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HFF Munich Summer School

The University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich is offering its successful SUMMER SCHOOL for the fourth time in late summer 2021 - due to the great demand, again with four courses and a mixture of tried and tested and new course formats:



WOMEN WRITING LAB

DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES

TREATMENT IN FIVE DAYS

STORYBOARD WORKSHOP



The initiator & project manager of the SUMMER SCHOOL is HFF colleague Elena Diesbach (International Office and Alumni * ae office)



The artistic direction is again with HFF series professor Taç Romey.

  • WOMEN WRITING LAB

    2) WOMEN WRITING LAB 2020: „STRENGTHENING YOUR SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES“

    31 / 8 / 2020 – 9 / 9 / 2020 *online course*
    Apply until bis 10 / 8 / 2019
    Max. number of participants: 12
    Fee: 500 €

    „STRENGTHENING YOUR SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES” is a craft-based workshop designed to build on your foundational screenwriting skills.  In a week-long workshop setting, you will learn practical tools for creating compelling stories that are well-founded in the essential elements of drama.  We will address the development of strong original characters, and how all story rises from character.  We will explore the use of themes to ground every story in universal meaning. Through guided exercises, you’ll develop your own instincts for story, character, and powerful, visual scenes.  During daily writing hours, you will expand and develop your own story ideas, and refine your ideas in individual mentoring sessions with the workshop leader, Robin Swicord. 
    The goal of the workshop is for each participating writer to develop a full story as a detailed treatment for a feature film or a multi-part episodic TV story, which will become the immediate blueprint for your screenplay. This is the workshop that will launch you into your first draft, or your next draft.

    Registration & Conditions of Participation WOMEN WRITING LAB

    Application Form WOMAN WRITING LAB 2020 (als Download)

    Registration & Conditions of Participation WOMEN WRITING LAB
    - CV / table w. brief personal history
    - a brief screenwriting sample ( not more than 15 pages )
    All application documents must be written in English.

    Declaration of Consent WOMAN WRITING LAB 2020 (als Download)

    Workshop leader

    Robin Swincord
    CV (Download)

     

    Screenwriter and film director

  • DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES

    21 / 9 / 2020 – 25 / 9 / 2020
    Deadline: 31. August
    Max. number of participants: 18
    Fee: 300 EURO

    Academic direction: Julia von Heinz, Prof. Tac Romey
    Speaker: Baran Bo Odar, Christian Schwochow, Maria Schrader, Julia von Heinz, Natalie Spinell

    We go into the depth of directing serial formats and want to learn from the best. How do you successfully implement dramaturgical highlights of a series in a stage setting? How do we adapt to the needs of Production & Showrunner? Adaptation: what needs to be considered? Direction at an international world order such as THE CROWN: How can you succeed in cleverly integrating a personal handwriting into the dramaturgy and look of a well-known series? What role do regional characteristics play in a 30something comedy series like SERVUS BABY? How can the dramaturgical arc be kept over three seasons in a world success like DARK? Which do's and don’s have to be considered when directing concepts of serial formats & where are the pitfalls?

    Goal: In the end, each participant should develop a director's concept with moods

    Target group: For a small group of max. 18 participants, including 9 students from the HFF Munich in the Directorate & Screenplay departments

    Speaker

    Academic Direction: Julia von Heinz, Prof. Tac Romey
    Speaker: Baran Bo Odar, Christian Schwochow, Maria Schrader, Julia von Heinz, Natalie Spinell

    Baran bo Odar was born in Switzerland in 1978, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich. He has worked on several commercials, music videos and award-winning short films. 
    His feature debut THE SILENCE (2010) premiered at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and gained him a spot as one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2011. His next film WHO AM I was a German box office hit. Warner Brothers has closed a deal to remake WHO AM I. His first US movie was the action thriller SLEEPLESS starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan which was released February 24th 2017. 
    Together with Jantje Friese he is the showrunner on the NETFLIX Original Series DARK which was launched Dec 1st 2017 worldwide on Netflix in over 190 countries and is now one of the most watched series on Netflix. Currently he is working with Jantje Friese on their next series project 1899 and Tyll for Netflix which will be produced by their production company Dark Ways.

    Christian Schwochow, born in 1978 in Bergen auf Rügen, worked as a comedy author and speaker for television and radio after graduating from high school, did a TV traineeship in the editorial department of "Polylux" and was a reporter and video journalist for public service broadcasters. From 2002 to 2008 he studied film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. NOVEMBERKIND (2008) was his multi-award-winning feature film debut, followed by DIE UNSICHTBARE (2011), a film that has been screened at over a hundred festivals and won two awards at its world premiere in Karlovy Vary. Christian Schwochow made his television debut with the two-part film adaptation of Uwe Tellkamp's bestseller “Der Turm” (2012). "The Tower" was awarded the Grimme Prize and the Bambi Audience Award. Schwochow's next feature film WESTEN (2013), celebrated its world premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal, and was awarded the prize by the film critics and film journalists association FIPRESCI. In 2015 Schwochow's first crime scene was “Borowski and the sky above Kiel”, followed in 2016 by the two-part film adaptation of the Ken Follet bestseller "The Pillars of Power" on ZDF. His next television film “Today is not every day” (2016), the first part of the ARD's NSU trilogy, caused a sensation. The film's numerous awards include the German Television Award, the Grimme Award and the Television Film Award of the German Academy of Performing Arts. Schwochow was also honored for his directorial work with the award of the German Academy for Television and the Bavarian Television Award. Schwochow's highly acclaimed first television series BAD BANKS ”premiered at the Berlinale in February 2018. BAD BANKS has now been sold all over the world and Schwochow again received the Bavarian TV Award for his directorial work. In the third season of the hit series THE CROWN (2019, netflix) Christian Schwochow was the first German director to stage two episodes.

  • TREATMENT IN FIVE DAYS

    3) FILM MUSIC WORKSHOP 2020 in cooperation with Hochschule für Musik und Theater München

    31 / 8 / 2020 – 1 / 9 / 2020 online
    7 / 9 / 2020 - 9 / 9 / 2020 HFF/HfMT Munich
    Apply until bis 17 / 8 / 2020
    Max. 10 Participants
    Fee: 250 €

    Direction of the workshop: Yati Durant (Film Composer and Musician, www.yatidurant.com)

    The workshop will be taught in English (German also possible)

    Description:
    This film music workshop will introduce students to working on an advanced level with scoring, conducting and producing string quartet compositions and recording to film scenes. Participants will receive theory and technique and apply it in a real-life professional scoring session with the renowned Paranormal String Quartet  The scoring sessions will be recorded and participants will receive video and audio of the sessions upon completion.

    Method & outline

    Students will be given a film scene (approx. 5 min) to score for string quartet approx. 1 month in advance of the workshop.

    Students will be given a film scene (approx. 5 min) to score for string quartet approx. 1 month in advance of the workshop.The first two days of the workshop will take place online and will focus on film music scoring techniques and creative theories, including:

    • Techniques regarding theories and methods of scoring scenes to film
    • Setting up a film recording session with a DAW• Synchronisation with click and/or streamers and punches
    • Conducting the live instrumentalists to timing information
    • Working with the quartet to achieve good results (producing)

    The second three days of the workshop will take place in the HFF and HfMT and are focussed on setting up, recording, mixing and producing with the string quartet. Each participant will have time conducting and recording their own film scenes with the String Quartet under the supervision of Yati Durant. The beginning and end of each session will involve a preparation for composers/conductors and analysis of (video) feedback.

    Registration & Conditions of Participation

    Apllication Form FILMMUSIC WOKSHOP 2020 (Download)

    Registration & Conditions of Participation FILM MUSIC WORKSHOP FILM MUSIC WORKSHOP 2020 (Download): 
     CV / table w. brief personal history
    - Applicants should be expected to know how to notate music and work with a DAW (Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, etc)
    - Conducting experience is also good, but not mandatory
    All application documents must be written in English.

    Declaration of Consent FILM MUSIC WORKSHOP (Download)

    Workshop leader

    Yati Durant
    Yati Durant is an award-winning U.S. born composer of concert and film music, Professor, trumpeter and conductor. He is a Visiting Professor of Film Music Conducting at the Rovigo Conservatory of Music “Francesco Venezze”. He is the former Programme Director of MSc Composition at the University of Edinburgh (2010 – 2019) and Musical Director of the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra.
    His compositions and film scores have received many prizes from International festivals, including a Panorama Prize at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival for Erika Rabau – Der Puck von Berlin and a BAFA National Commerce Film Award nomination for the WDR/ARD documentary Ein Klavier geht um die Welt. He is a finalist of the 2009 Concorso Giovani Musicisti Europei in Aosta, Italy with his score to C. Chaplin’s The Vagabond. Recent highlights include his conducting of the Staatsorchester Braunschweig to his 2005 orchestral and electronics score for Battleship Potemkin (1925) at the opening of the Braunschweig International Film Festival and at the Murnau Film and Musikfest, Bielefeld in 2018, and the inclusion of his scores for restored films from the Jean Desmet Dream Factory collection at EYE Amsterdam in 2015. In the 1990’s, Yati lived in New York City, where he worked in TV and film, writing for HBO, Walt Disney Productions, Fox, US Army, Jif, Waterman Pens and many others.
    In Europe, Yati has worked for many State broadcasters, including the ARD and WDR, and many of his compositions and film scores have been published on CD and DVD. He is a frequent contributor and jury member to the most important film music competitions and festivals in Europe, including Soundtrack Cologne, Festival International du Film d’Aubagne and FMF Krakow. He also has an international profile as a performer of jazz trumpet and electroacoustic music, and he has performed in Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, India, France, Brazil and in the United Kingdom.
    www.yatidurant.com



     
  • STORYBOARD-WORKSHOP

    1) INTERNATIONAL SERIES WORKSHOP 2020

    14 / 9 / 2020 – 2/ 10 / 2020 pitching session tba
    Max. number of participants: 18
    Deadline: 25 / 8 / 2020
    Fee: 750 €

    Like the extremely successful two first HFF SUMMER SCHOOL International Series Workshops 2018 & 2019, the workshop this year is tailored to the current series market and open to interested participants such as Film students from other universities, authors or writing producers from all over the world. For the 3-week program, top-class and multi-award-winning series makers of different genres were again won over as speakers or mentors.

    The conclusion is also the market test for the resulting concepts: The participants have the opportunity to share their ideas in the course of a speed pitch with renowned industry representatives from the areas of pay and free TV, film and series production and streaming services / To present platforms.

    Speakers/lecturers:

    Prof. Tac Romey, Akademische Leitung
    Speaker: Christian Schwochow, Jantje Friese, Nicola Lusuardi, Anca Lăzărescu, Sibel Kekilli, Veronica Ferres, Gerhard Maier, Sabine de Mardt

    Nicola Lusuardi has been working as scriptwriter, story editor and consultant for several international broadcasters and production companies. Since 2013 he has been a story-editor and creative producer for the original scripted contents by Sky Italy. He is Head of Study for SeriesLab program (TorinoFilmLab-SeriesMania) and he teaches dramaturgy for tv series for the  SerialEyes Program in Berlin and in the National School of Cinema in Rome.

    He holds masterclasses and workshops about serial dramaturgy in several countries. In 2010 he released “La Rivoluzione Seriale”, Dino Audino Editore, Roma. 

    Is founder and partner with Stefano Sardo, Ines Vasiljevic and Roberto Amoroso of Nightswim, independent production company.

     
    Nicola Lusuardi

    Christian Schwochow, born in Bergen auf Rügen in 1978, worked as a comedy author and speaker for television and radio after graduating from high school, did a TV traineeship in the editorial department of "Polylux" and was a reporter and video journalist for public service broadcasters. From 2002 to 2008 he studied film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. NOVEMBERKIND (2008) was his multi-award-winning feature film debut, followed by DIE UNSICHTBARE (2011), a feature film that has been screened at over a hundred festivals and won two awards at its world premiere in Karlovy Vary. In 2015, Schwochow's first crime scene “Borowski und die Himmel über Kiel” ran, followed in 2016 by the two-part film adaptation of the Ken Follet bestseller “Die Pfeiler der Macht” on ZDF. His next television film “Today is not every day” (2016), the first part of the ARD's NSU trilogy, caused a sensation.
    Schwochow's highly acclaimed first television series “Bad Banks” celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in February 2018. The six-part series broadcast on ARTE and ZDF takes a look at the highly complex system of major international banks and at driven people who are putting the financial security of an entire country at risk. “Bad Banks” has meanwhile been sold all over the world and Schwochow has again received the Bavarian TV Award for his directorial work. In the third season of the hit series THE CROWN (2019, netflix) Christian Schwochow was the first German director to stage two episodes.

     



    Veronika Ferres
    https://www.agentur-scenario.de/schauspielerin/veronica-ferres/

     
    Veronika Ferres 

    Mentors/coaches:

    Michal Conford (Canada), Anne van Melick (Netherlands), Florian Puchert (Germany)

    Michal Conford
    Michal Conford has worked as a writer, director and producer in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He directed the award-winning documentary films River People, Through The Eyes of Enemies and Not On Any Map, and wrote the screenplays for Ice Planet and Yasmine, a true-life story about an honor killing in Nazareth.

    Michal’s a former producer for New York Times TV, and has worked as a journalist, film critic and editor for the San Jose Mercury News and Los Angeles Times Syndicate. He also wrote the libretto for Nyx, a blues-inflected opera that premiered at the Munich Biennale (with music by Gerd Baumann) and just finished his first VR film, Fragments of Jerusalem, which is currently touring and premiered at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and at the Haifa International Film Festival this past fall and was an official selection at Hot Docs International Film Festival this spring.

    His latest project is the feature screenplay Brother True, currently in development internationally. For most of the past decade he has been the Director of the Film Program at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he is also an Associate Professor.

    Anne van Melick
    Anne van Melick (1984) grew up in the South of The Netherlands, and knew from a young age she
    was going to be a writer. To be able to do this, she moved to Amsterdam in 2002, and started her
    Bachelor’s degree for Screenwriting at the Netherlands Film Academy.

    Anne graduated in 2006 as a screenwriter from the Netherlands Film Academy. She worked a year in
    the field of film, as a writer of several short films (SCHIM, with director Johan Timmers, and LOEP,
    with IDTV Film), and as a director’s assistant. She also was an assistant script editor for the Dutch TV
    series MEIDEN VAN DE WIT and DE AFDELING.

    In 2007 she started her Master’s degree in Cultural History, which she completed in 2012 at the
    University of Amsterdam. During and after this period of study and research she worked for several
    years in the publishing world and the field of journalism; as a writer, assistant publisher and project
    leader. In 2012 she came back to the Netherlands Film Academy, first as an assistant head of
    department, and later as a substitute head of the Screenwriting Department. In August 2016 she
    officially became the head.

    She had created and reformed the Screenwriting program in Amsterdam with the individual growth
    of the student in mind, and has developed an extensive educational program around serial writing.
    For example by inviting guest lecturers like Camilla Ahlgren (THE BRIDGE), Barbara Machin (WAKING
    THE DEAD) and Tatjana Samopjan (development producer and key note speaker on long running TV
    drama), organizing writers room workshops, encouraging series development by individual students,
    and creating modules around web series. She considers writing for series as the ultimate
    professionalization of screenwriting: working together in putting ones knowledge, skills and
    creativity in service of the story.

    Florian Puchert
    Born and raised in Germany, Florian Puchert made his way into the film and TV business by first interning and later working for Munich-based production company K5 Film as a junior producer.
    But since writing has always been his main focus, he quit producing and started writing and directing short films, music videos and industry films, while working as a 1st AD, reader and consultant. His short films screened at over 120 festivals worldwide and won several awards.
    His first writing credit was on the 2005 horror film BLOOD TRAILS, which got picked up by Lionsgate in the US. His most recent writing credits include co-writing the international thriller series DIGNITY (2019) for German streamer Joyn and the mini-series UNSERE WUNDERBAREN JAHRE (2020) for German broadcaster ARD. He’s currently developing second seasons for both formats as well as several original TV series.
    Florian is an honorary professor at the University of Television and Film Munich and has been giving workshops and screenwriting seminars there with his writing partner Robert Krause since 2013, i.e. “Screenplay in 23 days”. Together they’ve also run several writers’ rooms for German production companies like Bavaria Fiction and UFA.

    Objectives & Method

    This HFF MUNICH SUMMER COURSE is focused on developing serial-format story content. The aim is to create new series ideas and concepts, finished and saleable in the (inter)national market.
    The workshop participants will work in small writing teams. This collaboration and communication, in an intercultural exchange, is designed to improve self-perception and
    openness to criticism, as well as to provide a source of inspiration for the entire writing process.
    Conflict-solving strategies are also an essential part of this process.
    Mentors/coaches guide the group working process, developing the individual concepts and ideas until they gel into the concepts for a final speed pitch to media professionals.
    Each participant will leave the workshop with a “basic show bible”, including a cover theme, series format and title, logline and tagline, ideas and character descriptions, as well as a detailed pilot description and episode synopses.
    The workshop makers expect the overall four-week output from the various writing teams to total four to six finished concepts.

    Registration & Conditions of Participation

    Registration & Conditions of Participation INTERNATINAL SERIES WORKSHOP (Download)

     - CV / table w. brief personal history
    - Motivation statement (one DIN A4 page, font: Arial 12, line spacing 1.5) explaining: “Why I’m interested in serial formats“
    - One Page Series Idea. Requirements will be send to applicants two weeks prior to commencement of summer school

    All submission documents must be written in English.

    Application Form SERIESWORKSHOP 2019 (Download)
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    Declaration of Consent SERIESWORKSHOP (Download) 

     

 

 

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