Behind the scenes

2013-07-12 00:00

MOST entertainers and would-be performers are familiar with the “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players...” quote by playwright William Shakespeare.

One wonders what he would think of the role that modern technology plays these days in the world of films and movie-making.

A large over-subscribed group of high-school pupils attended a workshop last week on the Durban campus of AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), in Glen Anil, to find out.

The teenagers were introduced to a variety of essential practical skills which are needed in the world of cinematography, such as production, directing and visual effects, just to name a few.

An entire day was spent learning more about what goes on behind the scenes, whether it be acting, filmmaking or television productions.

There were practical demonstrations, master-classes and exercises and the groups were also set a task of working from a script and shooting a short film.

When Fever peeped in on the “work in progress” there was much “Lights, Camera” and “Action” to be heard.

Milena Gevers, marketing officer for AFDA, said the holiday workshop had been “very successful and was actually over-subscribed.”

An Open Day on the campus at 2a Highdale Road, Glen Anil is planned for Saturday, 3 August from 10am to midday.

Prospective students, parents, guardians, teachers and the public are invited to attend. There will be an opportunity to tour the campus, observe demonstrations in various departments, watch performances by students and/or schedule interviews with an HOD, lecturer or other staff.

Call Gevers at 031 569 2252 for more information or go to or look for afda.filmschool on facebook or AFDA_FilmSchool on Twitter.

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