OVERVIEW

The Tuscan Film School is a one-week program that offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the beauty and history of the Tuscan countryside while learning the essentials of non-fiction and scripted filmmaking techniques.

The classes will be taught by Dakkan Abbe, a New York-based filmmaker who has written and directed many acclaimed films and TV shows, including “Inside the Tuscan Hills,” a six-part travel series for PBS.

The program will begin with one day of classroom work in which we will look at and discuss the various ways that stories can be told, from both a practical and theoretical perspective. The class will begin by discussing the choices that the filmmakers make to tell their stories, and how those choices affect the final film.

We will then look at the cameras we will be using to shoot with and talk about how to use them effectively. Finally, we will discuss editing and go over some of the basics of Final Cut Pro.

After the initial day, the program will move into the field, where we will begin shooting stories, mostly non-fiction portraits of local artisans and chefs, and participants will continue to develop the skills and techniques necessary for compelling and dynamic storytelling.

We will move in and out of the classroom, watching footage and discussing what is working and what isn’t. We will also begin editing the footage and by the end of the week all participants will have finished films to take home.

The Tuscan Film School is an incredible opportunity to develop world-class filmmaking skills in one of the most beautiful places in the world.