SUMMER MEDIA STUDIO – Summer Media Studio (SMS) is an international workshop for film students and young professionals. It’s an intensive 12 days training, which consists of theoretical seminars taught by experienced professionals, practical filming in international crews, teams consultations during the creative process and short films final development – postproduction. Each year SMS project focuses on the most essential and important subjects of the young European cinema, searching for new relevant topics, which would explore theoretical and practical knowledge of young audiovisual arts students in the field of the professional cinematography. The topic and the main subject of SMS 2013 was “Dance for film”. With the assistance of professional trainers-lecturers, 10 international shooting crews were improving their abilities to tell cinematic stories with the help of dance, choreography and movements for camera. Each team had choreographer, director, and cinematographer, sound designer, producer and actors – dancers (10 working teams in total). As the result, 10 short films were produced after the intensive work of 2 weeks.
During SMS 2013 participants and professional lecturers from all over the European Union countries shared their ideas and experience, analyzing the specifics of dance and choreography in film, beginning with the script writing process and ending with a short film realization on the screen. SMS 2013 organizers invited professional lecturers from Europe and USA to participate in the project. Participants had a chance to work with cinematographer Arledge Armenaki (USA), choreographers Helena Jonsdottir (Iceland), Ramona Galkina (Latvia), Olga Zitluchina (Latvia) and Aira Naginevičiūtė (Lithuania).
The workshop is organized in cooperation with Lithuanian Academy of music and theatre.