STAGE 1– THE PRESENTATION OF THE POLISH DOCUMENTARY SCHOOL
The presentation will take a few days. Its vital part will be the films made by famous Polish documentary film makers, who will be also participating in the workshop, namely Marcel and Pawel Lozinski, Jacek Blawut, Vita Zelakeviciute, Jacek Petrycki, Rafal Listopad, Maciej Drygas and Miroslaw Dembinski.
The screening program will also involve a review of other important Polish documentaries chosen by a film theoretician dr Mateusz Werner. The screenings, discussions and seminars will be organized with the involvement of the local partners: the film schools, university art departments and other film and TV organizations.
STAGE 2 – THE WORKSHOP AND THE FILM MAKING
The three week film education workshop will be run by a group of previously mentioned documentary filmmakers who are also professors of the most important film schools in Poland. The workshop will be run according to the method initiated by M.Drygas and M. Dembinski at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, which was used during the project “The World from Dawn till Dusk”.
The method involves making short films and incorporating them into one. Each student chooses a certain hour from the city life and through documentary observation presents it in his 3-4 minute film. About a dozen of these short films present the city life from dawn till dusk. The students get a chance to work with a short film form, which allows detailed analysis, close following of the dramaturgical construction, film narration, and on top of all this the students also work with a long film form. During the workshop they go through all the stages of film-making similar to the professional system starting from pitching – to learn the proper subject presentation, through screenwriting, organizing production groups, shooting the film, editing it, the sound mix, and eventually screening the final product – the film. Each student in a practical way profits from the theoretical classes.
Having met the famous Polish documentary filmmakers the students not only have an opportunity to follow the specific work method of each of them but also they are able to learn how to see the world in a more sensitive way, how to understand it better and how to present it on the screen. They will be more likely to talk about the things they hardly noticed before, or were simply not aware of.
The city is the main protagonist of the film being made by all the workshop participants. Using the observation method they observe seemingly meaningless events in the lives of the city inhabitants. But through filmmakers personal interpretations the stories assume a new meaning and become special. When put together in one long film they create a universal metaphor.
The workshop will be divided into three stages:
STAGE 3 – THE SCREENING OF THE FILMS MADE DURING THE PROJECT
The films made during the workshop will be the direct and most obvious result of the project. They will enrich the collection of the films previously made within the project “The World from Dawn till Dusk”. The whole collection will be screened at cinemas, followed by the meetings with the students – the film authors, and the tutors – the artistic supervisors of the films.
The film viewers will have an opportunity to see the life of their own city in an original form and compare it with other, often distant places, described in the same way. This leads to interesting reflections on similarities and differences as well as universal aspects such as: love, loneliness, suffering, joy – human existential experience does not depend on the skin colour, or the language spoken, and despite all the cultural differences the basic meaning of human existence is understandable for everybody.
STAGE 4 – THE LONGTERM INFLUENCE OF THE PROJECT
The cinema screenings of the project films in the cities where they were made just initiate the films’ public existence.
They will be incorporated into the collection “The World from Dawn till Dusk” and will be presented in other parts of the world as the project’s continuation. We also plan the films’ documentary festival screenings in the countries involved in the project. We will enter them as well for other important international film festivals. The films will be broadcast on Polish television and most probably on television in the countries participating in the project. We will also try to interest other international television networks in the films.
Another, equally important, result of the workshop are the “seeds” planted in the minds of the workshop participants, the young film makers from many countries. These young people constitute a vital and dynamic group of artists who have the power to influence through media whole societies. The experience gathered during the workshop meetings with Polish documentary filmmakers will be used by them later in their professional life. Hopefully, in future they will be willing to work with Polish filmmakers and Polish culture institutions again.