Dance Films Association Partners with Dance New Amsterdam to Host Yearly Dance Film Lab Series

Dance Films Association Partners with Dance New Amsterdam to Host Yearly Dance Film Lab Series

DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM TO HOST YEARLY DANCE FILM LAB SERIES

2012 Schedule Announced, Advance Registration Open

  NEW YORK (March 28, 2012)Dance Films Association (DFA) announced today its renewed partnership with Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), to present the Dance Film Lab series. The Dance Film Lab (Lab) is a community-building, monthly series for dance filmmakers to gather; share information, methods, and tools; and address technical, practical and artistic challenges. The program is organized and directed by Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects, funded by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and takes place at DNA. Last year the program laid the groundwork with a sequence of workshops focused on various aspects of the dance/film making process.  Now in it’s second year, DFA has again partnered with DNA to take the Lab to the next level. The 2012 schedule will include Moderated Screenings of works in progress, Masterclasses  focused on editing and camera strategy, and Panel Discussions with experts from the field on topics including small-scale film production, fundraising, and distribution strategies. “Increasingly, artists from across disciplines are finding themselves drawn to the possibilities afforded by the intersection of dance/movement and film/video” says Zach Morris. “The Dance Film Lab has been designed to be a forum for these artists to gather; make connections; acquire skills; share information and resources; have opportunities to screen projects; and most importantly, be involved in a community and an on-going dialogue about this rapidly evolving artform.” Hailed by first year participants as “encouraging and constructive” with “Zach is an excellent moderator, corralling the conversation toward supportive feedback” the Lab has two distinct facets:  
  • Moderated Screenings: which bring dance filmmakers together to present raw footage, drafts, works-in-progress and newly finished films to their peers for artist-centered, constructive feedback.
  • Master Classes or Panel Discussions where artists gather for in-depth skill-building centered on concrete, applicable techniques, methodologies and strategies led by top professionals focusing on filming/production, post-production and distribution.
  The Dance Film Lab’s sessions have been designed to give artists a year-long series of events to bolster their creative efforts, provide access to high-caliber training, and provide forums to gather and share work. This year, DFA and DNA offer joint membership and advance registration for the entire series. Visit the Dance Film Lab page on the Dance Films Association website for all relevent information. http://www.dancefilms.org/programs/dance-film-lab/   ***********************************************

Dance Film Lab 2012 Schedule (http://www.dancefilms.org/events/category/dance-film-lab/upcoming/)

Series Location: Dance New Amsterdam- 280 Broadway, 2nd Floor (entrance on Chambers)   FEBRUARY 20, 7:30-10:00 Highlights of Film History Instructor: Alla Kovgan Screening of excerpts of the key films that every filmmaker should know.  Focusing both on dance film and “traditional” films, this masterclass gives attendees an overview of development of film techniques, aesthetics and idioms, and discussion of concepts and the development of the cinematic form. MARCH 28, 7:30-10:00 Film Producing 101 Panel   A moderated panel focused on the brass tacks of producing a film project.  Topics include budgeting, scheduling, fundraising, organizational strategies and an overview of concepts. Through presentations and discussion, experts in the field give attendees a solid picture of the needs, issues, challenges, and tactics to effectively plan and produce a small film project. APRIL 25, 7:30-10:00 Moderated Screening of Works in Progress Moderator: Zach Morris Dance filmmakers are encouraged to present raw footage, drafts, works-in-progress and newly finished films to their peers for artist-centered, constructive feedback.  Screening opportunities are open to members of DFA and DNA and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. MAY 30, 7:30-10:00 Camera Operation & Shooting Strategies Topics will include: basic understanding of camera operation,  shooting strategies, and concrete concepts and methods to enable artists to have more formalized approach to their filming process. Class will also touch on capturing audio during the film shoot. JUNE 27, 7:30-10:00 “Remix my film”-  A Session with a Professional Editor An opportunity to observe a professional edit a dance film in real time, sharing his process and talking attendees step-by-step through every editing decision, from selecting takes, sequencing shots, to creating a dynamic visual rhythm and a cohesive arc.  During this editing session, attendees will become familiar with basic film grammar, see tactics to tell a story/convey an idea visually, and see editing concepts implemented in real-time. JULY 25, 7:30-10:00 Moderated Screening of Works in Progress Moderator: Zach Morris Dance filmmakers are encouraged to present raw footage, drafts, works-in-progress and newly finished films to their peers for artist-centered, constructive feedback.  Screening opportunities are open to members of DFA and DNA and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. AUGUST 29, 7:30-10:00 Moderated Screening of Works in Progress Moderator: Zach Morris Dance filmmakers are encouraged to present raw footage, drafts, works-in-progress and newly finished films to their peers for artist-centered, constructive feedback.  Screening opportunities are open to members of DFA and DNA and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. SEPTEMBER 26, 7:30-10:00 September- Two Case Studies A panel discussion looking at two distinct case studies, focusing on creating projects from beginning to end.  Two expert panelists give a step-by-step overview of their respective processes from conception to creation to distribution.    Topics will include: conception, strategizing, fundraising, will touch on both “non-commercial” and “for hire” models, kickstarter, marketing and distribution. OCTOBER 24, 7:30-10:00 Moderated Screening of Works in Progress Moderator: Zach Morris Dance filmmakers are encouraged to present raw footage, drafts, works-in-progress and newly finished films to their peers for artist-centered, constructive feedback.  Screening opportunities are open to members of DFA and DNA and are accepted on a first come, first served basis. NOVEMBER 28, 7:30-10:00 Distribution Panel The focus of this panel is to arm attendees with concrete knowledge about the spectrum of distribution strategies that are available.  This panel specifically focuses on what distributors are looking for in project for various platforms including festivals, television, and digital/internet based platforms. ***********************************************

Rates and Advance Registration

JOINT MEMBERSHIP COST $70 Become a member of both DFA and DNA for one fee of $70. Save $25 and enjoy the benefits of both organizations. If already a DFA or DNA member, upgrade to the joint membership by contacting brighid@dancefilms.org.   Rates for DFA, DNA, and Joint Members $60.00 6 Masterclasses at $10= $60 4 Moderated Screenings at no cost= $0 Rates for Non-Members $190.00 6 Masterclasses at $25= $150 4 Moderated Screenings at $10= $40   Direct Link to Advance Registration- https://dfa.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_115501 DFA Members can Login, DNA Members email brighid@dancefilms.org for Discount Code.   ***********************************************   Dance Films Association Dance Films Association is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. Currently, DFA is actively seeking to broaden its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year round programming such as the Dance Film Lab.   Dance New Amsterdam Founded in 1984, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) celebrates 27 years of cultural leadership in contemporary dance. DNA supports the life, career and longevity of dance artists through ongoing high quality contemporary dance education, opportunities for choreographic exploration and innovative performance, and service to the field and the Lower Manhattan community. DNA fosters the development of new and experimental works through commissions, residencies and subsidized space. We are committed to training healthy dancers, developing new audiences and bridging diverse communities by exploring the role of dance across a spectrum of contemporary dance styles and cultures. DNA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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