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BlackCoffee organises film workshop

The film appreciation master class and the film directing workshop from May 26-28 will be conducted by Gil Bettman.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 15:36 IST

BlackCoffee Films and Media is organising a film appreciation, advanced film direction and screenwriting workshop from tomorrow to June 25 at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in suburban Mumbai.

The film appreciation master class and the film directing workshop from May 26-28 will be conducted by Gil Bettman, an internationally acclaimed writer, director and an Associate Professor at the College of Film and Media Art, Chapman University of USA. He is also the action director of the renowned English television series Knight Rider, said Upen Patel, Head of BlackCoffee, at a press conference.

"There will be no beating around the bush. There are some universal truths about film making which I learnt the hard way and I teach them to my students so that they don't get terrorised when they step on the sets of the film," said Bettman.

He teaches special technique of camera blocking (to set up the scene in the camera's frame as wanted by the director), which is not taught by any other, Bettman claimed.

"I learnt everything from camera movements to directing actors and deal with prospective producers while attending Gil's workshop last year at NCPA," said Leela Roy Ghosh, well known dubbing artist.

The screenwriting workshop will be conducted by Tom Abram, Oscar nominated and winner of Cannes International Film Festival winning writer, from June 23-25.

The participants will learn to understand the difference between mystery and suspense, creating compelling characters and organising dramatic material at this workshop, said Patel.