Blue Nile Film Academy

A film academy, based in Addis Ababa, offering instruction in camera use, lighting, editing, production and script writing.

The academy was founded in 2010 by Ethiopian director of photography Abraham Haile.

Ethiopian Film Makers Train in Burkina Faso

Ethiopian filmmakers train at Imagine Institute in Burkina Faso.

Gaston Kaboré generously welcomed six Ethiopian students at the Imagine FilmTraining Institute in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January – February 2009.

HD & FILMMAKING 2009

HD & Film Making 2009South Africa producer Pascal Schmitz provided HD filmmaking training to Ethiopian filmmakers 6 – 8 May 2009, at Addis Ababa University. The short masterclass course was attended by some 40 camera operators, sound engineers, editors as well as teachers Addis Ababa University, the Ethiopian film associations, film production houses, and Addis Ababa Tourism and Culture Bureau.

 

Day 1 : PRE PRODUCTION

Pre-Production and format choice: Why it’s important to choose your format during pre-production.

HD Formats: Definition of HD. Different HD formats and what differentiates them in size, compression and data rate. Blu-Ray.

HD Cameras: Different brands and what formats they do. Advantages and disadvantages of using HD Cameras.

Script Writing/ Celtx: Free Celtx software as an aid for script writing. Script as a production tool.

Budgeting: Australian film website with great budget templates.

 

Day 2 : PRODUCTION / ON SET

Lighting: Basic lighting techniques for HD.

Grips: Grips applicable for HD gear. Basic grips overview.

Camera Dept.: Camera accessories(filters, focus assist, monitors, focus pulling). Depth of field and lensing.

Sound recording: Sound recording on set for HD shoots (radio mics, samoosas, minidisc, buzz tracks, rfile mic and boom).

Crew: Set ethics and protocol. Roles on set.

Location: Impact of good locations. Practicality of locations. Unit manager.

 

Day 3 : POST PRODUCTION

HD editing software: Different software on the market for editing HD.

Grading in HD: Basics of grading in HD. Shooting for the grade.

Troubleshooting and methodology: Audio sync issues. HD workflow in tape and card format.

Editing techniques: Basic editing techniques for film and video production.

Final Mix: Final mix workflow and audio techniques (ADR, Foley, Buzz tracks).

Ethiopians filmmakers train in Burkina Faso 2009

Ethiopian filmmakers train at Imagine Institute in Burkina Faso.

Gaston Kaboré generously welcomed six Ethiopian students at the Imagine FilmTraining Institute in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January – February 2009. 

Supported by EFI Advisors Rod Stoneman from Huston School of Film & Digital  Media and former BBC executive producer Keith Bowers, the film students produced 3 newsreels during FESPACO, the pan- African film festival held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso last March. Fast, colourful and dynamic newsreels show the films, events, film-makers, debates, as well as the social and cultural dimensions of the festival as they took place. It was screened on television, in cinemas, in hotels and on www.dailymotion.com.

 
See their videos here.