International Lab for Professional Filmmakers

Dates and venue to be announced soon

The Lab offers a unique opportunity to become the part of the international multidisciplinary artistic team and to take part in the practical creative process together with Russian actors at the Russian theatre. The Lab is open to professional film and video makers working in various genres, techniques and styles interested to find new collaborators and start new challenging projects for further professional development at international level.

The Lab team will consist of representatives from various professional backgrounds with different areas of expertise in arts - film and video makers, directors, actors and dancers from different countries.

The Lab objective is to create the fascinating encounter of different arts in multicultural and multilingual artistic environment and to encourage participants to go beyond what they already know or are used to apply in their work relying on and inspired by this unique collaboration. 

Interested in developing filmmaking skills and want the opportunity to get your work showcased? 
As the result of the four-week Lab collaboration participants will create and demonstrate the final work-in-progress. 

The final work may find its realization both as part of the common creative result on the stage or may also be created as the complementary artistic format depending on specialization and artistic means. Directors, actors and dancers will perform the final work-in-progress on the stage of the Russian Drama Theatre through theatre language - the action on stage, movement, dance, word, etc. Film and video makers will have opportunity to create the work-in-progress on the project through the universal language of film - from a documentary on rehearsal process and its creative development, communication with actors, on stage and backstage, to an original short movie or a screen version of the work-in-progress on the stage. 

A film can enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate, influencing how we perceive the action and the actor. How can we translate these unique sensations on the screen?.. 
IUGTE International Lab is unique in the exploration of all the art forms involved in filmmaking related and applied to performing arts - from a deep study of character, story and script, to liberating and 
illuminating scene work with actors, to the investigation of visual personality of the film, how 
to connect feelings, emotional depth, sound, music and rhythm of story, to illuminate the life of the character on theatre stage.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and understanding of what a theatre/dance performance on screen is; 
how to use the artistic crafts of actors and performers as tools in order to create "stories told by the body" on the screen; how to bring life and clarity to the script and story structure, how to bring together the story essenceits physical nature as well as thought-provoking and engaging; how to create vivid and compelling charactershow to convey the atmosphere and rhythm of the performance; how to work side by side with all members of the production team and get the best results from this collaborative relationshipParticipants will explore the key principles in directing for film - script analysis, plot breakdown and interpretation, understanding of the composition in visual storytellingunderstanding the difference between directing for the stage and for the screen and how to translate a theatrical form of expression into a film.

The Lab programme will run in two phases - the preparatory phase and the actual practical phase.

1) Preparatory Phase. Participants will receive the series of practical creative tasks by email and will send video-reports on the completed tasks on scheduled basis.
2) Practical Phase. Participants will take part in the four-week intensive practical Lab at the Russian repertory theatre in the international team of performers and directors from different countries together with the Russian actors under the artistic direction of Sergei OstrenkoThe Lab programme will run six days per week full day long with one day-off per week.

The Lab offers a unique opportunity to work in an international performance project in a multicultural creative environment and enables to acquire both practical skills and theoretical knowledge in filmmaking in connection with the performing arts. This is a wonderful chance to improve specific skills, an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience and meet collaborators for future creative work!

The working languages are English and Russian.  

Participants should bring their own cameras and equipment. 

Participants who successfully finish the Lab can receive IUGTE Certificate.  

For application and more practical details, please submit the following documents to
- Letter of motivation stating your interest in joining the Lab.
- Detailed CV describing specific skills and abilities.
- Latest head shot with 2-3 additional photos.
- Any additional material describing professional experience: web links to past projects, video, reviews, articles, interviews, etc.

The group is forming on a competitive basis. Only several spots are available.

Organized by IUGTE in collaboration with "ArtUniverse"