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Pontio Cinema Young Person’s Film School

Pontio Cinema Young Person’s Film School

Mon 1 - Tue 2 , Thu 4 - Fri 5 November 2021

A series of four interactive 90-minute lectures and film screenings that explore different aspects of film culture and film understanding, aimed at young people ages 16-24 years old. These lectures and screenings will take place in person at Pontio Bangor. Book onto one or all four events!  

Monday 1 November: Film Language 
Tuesday 2 November: Film History 
Thursday 4 November : The Role of a Director 
Friday 5 November: Editing Techniques   

10.15am – Registration (11.15am for Tuesday's session) 
10.30am - Interactive Lecture (11.30am for Tuesday's session) 
12.00pm - Break (1pm for Tuesday's session) 
12.30pm - Film Screening (1.30pm for Tuesday's session)
2.30pm ends (3.30pm for Tuesday's session)

Monday 1 November: Film Language
10.30am – 2.30pm

This interactive lecture seeks to answer the question: What is Film Language? Using a variety of clips, and through individual exercises and group discussion, the lecture will explore how meaning is created through the placing together of moving images and sound, and how different genres utilise film language in different ways. Participants will gain an insight into how a film is constructed, will develop their critical understanding of film, and will be able talk about film using a wider and more informed critical vocabulary.

Tuesday 2 November: Film History 
11.30am – 3.30pm

The first film was made over 120 years ago. Over the years, the advancement of film and the development of film language and technology has created certain important milestones in the Story of Cinema: the use of sound, the move to colour, the use of montage, the inclusion of stop motion animation as special effects, digital effects and the development of 4D cinema. In this session participants will explore these major milestones and watch clips to support their learning. Participants will be encouraged to create their own film history, and consider cinema in a global context. 

Thursday 4 November: The Role of a Director 
10.30am – 2.30pm

Certain Directors have very specific styles that make their work easily identifiable - they become 'Auteur': Wes Anderson's colour palette, the animation style and themes of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the gothic fairytale style of Tim Burton. The filmmaking process is a collaborative process and a Director needs to be able to work with actors, as well as camera, lighting and sound operators. This interactive lecture explores the role of the Director and acts as an introduction to Auteur theory through the viewing and discussion of iconic scenes from a range of films.

Friday 5 November: Editing Techniques 
10.30am – 2.30pm

Editing is the final creative part of the filmmaking process. Adding sound and sound effects to shot footage can hugely influence the look and feel of a film. During this Interactive Lecture participants will explore how editing is used to dictate the pace and rhythm of a film. They will consider the post-production process as a whole and will also discuss foley, sound editing, and special effects. As with all lectures in this series the lecture will be supported by film clips, individual exercises and group discussion.  

A limited amount of bursaries are available for young people who wish to attend a lecture but live in a low-income household. These are allocated on a first come first served basis. To request a bursary please email: 

This activity is part of the UK-wide BFI Film Academy programme and is supported using funds from the National Lottery.


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Each session costs £10pp / Mae pob sesiwn yn costio £10 y pen

£35 if you book onto all four sessions 

After booking, you'll receive an e-ticket to your email inbox. Please bring this with you to the workshop.

If you have specific access requirements, please email learning@chapter.org

For ticket queries, please email ticketing@chapter.org

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