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  • Written by: Tafadzwa Mazviba

Above: GRD students learn how to use the camera.

GRD Arts Academy has recently introduced film production lessons, and the students are eagerly embracing the new challenge.

Tutor, Ms. Ndlovu, expressed her relief and pride in the students’ progression from drama to theatre and now to film. She emphasised that film is a distinct form of artistic expression that requires a deeper understanding of various components such as camera work, sound and recording, editing, and more.

The transition to film production has been natural for the students, who have already gained substantial experience in drama and theatre. However, Ms. Ndlovu pointed out that film is a more complex medium than its predecessors.

Above: GRD lesson on outdoor recording.

It involves both acting and technical aspects such as camera angles, lighting, sound design and post-production editing. The students are expected to produce a short film as part of their coursework, providing them with hands-on experience in all aspects of film production.

The students have shown enthusiasm and excitement about the new opportunity to learn film production.

They recognise that this programme will equip them with a comprehensive understanding of the industry, enabling them to become well-rounded artists (click here to view lessons in progress). The curriculum covers various aspects of filmmaking, including screenwriting, directing, cinematography, sound design and editing.

This holistic approach will enable the students to appreciate the collaborative nature of film production and understand how each component contributes to the final product on their march to attain certified skills.