A THREE-DAY SCIENCE FICTION WORKSHOP
ABOUT THE EVENT:
The SCI-FI-FACTORY will teach you how to realise your science fiction ideas on film. We also look at literature, comics, gaming and other media that embraces the genre. Over the three days we will look at story, practical and CG effects and will be making a short film as we go. We also look at how science fiction crosses over with other clearly defined genres like Horror and Fantasy, in short; if you want to make sci-fi, come visit the factory!
WHY A SCI-FI SCHOOL:
We’ve met so many filmmakers that say they don’t make science fiction because of budget issues or lack of other resources.
Our belief is that science fiction can be made for any kind of budget and in fact, big budgets don’t always make good films, especially in this genre. We want to arm creatives with tools to help them consider science fiction for their next project. We want them to think differently about what science fiction can be and sometimes what it is not. Over three days we will take you on a journey into the unknown and blow away some mis-conceptions.
Over the three days the school will feature workshops, master classes, interactive sessions and practical demonstrations that will show you how easily you can create amazing films on budgets of all sizes.
There will be plenty of opportunity to network and share ideas and tips over the three days. We will also hold networking drinks on each night. Don't forget we will also be making a short sf film as we go. You will all have input into this and be able to take have a copy for future reference.
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING:
The school runs Wed 1 November – Fri 3 November 2017. We will also be running a 'pop-up' sci fi festival at EXP and you are welcome to attend the event and all screenings as part of your course fee. The festival runs Fri 3 – Sun 5 November.
WHERE DOES IT HAPPEN:
The school takes place at EXP, Dace Road, London E3 2NQ and the screenings at Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Road E15 1BX EXP is a gamer’s paradise hidden away in the back streets of East London right by a canal. An old factory that is full of computers and consoles, has a great outdoor space and plenty of table-top games on hand. There is a dedicated screening room for us to show films and places to break-out for coffee and chat.
WHAT DOES IT COST:
The three day school and screenings costs £600.00. The fee includes all tuition and materials, access to recordings of the sessions on our website after the event, a certificate of completion and a buffet lunch for three days and afternoon refreshments. Students and other concessionaire discounts are available. And don’t forget the early bird offers being announced soon!
WHO CAN ATTEND:
The school is open to anyone over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world. No experience is necessary but a basic knowledge of film-making is desirable. We won’t spend a lot of time on regular ‘filmmaking’ techniques – you should already know how to shoot, edit and so on. However, we will look at pre-production, production and post but everything will have a sci-fi slant to it.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS:
SCI-FI-LONDON have been running an annual film festival for 17 years and a 48-hour film challenge for 9 years. The challenge’s first winner was Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One) and also lays claim to the first film film that Daisy Ridley ever starred in. With over 1200 films having been made for the festival, and around 800 submissions each year to the main event, SCI-FI-LONDON know there stuff.
With extensive contacts throughout the world, in film, TV, publishing, gaming and so forth, SCI-FI-LONDON spends its time promoting science fiction to a wider audience – we even won an award for the best promoters of the genre from the European SF Convention Association, EuroCon. Our partners include New Scientist, SFX, Total Film, The Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Barbican and Syfy. We also work closely with Miami, Boston and Austin’s science fiction festivals, and have worked with festivals in Korea, India and Europe.
Check out sci-fi-London.com for full details of the festival's history.
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED:
Over the three days we will look at:
Story and screenplay
World-building and backstory
Science fact and fiction
Keeping it believable and logical
Practical Set building things like cockpits and corridors
Building weapons and gadgets
Model cities, spaceships and other vehicles
Clothing and accessories
wounds and other small body modifications
alien and creature make-up
Green screen FX
Shooting on a super low budget
using a studio and virtual sets
HUDS, panels, gadgets and other motion FX
Using mattes and painting
3D and virtual craft and environments
Using stock footage
Software like HitFilm, AfterEffects, Maya etc
Fanfilms, tributes, look-a-likes
Using social media and teasers
Marketing and promotion
Release platforms (TV, Theatrical, festivals, web/VOD)
Design: Web, film poster, social cards – how you present your movie matters
Pre-production, actual production and post, discussing things that make science fiction easier to deliver.
Alongside this we will show clips plenty of examples demonstrating how to make low budget science fiction.
There will be a chance to pitch your ideas to each other and chat about your projects and at 3pm each day, fresh cookies and coffee to rev’ you up, followed by a short film screening to whet your appetite before the final sessions.
We will also have sessions on literature, self-publishing, comic/graphic novels, gaming, VR, AR and 360 – looking at how your sci-fi project might exploit other media. There will also be partners at the school showing off their latest kit and talking about production workflows and best practise.