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Black Room

Black Room

Script Breakdown for the Art Department

22-25 November 2021

About

Black Room is a masterclass course that offers extensive knowledge and practical skills necessary to design visually impactful cinematic worlds. The masterclass course comprises in-depth training for 5 production designers and film industry professionals who want to further their knowledge about visual storytelling.

The 2021 programme explores the fundamental craft behind a successful production design — script breakdown. Black Room will bring together two outstanding production designers who will mentor the 4-day course. The international masterclass takes place in Tallinn and is held in English.

The mentors of this year’s programme are production designers Sabine Hviid (Another Round) from Denmark and Christian Olander (Tom of Finland) from Sweden. The programme presents two open lectures by the mentors for everyone with Industry PRO accreditation. The following workshops and case studies are for the selected 6 Black Room participants only.

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Programme

How to turn written stories into affective images? The participants of Black Room will learn versatile ways to approach the film script in order to break it down into elements, tasks, budgets and impactful visuals.

The course comprises lectures, workshops and case studies by production designers Sabine Hviid and Christian Olander who will share their professional knowledge based on their work on „Another Round” and „Tom of Finland” among other outstanding remarkable production designs.

For example Christian Olander elaborates the work behind „Tom of Finland '' which production took place in five different time periods and was filmed in five different countries. He discusses the challenge of creating a strong visual world in this circumstance and his aim to adapt in the best possible way to the script, schedule and location changes which occurred on every shoot.

Elaborated script breakdown for the art department is crucial to derive film’s thematic elements, emotional tones, mood-board, visual arcs, necessary research and locations, plus technical requirements together with set dressing and props. A thoroughly analysed script lays a strong ground for great communication and collaboration with other film departments.

Additionally, Black Room participants will gain an Industry PRO accreditation granting access to the Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event online programme, plus online screenings from Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’s various competition programmes.

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Open lectures

Black Room offers two open lectures by this year’s mentors Sabine Hviid and Christian Olander. The time zone of the open lectures is Eastern European Time (EET).

Open Lecture by production designer Sabine Hviid

22 November, Monday 14:00 — 15:00
Participation with any Industry accreditation
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus and online streaming via Elisa Stage

Production designer of „Another Round” and „The Penultimate” discusses method designing as an effective approach to establish the visual language of your project.

S. Hviid: „Just like a method actor seeks to encourage an authentic performance through a process of identifying a characters inner life and experiencing being, I believe a similar method can be applied to how one approaches designing a space. A room is nothing without the history and layers of a character. Therefore there is great value in getting to understand those characters, who inhabit your spaces, as deeply as possible. This is how I begin my work on narrative projects.”

Open lecture by production designer Christian Olander

24 November, Wednesday 11:00 — 12:00
Participation with any Industry accreditation
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus and online streaming via Elisa Stage

Production designer of „Tom of Finland” and „The Master Plan” discusses the challenges that continuously evolving and changing script creates for the Art Department and the whole production crew.

C. Olander: „The script continues to evolve during pre-production and filming. How does the art department deal with all the changes and hurdles that come with script revisions during prep and shooting? How to work with and around the changes? The lecture discusses how the production designer has to adapt during the pre-production location settings with the scripts. The modifications occur often due to the changing shooting schedule or varying budget necessities. The lecture is based on my experiences and focuses on the art department, namely set dressing and props.”

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Schedule

The time zone for the schedule is Eastern European Time (EET).

Monday, 22 November

14:00 — 15:00 Open lecture by production designer Sabine Hviid
Participation with Industry Accreditation
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Arcturus and online streaming via Elisa Stage

16:00 — 18:00 Case Study by Sabine Hviid
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

Tuesday, 23 November

11:00 — 13:00 Workshop by Sabine Hviid
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

14:00 — 16:00 Workshop by Sabine Hviid
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

Wednesday, 24 November

11:00 — 12:00 Open lecture by production designer Christian Olander
Participation with Industry Accreditation
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum and online streaming via Elisa Stage

13:00 — 15:00 Case Study by Christian Olander
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

Thursday, 25 November

11:00 — 13:00 Workshop by Christian Olander
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

14:00 — 16:00 Workshop by Christian Olander
For Black Room participants only
Location: Nordic Hotel Forum, room Wolf

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