film distribution, the subjective nature of the documentary form, using archive footage, research and scripting.

About the facilitator
Filmmaker Stevan Riley studied modern history at Oxford University, which was also the setting for his first documentary feature, Blue Blood (2006), on the Varsity boxing rivalry. Fire in Babylon (ttff/11), about the all-conquering West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and 80s, collected a prestigious Grierson award, among others. Stevan then directed Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012; ttff/14), to mark the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. He is currently helming a film on Marlon Brando for NBC Universal and Showtime.

Prerequisite: Participants must have made at least one short or feature-length documentary. Pre-registration required. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. $300 for both days; includes lunch.

Acting workshop
University of Trinidad and Tobago, APA building
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September
10.00am–4.00pm

In this workshop, actors will gain a strong understanding of how valuable a tool writing can be when looking to reveal a character’s truth with clarity and conviction, and directors will have an opportunity to work with their talent to collaboratively tell a story. Participants will have their work heard, developed and brought to life in a safe, collaborative environment, and will gain a better grasp on how to communicate in order to work effectively.

About the facilitator
Kirk Baltz has been a working actor in film, theatre and television for 25 years and has worked with such noted directors as Warren Beatty, Oliver Stone, John Woo, Kevin Costner and Quentin Tarantino.

Prerequisite: Participants must have made or acted in at least one short or feature-length film. Pre-registration required. Call the ttff office at 621.0709 to register. $600 for both days; includes lunch.

Image: A still from Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

Date: Fri 12 Sep, 2014
Category: ttff news and features

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