We build capacity for the use of theatre as a ministry tool through the provision of technical assistance, traning and equipment for Christian theatre/film practitioners.
The Technical Assistance we provide fall into two broad categories. These are:
Project-Specific Technical Assistance
We offer project-specific technical assistance to theatre groups, film producers and other theatre and film.practitioners. This assistance includes :
- Scriptwriting and screenwritng
- Directorial assistance
- Set design and construction
- Stage lighting
- Providing Audio and video equipment
- Costume design and provision
- Make up and make up artistes
- Production logistics and assistance
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Phase 1 will consist of a two strong approach that provides the team with:
- the principles of all the key aspects of theatre; and
- a platform to apply in practice the principles that have been learnt
Some of the Key aspects that will be covered include:
- Scriptwriting -Why write the script?, understanding the medium, the key message, using key scriptures, the place of life issues, scene requirements, tempo/continuity, cast size, understanding the audience, language, Writing style, introducing conflicts, plots and sub plots, contrasting characters and potential Production costs
- Directing – the director’s role as a creative artiste, an interpretative artiste and as a coordinator of all the theatre resources.
- Technical Theatre – set design, stage lighting and stage management, role of the technical managers
- Costumes & makeup – types of costumes, types of make up, their functions and uses, roles and responsibilities of the costumier/make up artiste
- Acting – What is acting, the goal of the actor, tools available to the actor, Character development, improvisation, rehearsals.
- Managing a theatre team – Defining roles and responsibilities, managing resources (people, time, money) and the stages of team development.
- Introduction to film – Understanding the medium, basic rules of film making, common mistakes of the amateur film maker, differences between film and stage productions and first step to a successful career in film-making.
Live Production In conjunction with the team trained, we will select a script and produce a standard full length drama production. All aspects of the production will be handled by members of the drama team with support from consultants provided by Free Gift International. Consultants will be provided to offer support in the areas of directing, technical elements and costumes/makeup. This production should be put up within 6 weeks of completing the training module.
Phase 2 will involve going in-depth into the various aspects of theatre and film spending at least two days on each of the selected areas.
At the end of phase 1 an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the participants will be carried out and this will form the platform for determining which advanced training programmes will be conducted in Phase 2.
The courses will be tailored to the specific needs of the team but will typically be about two days for each module.