On a warm summer’s evening, the Danny Lerner Memorial Theatre quickly filled up with students, mentors and producers, parents and friends. It’s the 31st May and Nu Boyana Film Studios is hosting the graduation ceremony for the FilmForge classes.
Over the past two years FilmForge proved itself as the perfect place for those that want a future in the film industry. The unique feature of FilmForge’s courses and initiatives is that they give the potential of future professionals the opportunity to explore the professional environment of the film studio, while meeting international experts, giving young talents a solid start on their way to the cinema industry.
The three courses graduating on the last day of May 2018 were:
“Acting For Film Class” with leading mentor actor Velizar Binev, Vanya Doneva actress and director, and Luke Cousins actor and casting director
“American Accent For Film” taught by actor and dialect coach JR Esposito
“On the Set – Directing and Filmmaking” a two-day workshop mentored by director Lyubomir Pechev.
As the students received their certificates, the atmosphere in the theatre was filled with positive vibes, laughter and most importantly well-deserved applause. Each mentor congratulated their students personally as they handed them their diploma. JR Esposito emphasised the tremendous amount of growth he saw in his group and that the task at hand, in this case learning to speak with an American accent, was taken by students with a “hardworking mindset”.
“This was an unbelievable experience, through which I met amazing people. I was able to learn through the process of watching everyone else, not only from my own mistakes.” Dimitria (Acting for Film)
“The highlight for me was the process of changing everything on the set in a few minutes.” Simeon (On the set – Directing and Filmmaking)
“The teacher was friendly and made us feel comfortable, telling us our mistakes without making us feel bad about them.” Mihaela (American Accent for Film)
For the audience, the best moment at the ceremony was watching the 10 movie scenes, played out by the “Acting for Film” class for their final state exam. It seems to be that the course was so intriguing that event the head of FilmForge Ivaylo Grantcharov signed up as a participant and did really well with his task on the big screen.
Text by Sarina Vlaytchev