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Videomaking, Story, Cinema & Media Design

Videomaking, Story, Cinema & Media Design

Videomaking, Story, Cinema & Media Design

 

AANT trains screen professionals through storytelling, screenwriting, directing, photography, production, video editing, visual effects and all the skills needed for the broadest medium ever. The three-year course in Videomaking, Story, Cinema & Media Design is aimed at all those creative minds that feel the pull towards cinema and television, but also towards advertising, music videos, web series and all other possible forms of storytelling through video today.

 This course has at its centre the image; above all, how the image is made, starting from photography, through video and all the way to sound: forming complete and versatile professionals who know the history of image and entertainment and its aesthetics, who master photographic techniques, who know how to use light to narrate, direct the filming and the actors, up to editing and post-producing the images created.

Here, the student learns to invent, write, make a storyboard, and tell a story with moving images.

 

The professions revolving around video today are many and complex.

This course provides an articulated and meticulous preparation that enables one to start a career in the three main areas, which are practical realisation, creativity and invention, and planning and production: above all, it promotes and stimulates curiosity and creativity, opening the doors of a world of professions and techniques but also of emotions and expression, almost infinite.

Moving between the different professional figures taking part in the construction of a video, both on set and in post-production studios, the three-year Videomaking course starts from the acquisition of theoretical knowledge to arrive at the daily practice of the insiders: creativity is thus put in communication with tradition, with techniques and technology, in a dense alternation between theoretical reflections and field workshop. At AANT, all the different technologies necessary for a video are at hand: cameras, lights, microphones, computers and the most advanced software are an integral part of the classrooms and workshops to ensure at all times the possibility to field test the progress and touch the fruit of the effort.

 

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      • Introduction

        The first year of the Videomaking course enables the student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to approach the world of audiovisual communication regardless of their educational background. The year, which can be defined as propaedeutic/preparatory, is divided into a learning path that includes a theoretical and a practical part. The student enriches their skills through the close synergy between lectures and workshops to verify what they have learned in real-time.

      • Information Technology

        20h – 2 CFA

        The course introduces the student to the use of Adobe Indesign software, a fundamental tool for creating interactive graphic presentations; it strengthens the skills related to the culture of the project and its exposure and communication.

      • History of the cinema and the video

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course provides the student with a preliminary orientation among film, television, and advertising language trends. Through an analytical journey in the evolution of style, it constitutes a valuable orientation network for the filmmaker, trained to juggle the most recursive and iconic forms of expression of the twentieth century and the present.

      • Theory and analysis of the cinema and audiovisual

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course offers an articulated vision of the audiovisual from a contemporary perspective; in addition to semiotic analysis's essential theoretical and methodological tools, it explores the notion of "expanded cinema", the different declinations of reality cinema, and the new areas of narrative use.

      • Digital image processing

        40h - 4 CFA

        The course introduces the digital image, the nature of the "raster" file and the main processing techniques, from colour and contrast management to compositing. The course is propaedeutic/preparatory to understanding the architecture of all complex image management software through the Adobe Photoshop software.
        Software: Photoshop.

      • Video editing I

        60h - 6 CFA

        The course aims to introduce the student to the workflow of video post-production: through the Adobe Premiere Pro software, the student will learn how to edit clips, videos and audio, design, produce and visually narrate a story. The course guides the student through the different editing styles, from cinema to television, to the Web and Social Networks.
        Software: Premiere.

      • Audiovisual Documentation Techniques

        40h - 4 CFA

        The course conveys all the skills learned related to photography, camera use, and directing in a practical documentary-style production project. The student will create a complete video production through guided workshops aimed at designing, organising, filming, and editing.

      • History of contemporary music

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course prepares the student for the perception of the video product as equitably composed of image and sound. Starting from a historical examination of the evolutionary paths of twentieth-century music and, in particular, music for films and television, it analyses through practical workshops the weight and role of musical accompaniment, the reasons behind the choice of a given song and the different techniques useful to determine the emotional reaction of the viewer, from didactic accompaniment to counterpoint.

      • Creative Writing I

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course aims to direct the student to the formulation of written texts oriented to telling an idea, from the formulation of the concept to the basic notions of storytelling. The course is intended as an intensive and strictly practical workshop, oriented towards integration with other classes, to develop the best possible and very useful resources for an aspiring video maker.

      • Photography I

        80h - 8 CFA

        The course deals with the languages and techniques of photography from a historical and contemporary perspective to understand its different uses, from the documentation of the work to the expression of one's artistic language. The first part of the course teaches to analyse the context, develop the spirit of observation, and relate to the story and the reportage; the second part is dedicated to acquiring technical skills. Part of the work to be carried out will be related to creating an original personal photographic project, developing the skills associated with storytelling and storytelling by images.

      • Shooting Techniques I

        40h - 4 CFA

        The course provides the fundamental elements of the use of light and the principal shooting systems on the professional market, starting from the ability to distinguish between different styles and genres to the honing of skills through intensive workshops in lighting, optics and direction of photography, dedicated to the various cameras and the main camera handling systems such as drones, stabilisers and dollies.

      • Direction I

        80h - 8 CFA

        The course provides the basic orientation to video design techniques, referring to the different visual cultures in the current market and from a historical perspective. Through workshops and group and individual exercises, the course capitalises on the different skills necessary to construct a video, simultaneously acquired in the modules dedicated to photography, sound and editing; it guides the student, step by step, towards the director's managerial, organisational, and authorial skills.

      • Introduction

        The second year of the course, on the solid theoretical and methodological bases acquired during the first year, defines the student's awareness of the audiovisual professions through a dense succession of workshops run by experienced professionals in the sector, always accompanied by the further study of the various theoretical, aesthetic and historical approaches. In particular, the activity during the second year is related to the management of the set and the workflow of fiction and the direction of acting, alongside that of the camera; in parallel, it introduces the most advanced video editing software, responsible for the management of colour correction and motion graphics, and opens up to the 3D modelling environment.

      • Style, history of the art and the costume

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course provides the student with the knowledge needed to insert audiovisuals into a more complex system of styles, trends and cultural currents between the twentieth century and the new millennium. In particular, it explores the very close links between the different aesthetics of audiovisual and other fields of expression, from fashion to advertising, from architecture to the applied arts.

      • Creative Writing II

        36h - 6 CFA

        Building on the storytelling skills achieved through the first-year module, the course introduces the student to the specific of writing for the screen. Through a complete overview of the methodological principles of narratology, it trains on the conventions and practices of screenwriting, reviewing strategies, formats and relationships between the scriptwriter and the other figures managing the creative genesis of a video.

      • Video editing II

        60h - 6 CFA

        After mastering editing tools, the course introduces the computer environment dedicated to finalisation and animated graphics through a complete exploration of Adobe After Effects and Da Vinci Resolve software. The course is articulated through a series of practical exercises that will address the different styles and approaches to graphic animation: vectorial, illustrative and textual, and the essential elements of advanced post-production, such as colour correction, conforming, and the treatment of green screen footage.
        Adobe After Effects Software, Da Vinci Resolve.

      • 3D Digital modelling techniques

        40h - 4 CFA

        The course introduces the computer environment of three-dimensional modelling of figures, objects and characters through the exploration of Cinema 4D, one of the leading computer interfaces dedicated to the sector. The module constitutes a significant turning point in the professional preparation of the student because it opens and extends the range of skills acquired over the three years to the management of virtual environments and characters, whose integration into the shot is increasingly a practice acquired by many types of high-end videos, from cinema to advertising.
        Software: Cinema 4D.

      • Organisation and production of media art

        36h - 6 CFA

        Alongside the practices of the set and post-production professions traditionally associated with creativity, the course explores the aspects of project management and the management and organisation of the audiovisual production process. By examining the roles and practices of executive production, the course provides the student with a complete overview of the "behind the scenes" and focuses on the critical role and strategies of the producer, that is, the one who holds the strategic decisions relating to any video project in progress.

      • Audiovisual documentation techniques

        60h - 6 CFA

        Consistent with the other modules of the second year, mainly dedicated to acquiring professional skills related to creating fiction products, the production workshop is devoted to the writing, organisation, shooting and editing of an original web series, entirely produced by student teams.

      • Photography II

        40h - 4 CFA

        From the theoretical and practical notions already addressed in the first-year module, the course introduces the professional aspects of photography, deepening the exploration of the different lighting, composition and shooting styles at the service of the various professional fields, translating the technical skills acquired into sophisticated storytelling strategies. In addition, the module addresses the role of the photographer concerning possible professional outlets, from photojournalism to advertising.

      • Shooting Techniques II

        60h - 6 CFA

        The course focuses entirely on intensive workshops in the studio and the outdoor set; it is dedicated to acquiring the skills of the screenplay supervisor and the assistant director, crucial figures in managing the set for any video. In detail, the course addresses the main tools to organise and manage audiovisual continuity, such as work plans, agendas, shooting lists, storyboards, and editing bulletins, along with the rules and practices of continuity in the film story, from directional and gaze connections to the management of field overlap.

      • Direction II

        80h - 8 CFA

        The aspects of directing course are refined and deepened in this course. In particular, the module details the relationships between the director and the other professional figures, examining the work practices in use in the various types of production. Moreover, while the first-year course focuses on directing related to documentary and live storytelling, the second one identifies and deepens, through practical workshops, the directing techniques related to fiction and the management of screenplay acting.

      • Introduction

        The third year of the Videomaking course is dedicated to professional specialisation. Divided into two main branches, it gives the student full awareness of their expressive and technical means, guaranteeing a fast and serene insertion into the complex professional video industry. The first branch of training is dedicated to the most advanced techniques of visual effects, compositing and integration between filming and sets and virtual characters; the second branch is dedicated to transmediality, the relationships between video and the Web and the forms of project management and financing of self-production. Together, the two paths aim to consolidate the student's portfolio, capitalising on the activities carried out in previous years in quality products to which they can add their signature.

      • Media Art Organisation and Production

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course is dedicated to an exhaustive overview of the economic and management mechanisms that characterise the professional practice of the videomaker: it deals with the basic contracting and the system that regulates the professional activity to make the student able to operate in the labour market with full awareness of their rights and duties. Alongside, the course examines the primary funding sources for video self-production, from crowdfunding to online fundraising.

      • Sociology of New Media

        36h - 6 CFA

        The transmedia design strategies are at the centre of the course, through a theoretical examination of the basic principles of transmedia communication to the realisation of a complex project work, which sees the use of video as a tile of a complex narrative mosaic, articulated through online and offline publishing platforms.

      • Direction III

        80h - 8 CFA

        In the light of the advanced skills acquired in the third year and based on those capitalised in previous years, the course proposes the creation of a complex short film, characterised by an original script, live-action scenes and integration with totally virtual sequences, with the use of digital set design and 3D characters: as a sum of all the expressive skills and techniques learned, it ensures the student a solid portfolio, alongside a highly professionalising experience.

      • Creative Writing III

        36h - 6 CFA

        The course opens the panorama of the audiovisual professions to writing specialised in new media, addressing the relationship between the old trade of screenwriter and that of copywriter specialised in the expression on the Internet, for social networks and for all the complex and interactive platforms on which a video is distributed today.

      • Sound design

        80h - 8 CFA

        With an in-depth part dedicated to musical composition, the course constitutes a thorough preparation for the expressive sound aspects of a video. Alongside the exploration of sound recording techniques and sound management software, it includes a dense succession of workshops related to the audio mixing and the balance between soundtrack, sound and live sound recording on set, which will be carried out at professional dubbing and mixing studios.

      • Editing Techniques

        60h - 6 CFA

        Through an exhaustive exploration of Nuke software, the course introduces the student to the techniques of photorealistic compositing, tracking, the integration of 3D modelling with on-set footage, and all the more advanced procedures that characterise today's visual effects industry for the cinema and television.
        Software: Nuke

      • 3D Rendering

        60h - 6 CFA

        The course, building on the skills acquired in the second year on 3D modelling software, investigates digital lighting, texturing, movement and the various steps that connect this design area with the video. The course aims to provide a multidisciplinary approach to 3D, relating it to other visual arts, such as photography, cinematography and pictorial art.

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