Discover how to find great characters in true stories
In the audiovisual world, many times, false testimonial is used for fear of not finding interesting and exciting stories that connect with the viewer; However, it is enough to know how to listen and understand people to discover good stories. That's what David R. Romay specializes in -writer and director of film and advertising- who is inspired by people who have great challenges to overcome in life, but also those who deal with small battles on a daily basis.
In this course he will teach you his method to find interesting characters with stories worthy of being heard and he will show you his creative process and methodology for making interviews, creating testimonies that, telling real stories, get excited.
About this course
You will begin by getting to know David's work, who will tell you how he began his career as a screenwriter and director and will talk about which directors inspire him most.
David will explain the importance of having people and real stories, instead of actors, in a testimonial work. In addition, you will know how, having clear the intentions of your work, will help you to define better how and where to find its protagonists.
You will learn the fundamental keys to relate to the characters of your testimonial: knowing their environment, the first interview, etc.
You will also see what type of material you need for this type of pieces and David will give you some advice to counteract the lack of technical equipment with a good history.
Finally, you will learn to select the most important elements within the piece, highlighting the most emotional moments that will give strength to the final footage.
What is this course's project?
You will make a brief and emotional testimonial piece in which you will tell a story that will allow you to discover the social reality of its protagonist.
Who is it for?
To professionals and students of communication, advertising, film, journalism or any other discipline that are looking for new ways to tell emotional stories with real and inspiring people.
What you need
No prior knowledge is necessary. With regard to the materials, you will only need a video camera -which can be your mobile phone-, a tripod and a computer with some editing program (there are some free video editing software).
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His work as a scriptwriter and director, which he has been developing for more than a decade, has led him to work for commercial brands such as Coca-Cola, HSBC, Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Pfizer, Volkswagen or Televisa, among others. However, it is in the documentary field in which David R. Romay moves with greater ease. In 2005, he produced the documentary Toro Negro , which won numerous awards at international film festivals such as San Sebastian, Toronto, Rotterdam, Havana and Cannes.
In addition, he has directed and written documentaries for Clio TV (the producer of the historian Enrique Krauze) and, in 2010, he wrote and directed several chapters of the documentary series Heroes de Carne y Hueso , premiered on the occasion of the bicentennial of the independence. In 2012 he co-directed and co-wrote the documentary Oro, the day that everything changed , a film that tells the story of the Olympic football team, which won the gold medal in London 2012 and, it has become one of the most watched sports documentaries in Mexico.
In the field of fiction, he highlights A solas , a short film premiered at the 2009 Morelia Festival and winner of the Best Actor Award at Short Shorts México. And the recent premiere, at the Shanghai Film Festival 2018, of his first feature film: Behind the Mountain .