“I put a lot of emphasis on what a character wants and why. I never start with what he has to do to get it, unless I first made sure he wants it ”. Elia Kazan

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Samuel Romano, born in Milan in 1980, after graduating in Communication Sciences, he moved to London where, in 2007, he graduated in directing at the London Film School with the short film "Camille e Mariuccia", winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Exhibitions Film Festival in 2008 and selected the same year at the Locarno festival and others.

Later, he moved to Milan where he currently works as a director of commercials, documentaries and video clips. He has written a TV series and collaborated on various screenplays. He is also a lecturer in directing at the Experimental Center in Milan. 

Over the years he has made numerous dealer for the main Italian brands (Samsung, Enel, Ford, Gazzetta dello Sport, Milka, Philadelphia, Euronics, Fassabortolo, Masi, Istud Foundation, Compass, Lays, DeAgostini).

Mediaset he directed the documentary "A rule of art", presented at Giffoni Film Festival in 2017.

for RAI he has directed some documentaries for the programs “I professeri della cultura” and “Ubiq”.

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Educational Program

Educational Program

The course aims to provide students with the fundamental elements to face the scene in front of the camera, dealing specifically with cinematographic language, shooting styles, text analysis and interaction between characters.

Five meetings are planned over the two-year period aimed at introducing students to film acting, through lectures and practical exercises, useful for providing the first tools to tackle a scene in front of the camera.

In practice, the aspects covered will be:

  • Film language
    Through the vision and analysis of some examples, the first elements of cinematographic lexicon will be introduced, focusing on the specificities that characterize film acting, both in the preparation of a character and during filming;
  • Shooting styles
    Introduction of some shooting styles and approaches, by comparing some scenes from films, TV series, commercials and video clips, which show different methods of staging, directing and acting. During the discussion the implications for the actors of the different approaches will be highlighted;
  • The actor's contribution
    Through the vision and analysis of some examples, the role of the actor in the construction of the cinematographic story will be shown and discussed, with particular attention to the importance of the emotional path inside a scene;
  • Staging and interaction between the characters
    Students will act, under the direction of the teacher, some scenes taken from narrative television commercials, addressing some basic ways of staging and interaction between characters. After the analysis of the text, we will immediately move on to staging and acting with a camera. The work will focus on the modulation of the characters' intentions, on the use of actions to create an emotional path to support the scene, on listening to the other actors on stage.

The purpose of the course is to provide students with some basic elements to tackle a scene, focusing on the moment of the scene and the relationship with the director.

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