| Izz Karim |
A DRAMA Directing Workshop for Television, held at the Radio Televisyen Brunei Broadcasting Development Centre in Madang, concluded on November 2014.
The workshop was a continuation of the Drama Script Writing for TV Workshop held previously.
Twenty-four participants attended the workshop from various production houses in the country, a good blend of experienced and new participants in the sector of TV production.
The workshop stressed that to be a good director, a thorough preparation is essential before any filming can be done by the crew. Called pre-production, the director’s work is not done until filming is completed. The process of post-production then ensues where complete attention to detail is needed.
The sections touched included master break down, location break down, shooting schedule, daily run, and the forming of a story board, the utilisation of Single Camera Production (SCP) and Multiple Camera Production (MCP), production levels, basic principle of filming, movement of camera, directing styles, editing and others.
The participants were divided into four groups as they viewed examples of filming to understand its basic principles.
At the first day of workshop, the participants had discussion sessions on various topics that included finance and budgeting, script and acting, casting and others.
The next few days included Pass The Thing (without dialogue) that used only five frames of film, presenting a story with dialogue that lasted not more than two minutes, and generating a film from a two-part story.
Firdaus Hanif, the facilitator of the workshop from Malaysia, is known for drama direction and production of TV advertisements. He is a graduate of Akademi Filem Malaysia (AFM) and New York Film Academy (NYFA).