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Testimonials

 

What people say about Florence International Film School:


 

Laura Cheves: Internship


The programme was for 8 weeks and when I arrived we hit the ground running. We worked on a promo video for a client, and filmed two documentaries while I was there. We started by planning the projects and working on scripts and storyboards, and we progressed to filming quickly. I had the opportunity to use high quality industry equipment and by the end of the programme I felt really comfortable with all of it. During my stay in Italy I also had time to write and explore the city for inspiration as well. At the end of the internship I felt more confident in my technical abilities and in myself. I think this experience will be invaluable to the progression of my career. Thank you Elizabeth, you have been an inspiration!

 

 

I chose the FIFS Intensive 4 week program in Florence because it promised to be a hands-on course, in Florence, Italy the best place in the world to get an inspiration and to increase you creative abilities.

The idea of the course is to create your own short film going through all the stages - idea, script, storyboard, casting, location scouting, planning, scheduling, shooting, finding the music, draft editing, dubbing and final editing.
During the course I was able to get all the help I needed from my mentor. For example, I am not experienced in directing and editing, so we spent time studying all this. The program is very flexible. You're constantly in touch with your mentor and you can taylor the program to your own needs.
Finally I completed the film, that was my own work and for me it is first step to developing confidence in my creative abilities because it helps me very much by producing my work.
During the course I was able to get all the help I needed from my mentor. For example, I am not experienced in directing and editing, so we spent time studying all this. The program is very flexible. You're constantly in touch with your mentor and you can taylor the program to your own needs.
Finally I completed the film, that was my own work and for me it is first step to developing confidence in my creative abilities because it helps me very much by producing my work.


Thanks to FIFS!
Anastasia Posnova
Moscow Russia



At the New Renaissance Florence Film School I had the opportunity to work through the the creative process of all aspects of film. I found new strengths of my own and got to interact with some very inspiring people.


Jamy Silver
South Africa 


I learned how to put my story into visual imagery and learned a lot about myself as an artist: to risk more and trust myself more. I never knew I could get so much out of an intensive program!

Nannette Del Carmen
Dominican Republic

 

 

Supermarkets are a peculiar place. Here, managers attract customers through a wide range of predevised, tried and tested methodologies. These include; product placement, brash advertisement and slashing prices. A new term is entering the marketing vocabulary. A term that places the emphasis back on the product. Slowly it is becoming a brand in itself, yet it merely represents the process through which the item bearing it's name came into existence. Organic.

When, in October 2006, I shopped around for a film school I very much had my eye on the organic label. The New Renaissance Florence Film School became the obvious choice for me. I was lured by the idea of creating something new and positive through an intuitive process. Through guided interaction with the inspiring artworks of the renaissance, yoga and other meditative exercises, the creator within me was magically awoken. This, coupled with the supportive environment created by both students and staff, I was able to confront my inmost fears and desires and create a vision that surpassed my wildest imagination. I discovered my undiscovered self.

Film schools are a peculiar place. What fills them is forever shaped by the spirit of those that open and those that enter it's doors. In an industry that is concentrating its efforts primarily on consumer and marketing opportunities it is comforting to know that there still remains a section, a solace in the midst of countless aisles filled with an ever increasing amount of "E's", one that places its focus on the personal, the human, the organic development of creativity.

When, in October 2006, I shopped around for a film school I very much had my eye on the organic label. The New Renaissance Florence Film School became the obvious choice for me. I was lured by the idea of creating something new and positive through an intuitive process. Through guided interaction with the inspiring artworks of the renaissance, yoga and other meditative exercises, the creator within me was magically awoken. This, coupled with the supportive environment created by both students and staff, I was able to confront my inmost fears and desires and create a vision that surpassed my wildest imagination. I discovered my undiscovered self.

Film schools are a peculiar place. What fills them is forever shaped by the spirit of those that open and those that enter it's doors. In an industry that is concentrating its efforts primarily on consumer and marketing opportunities it is comforting to know that there still remains a section, a solace in the midst of countless aisles filled with an ever increasing amount of "E's", one that places its focus on the personal, the human, the organic development of creativity.


Julian Ulrichs
Gallway, Ireland


ABOUT THE FILM:
Judgment is the process through which all humans determine the value of their actions. Artists are no different. Indeed these most sensitive of creatures are oft more susceptible to the crippling effect inflicted by this arbitrary exercise. Eye Talk was an attempt to confront this dilemma in both process and form.

The film was written, shot and edited during a six week intensive film program at the New Renaissance Film School in Florence, Italy. The first three weeks of the program were dedicated to the scriptwriting process. Under the guidance of three tutors, I wrote and rewrote the script four times. Each time a number of elements and plotlines were kept, while those that appeared contrived or superfluous were discarded. This was a painful process. The process of releasing myself from the various images and characters that I created was aided by the use of yoga and other meditative exercises. It gave me the ability to evaluate the project in a more objective, less self judgmental manner.

The script began it's life as an exploration of one man's angry confrontation with God. What it ended up being is a love story. Funnily, it was the only genre that I felt incapable of exploring before I started the program, a testament to it's value. Through carefully selected exercises that included; communicating to statues, paintings and deep meditation, the student explores avenues in the infinite depths of his or her own personal psyche. Creating with the aid of pure intuition.

The shooting process really forced the intuitive side of me. Without detailed storyboarding or an on set monitor to aid my creative decisions I was forced to handled all shots based purely on feeling. The decision to shoot only with hand held camera supported this choice. Nevertheless, it was a constant battle to accept my intuitive decision as an authoritative guide.

The story changed once more in the editing suite and after ten days of being locked away from all social existence it was complete.

The project was a challenge. A challenge that forced me to stand-up and begin to believe in what I was creating. The script started with a man's angry confrontation with God. It has ended with it's creator understanding a bit more about what it actually means to be burdened with God's responsibility. I now view it as a burden that can only be carried if one has faith in one's own ability to respond to the situations that one faces and those about which you have no prior experience are only exportable by utilizing your intuition. The process is unpredictable but the result offers what the word promises - inner learning.
Julian Ulriches
Director of Eye Talk
The Short Film Corner Cannes Film Festival


What People Say about the Spiritual Core:


These spiritual foundation worked wonders for me. The hypnotic suggestion reminds you to love yourself always, (something that we need to be reminded of everyday), and it opens you up to allowing positive changes to come into your life. Even after the first class I began to feel better about myself and my future and with time I found I was looking forward to the future, with a sense of wonder and excitement about what was going to happen to me next, instead of the fear I had been feeling before. The classes increased my self-love and positivity while decreasing my fear and negativity. The visualizations focused on increasing our energy levels. These classes gave me the helping hand I needed; gave me the energy I needed to get to a new level of being where I could begin to help myself; where I could meditate better, think more positively, be more calm. Sometimes we just need a helping hand from the outside to get us to this new level; to get past some of our karma. I would recommend these classes to everyone. They would be one of the nicest gifts you could give yourself; a gift of love."


Paula Grogan,
Freelance Writer




Peter Dulborough


Composing for films and ‘A New Dawn’

Many of my Florentine friends are students and musicians. However, I have a lot English, Irish and American friends who live and work as I do in this beautiful, historical and cultural city. One of these good friends is Elizabeth Monroy, the talented Director of the ‘New Renaissance Florence Film School’. Her incredible vision and determination inspired her to set up an international film school in the heart of Florence where she runs courses in filmmaking throughout the year.


I have been collaborating with Elizabeth and the ‘New Renaissance Florence Film School’ for a few years now. I have been involved in writing music and songs for soundtracks to the series of ‘short films’ produced by students of the school. This has been a fascinating experience for me and I have learnt a lot about the creative process of filmmaking and met a lot of interesting and talented people.
The most recent film ‘All One’ features as its soundtrack ‘An All Embracing Light’. Another very enjoyable project I worked on was the collaboration with two students at the New Renaissance Film School who produced a short film called ‘EVEolution’. The two filmmakers were Nanette Del Carmen and Jamy Silver.

I have included material kindly given to me by Nanette about this film to give a brief outline of the project.

I have included material kindly given to me by Nanette about this film to give a brief outline of the project.
Synopsis of film
‘EVEolution is a short film written and directed by Nannette Del Carmen and Jamy Silver. It's about how "Eve" has been kept in the dark and in the shadows of men for centuries. Now is the time for "Eve" to step into the light and redefined herself as a woman, can she? And will she?’

‘EVEolution is a short film written and directed by Nannette Del Carmen and Jamy Silver. It's about how "Eve" has been kept in the dark and in the shadows of men for centuries. Now is the time for "Eve" to step into the light and redefined herself as a woman, can she? And will she?’

The theme of the film
I asked Nanette for her explanation of the key themes of her EVEolution film and these are here words:
I asked Nanette for her explanation of the key themes of her EVEolution film and these are here words:
’This short film was made with the conviction that women are in fact facing a new era where they can make a huge impact on the world. Women have been kept in the dark for eons and it's time for them to redefine themselves and take charge. This short film artistically shows how women have worn masks that men have given them for centuries and how now in the 21st century women can decide for themselves which masks to put on, if any. It's a lot to capture in four minutes, but we hope that we were able to give you an idea and make you think of the new roles and possibilities that are out there for women. All you have to do is EVE-olve’
 
The creative process and the music to EVEolution
This was a very interesting collaboration, especially from a musical point of view. Towards the end of the making of the film a situation arose where time was running out at the editing stage. This meant that I didn’t actually get to see the movie in its final form before I wrote all the music!
I therefore had to rely on the ‘storyboard’ and the patient explanations of Nanette and Jamy to communicate the vision and message of the film. I had to be particularly imaginative and creative in finding a theme, idea and motif for the movie but despite the seeming limitations I think I produced a piece that reflected the spirit of the film.
The incidental piano music I wrote for this film is featured on the home page of this site. I also wrote a song ‘A New Dawn’ which was the main song for the film. I tried to capture the essence this film and the song gives a message of hope, a re-birth of confidence and a new vision.
Collaborating with the film school has been very influential in helping me to expand my own vision and think about writing music for other people and projects.
Both ‘EVEolution’ and ‘All One’ were short films featured at the Florence International Student Film festival held at the Odeon Cinehall, Florence on December 12 2008


 

 


 

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