For the eighteenth time young cinema professionals and university students from all over the Globe will gather at the Lithuanian seaside town of Nida. During an intensive two-week workshop Summer Media Studio (SMS) they will start a discussion about interactive dance in film. The workshop will begin on the 20th of June and will last until the 2nd of July.
The workshop is organized by Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
INTERACTIVE DANCE IN FILM:
SMS 2016 will provide a unique opportunity for filmmakers and dance practitioners to explore the crossover of cinematic techniques, dance, choreography and editing. During the workshop professional tutors will introduce to the meaning of interactive dance and will guide all attendees during the workshop. The workshop will include the use of AR or Augmented Reality. Through combination of lectures, screenings and film shooting participants will learn to work in international teams in order to make their own short interactive dance film. With an assistance of industry professionals and lecturers 5 international shooting crews will accomplish 5 short films.
WHEN AND WHERE?
SMS 2016 will take a place from 20th of June till 2nd of July, 2016 in Neringa (city of Nida ), Lithuania. Neringa is one of the most beautiful resort areas at the Baltic seaside. It‘s an exceptional place of recreation with unique nature and specific culture, which inspired and continues to inspire artists throughout the world. Curonian Spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a site of cultural landscapes that has many natural and cultural values. It‘s an exceptional place for recreation with unique nature and specific culture, which inspired and continues to inspire artists throughout the world. SMS participants will shoot their short films in Neringa region.
Participants of the workshop will be accommodated in new artist residency Nida Art Colony
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Workshop is open to film schools students and young professionals that already have a degree, industry beginners. Each crew will include producer, director/scriptwriter, cinematographer, sound designer, film composer, editor, dancers/actors, choreographer.
- have an education and/or practical experience of the particular position he/she applies for
- be highly motivated to work in international crews and unusual locations
- be able to communicate in English, as English is the official working language of SMS
- send the application form and all annexes required before May 27th, 2016
- application form
- letter of motivation (min. 200 words)
- synopsis for a short film which will be shot during the workshop in Neringa, Lithuania. A minnimum 1500 characters required for script writers and directors, optional for others
- Curriculum Vitae
Participant fee is 360 euros. This fee covers accommodation, daily meals, lectures and travel costs from Vilnius to Nida and from Nida to Vilnius. This payment should be done by the participant not later than a week before official workshop beginning.
Grants are available for the most motivated applicants.
Application period – from 18th of April to 27th of May, 2016. Participants are able to participate as directors/scriptwriters, dancers, choreographers, cinematographers, sound designers, producers, editors or composers.
Selection criteria: audiovisual education, theoretical and technical knowledge, practical experience, strong motivation, interest in visual solution of a film, ability to work in international teams. For directors and scriptwriters quality of synopsis is the most important selection criteria.
TUTORS & SEMINARS
Summer Media Studio (SMS) will be held with an assistance of two experienced tutors who will guide participants through all stages of short filmmaking. Tutors will share their own experiences and good practice, will help participants to develop, plan and make creative ideas coming true.
Jeannette Ginslov is a specialist in Dance on Screen: filmmaker, researcher, curator and facilitator for AR, Screen & the Internet. She has an MSc Media Arts & Imaging – Screendance from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee, Scotland (Distinction) and an MA Speech and Drama – Choreography from Rhodes University South Africa. She is Director of Screendance Africa (Pty) Ltd Cape Town, Online Producer for MoveStream and is Videographer for the AR &Screendance Research Project AffeXity (2011-present). She is currently a part-time lecturer in Dance and Technology at The Space, Dundee, Scotland.
As an independent filmmaker she works across several media platforms – the body, screen, mobile devices and the Internet. She directs, shoots and edits her screendance works for online production, single screen events, installations and social media. The works center around affect, the moving body and its digital materiality. She produces documentaries, teasers and trailers. Her AR (Augmented Reality) and screendance works investigate somatic memory across bodies and networked mobile devices.
She has over thirty years experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director and has won countless awards, commissions, grants and bursaries for her research and practice.
Helena Jonsdottir studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies at Alvin Ailey, New York. She has performed in and choreographed countless productions for television, film, music videos and the stages. Helena has also written, choreographed and directed many dance films, including Breaking voices (2002) and Zimmer which won the IV. Videotanzpreis 2003/2004 of SK StiftungKultur in Cologne.
Besides being recognized internationally the last years for her work in Scandinavia, UK and USA – in 2003 she was nominated as Best Choreographer at the Music Video Production Association Awards, Los Angeles – Helena Jonsdottir has been highly respected in Iceland for many years as one of the leading contemporary choreographers, both for television and stage.
Open Source won the first prize in the Icelandic Dance/Theatre awards in June 2003. Since then Helena has further developed the piece and made an Irish version of it, which was premièred at the Galway Arts Festival 2004. Helena has also created a new full-length version of Open Source for the Iceland Dance Company at the Reykjavík City Theatre in 2005. The piece deals with the idea. Whose is the idea? Every individual is influenced by everything and everyone, and has at the same time the possibility to influence others.
Vesta Grabštaitė is a teacher, actress, choreographerand director. In 2005 she earned her Master’s of Theatre Arts degree in directing from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. She also underwent unique training in improvisational movement at the Improvisational Theatrein Moscow under the direction of OlegKiselev. She has been very fortunate to studythe Suzuki Method of Actor Trainingon several occasions under the supervision of Tadashi Suzuki in Toga, Japan since 1990. Additionally, she has studied traditional Okinawan dance (Ryukyu Buyo) at the Okinawa Dance Research Institute, Naha.
Grabštaitė’s theatre productions and choreography work in opera were nominated numerous times for the Golden Stage Cross award (the major national theatre award of Lithuania). Since 1993 she has worked as an actress in the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. In addition, she collaborates with the renowned OskarasKoršunovas Theatreon various international theatre projects as an actress and choreographer.
Since 1992 Ms. Grabštaitė has been professor of theatre and drama in the Department of Theatre and Cinema at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, where she lectures on the acting methods of OlegKiselev and Tadashi Suzuki.In addition, she teaches at a number of international workshops and theatre education institutions.