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First year of PÖFF Black Room brought together international masters of Art Department
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Egle Loor

The year 2020 brought many innovations to Industry@Tallinn along with new developments of the program. Among them was PÖFF Black Room which dives into the wonders of cinema’s visual language. The program is dedicated to Art Department and sets out to deepen the knowledge about the unique craft that combines art, design, architecture and a lot of intrepid creativity.

PÖFF Black Room’s program is created both for film enthusiasts and professionals. One week full of masterclasses and workshops opened a fascinating perspective to filmmaking through production design. The program was created in collaboration with European Film Academy which brought together world-renowned masters of the Art Department as PÖFF Black Room mentors.

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From left: Mentors of Black Room Maria Djurkovic, Simon Weisse and Jacqueline Abrahams.

The first program was led by award-winning production designers Jacqueline Abrahams Jacqueline Abrahams and Maria Djurkovic and the grandmaster of miniature models Simon Weisse. Each of the three mentors gave a virtual masterclass to accredited attendants of Industry@Tallinn and carried out workshops for the selected six production designers. The program also included a unique panel „Lost in translation? Visual story development from script to screen” by Variety and masterclass of brand identity for independent filmmakers.

The selected participants of PÖFF Black Room’s training program valued most „the interactiveness and „the thoroughness of the workshop and the level of expertise of the mentors.” The training program is created for experienced production designers who attended the workshops as seminars where everybody is expected to add to the discussions. The six selected production designers were from Germany, Romania and Estonia. In 2021 the training program will be held the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Scribing of Jacqueline Abrahams’ masterclass

Jacqueline Abrahams is an award-winning production designer known for Lady Macbeth (2016), The Lobster (2015) and The Look of Love (2013).

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by Katerina Balakina @xrenobl on Instagram, katerina.xrenobl on Facebook)

Scribing of Simon Weisse’s masterclass

Simon Weisse is the master of miniature models for cinema and known for The Matrix 4 (filming, 2022), Isle of Dogs (2017) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

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by Katerina Balakina @xrenobl on Instagram, katerina.xrenobl on Facebook)

Scribing of Karen K Burns’ masterclass

Karen K Burns is a co-founder and manager of Visory.ai, known for working on Hollywood A-Class films. Created in collaboration with Tallinn Creative Incubator.

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by Katerina Balakina @xrenobl on Instagram, katerina.xrenobl on Facebook)

Scribing of Maria Djurkovic’s masterclass

Maria Djurkovic is an award-winning production designer known for The Imitation Game (2014), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Mamma mia! (2008).

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by Katerina Balakina @xrenobl on Instagram, katerina.xrenobl on Facebook)