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2019 EU in Jamaica Short Film Competition Workshop a Hit!

24/10/2019 - 22:21
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Jamaican director and cinematographer, Gabrielle Blackwood, presented on cinematography; scriptwriting consultant, Blanca Escoda, from Spain introduced the participants to storytelling and film editor Cédric Zoenen from Belgium taught basics in editing. 

As promised, the 25 finalists in the EU in Jamaica environment-themed short film competition were treated to an intensive but highly productive workshop on October 19, 2019. The event was divided into three sessions - storytelling, cinematography and editing/post-production - and delivered by experts in the areas. 

Jamaican director and cinematographer, Gabrielle Blackwood, presented on cinematography; scriptwriting consultant, Blanca Escoda, from Spain introduced the participants to storytelling and film editor Cédric Zoenen from Belgium taught basics in editing. 

Gabrielle Blackwood (3rd left), award-winning Jamaican director and cinematographer, demonstrating how basic composition rules using a DSLR camera can enhance visual story-telling to finalists in the EU in Jamaica environment-themed short film competition at a workshop on October 19 at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew. From left: Jahvar McLean; Joshua Gordon; Nasharn McFarlane and Latanya Martin.

 

The workshop was held at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew and was mandatory for all participants. The finalists will now have a month to produce 3-5 minute films on the theme "My environment: a heritage to be protected".  The winner will be announced on December 12. First prize (Best Film) is a trip to Europe to participate in a filmmaking course.

In feedback following the workshop, many of the participants said they welcomed the hands-on approach especially because majority of them have little to no experience in filmmaking. 

Organisers of the EU in Jamaica environment-themed short film competition with facilitators who conducted a workshop on October 19 with the 25 finalists at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew. From left: Jovan Johnson (Asst. Press Officer, EU in Jamaica); Blanca Escoda (Spanish scriptwriting consultant); Justine Henzell (film producer); Gabrielle Blackwood (cinematographer and director); Cédric Zoenen (Belgian film editor); Althea Buchanan (Press & Information Officer, EU in Jamaica) and Analisa Chapman (President of the Jamaica Film and Television Association).

 

Finalists in the EU in Jamaica environment-themed short film competition explore the features of a DSLR camera during a workshop on October 19 at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew. From left: Amanda-Jo Anderson; Nathan Bennett and Kemanie Boothe.

 

Cédric Zoenen, Belgian film editor and workshop facilitator, answers a query from Jana Mason, a finalist in the EU in Jamaica short film competition. 

 

Below: Scriptwriting consultant, Blanca Escoda, from Spain is being quizzed by finalist, Latanya Martin. 

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