Engaging characters lecture

It was great pleasure for me to attend the lecture about “Writing, Directing, Creating Engaging Characters”, especially, that concerns the analysis of the characters of “The Silence of the Lambs”.During the lecture I experienced the atmosphere of the film again, and the great, peculiar acting of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

We got an answer for what is more important in Filmmaking : the story, the characters, the emotions, or the logic …? We learnt about the different type of writers, about the conceptual and intuitive approach, how we have to judge our script. We came to a conclusion that we have to judge it from every level, finding the appropriate level of integration, so we can develop fully dimensional characters.

This is especially interesting to me, because in course of my Visual Communication Design studies I have been shaping mostly cartoon and animated characters, and I am much interested in that, how to compose mastery level characters to include in the story that certain “plus”.zetyka gabi

I would be interested to participate in similar lectures, particularly regarding screenwriting techniques.

Gabriella Zatyko


I think, I do not reveal a big secret when I say, how liberating may it be, rising above our everyday lifestyle, and trying to receive totally new impulses…

I could have been feeling it personally on this Thursday, if only just for two hours…

The notice had drawn my attention on the previous day, to the free- lecture in ELTE presented by Jenő Hódi, the writer, director and producer, who is the headmaster of Budapest Film Academy as well.

The topic was about how to create engaging characters. I thought it was an opportunity not to be missed, especially, because I am interested in the world of films very much, and in my spare time I regularly read websites specialised in this topic. Besides these, I had just started wondering about, how good would it be learning more about scriptwriting. So I took a deep breath, and with a well-built, pre-fabricated monologue-(not totally based on fictional elements)-I had convinced my boss to shorten my worktime for the occasion to half past three…

In the full-crowded auditorium, I was looking forward to the beginning of the presentation with a great excitement. I looked around with satisfaction: the awaiting faces around me reflected the same feeling as I felt. Finally, I am between people like them, and I can hear about something, which always makes my heart beat faster! Those, who were late, however, took a seat slightly surprised, but it was worth every single minute, we had spent together.

I had been curious, which characters will be given as an example for ‘engaging characters’.
I did not have to be disappointed. The roughly 10 minute-lasting scene from the ‘Silence of The Lambs’ gripped me immediately, so that I wanted to run home and watch the whole film at one-sitting. (I have to admit, that although I know the plot, I have not seen the film entirely…there is a lot of film, which are burkus bettibasic, and are still must for me). But it was not a coincidence, that the chosen scene was so moving, as it was a ‘master scene’-I have also learnt this expression here. But now I have to go, because Dr Lecter and Agent Starling are waiting for me…

Bettina Burkus


It was great pleasure to take part of the lecture, which I’m glad I didn’t miss. Although I applied to Editing and Sound Engineering class, and I’m just beginning my studies, I gained such important lessons beginning of the lecture that assured me: I’m at right place, this is what I have to do. My original profession is a musician, but as filmmaking is also an art, I recognized many similarities between the two.

It’s a well known phrase for us, too that “Those who can’t do, teach”. Of course, this is a joke, as for me with the art of music, I had the chance to be taught by the very best in the profession, and frankly, looking at the line-up of lecturers here in Budapest Film Academy, I’m sure I will receive quality training. I especially like the academy’s practice-oriented concept, and that they make sure that their students can make living from filmmaking after finishing the course.

The free lecture opened up such perspectives for me that I started understanding the complexity of filmmaking. As a future editor I will have to work together with other people to tell a story a together. Writing is not solely typing down a screenplay, but rewriting our story over and over. The last rewrite happens in the editing room. An editor can only be a good partner to a director if he knows about writing, knows from a cinematography standpoint which shot is the best, but also needs to be the judge of good acting. To achieve this he also has to think as a director. Everything is connected with everything, and the academy’s intention is to train filmmakers who can take up multiple roles.

During the lecture I learned what makes a character interesting, loveable, what character traits do they have to possess. I got a picture about how to grab and hold the viewer’s attention by making an engaging character and story, both very important.

We got to know the difference between conceptual and intuitive thinking and writing, and also why character arcs are important. We learned that not only strong characters, but the conflict between hero majzik andiand villain is also crucial. For me, this is equally important because the editor has to know dramaturgy as well. I will certainly will remember that a good scene is like a good party. You arrive late, and leave early. One thing that does not apply for Budapest Film Academy classes.

Andrea Majzik


Creating an engaging character

On February 7, I attended a free lecture of Budapest Film Academy. I did not know what to expect from the presentation, as I had had no previous experience in writing film script or any kind of material. I had never been to lessons in the given topic before. Therefore, I awaited the show with a lot of anticipation. At the start of the lecture, I felt like a stranger, but as time went by, I was slowly starting to get used to the place and the atmosphere.

I learned many things during the presentation, even though this was my first time at such an event. Among all the useful knowledge I have gained, I now know for example that to be successful, a screenwriter must have experience in various other fields besides writing. He must use both halves of his brain, as the two mental departments are responsible for different tasks, and he must improve his weaker half’s capabilities.

The lecture did not have weak points, neither in content, nor in presentation. It proved to be interesting and clear for me. I hope I will get the chance to attend similar classes in the future.kerhut bálint

I have gained valuable experience and acquired useful skills in relation with script writing. Ihope to make use of them in the future and I am sure that they serve as aid when I write my own stories.

Bálint Kerhut


Making characteristic meals with exciting flavors

Jenő Hódi Michelin-Star chef shared some tasty details of the prestigious cooking contest held in Cannes. He pointed out instantly, if we are about to impress our audience, it is indispensable to know the ins and outs of the art of cooking. During the contest he had to dazzle the professional jury with food specialties. Having the knowledge and experience, he was aware of sorting out the best part of the meals on the plate, of setting up the corresponding lighting of the cabinet, so to round it all up, how to make the most imposing picture of the prepared meals. With this Tarantinoesque attitude, the first prize was guaranteed.

The Hungarian chef started demonstrating similar meals presented to the jury some weeks ago, while the morale of the lecture was boosted by screenings of commercials and movie clips.

Appetizer: “Stuffed deviled eggs with Caviar”. The hors d’oeuvre of the business-oriented BFA cuisine was the flagship of our Hungarian boy.

The main course, the stuffed cabbage, according to our grandma’s recipe book, can be prepared in two ways, but it is better to mix them: conceptually and intuitively. The first one mainly concentrates on the structure and spatial relationship between the cabbages in the pot, the latter emphasizes the filling and seasoning of the individual cabbages. According to Hódi it is the most difficult part of the challenge. He had conflicts with his colleagues repeatedly, because they did not trust the Hitchcockian recipe. Hódi david csetynyakis convinced that every food has latent meaning, thus his spoon is always led by the French sub-text style.

For dessert, it was Hungarian cream puffs, the necessary material for high-spirited negotiations. The chef on this note thanked the audience and told them to feel free to ask.

David Csetnyak


Most of us just got in the middle of things like Clarice Starling, the detective of the yet unsolved case in the shown movie clip from the cult classic thriller.

We, the attendees as rookies similar to her, have also been thinking a lot about being successful in our profession, consuming movies like they were food, something which we probably will continue doing for the rest of our lives. But feasting on movies is only the easy part, learning how to cook and serve them the right way is going to be a brand new challenge for all of us, a challenge we must live up to.

As I was looking around during the lecture I noticed young people with a mixture of surprise, amazement and shock on their face. I’ve seen the glint of sudden recognition in their eyes which became clearer every second as we dug deeper and deeper into the subject, which was the bare truth that how unexpectedly complex and creative process is filmmaking.

It’s not just a bluff or a romantic fantasy, behind real success there’s hard work and reliable knowledge and it’s not enough to just come up with the perfect idea, it needs to be well developed. It needs to sell, and to achieve that you need to be organized, to constantly evolve and to cooperate, because hasznosi attilafilmmaking is a teamwork.

Hopefully, this can be the opening of a new chapter for us. Supposing, we show up in class at time.

Attila Hasznosi


“How to create gripping characters?”

The Silence of the Lambs. I’ve already seen the movie, but I think I’ll have to watch it again soon from a different point of view. So far the joint impression of characters, dialogue, images and the general atmosphere kept me too busy to discover how meticulously detailed these were by themselves.

What makes a character likeable or repulsive? Which is more important: the evolution of an exciting character or creating a structure that fits the story? The question of conceptual and intuitive thinking is what impressed me the most during this two-hour lecture.

These were the major topics among others that we discussed, as these are important to Image result for szreseny katalineverybody working in the film industry, not only the screenwriters. Filmmaking is a teamwork and I’m very excited about my first semester at Budapest Film Academy in Editing class.

Katalin Szreseny


“A Budapest Film Academy lecture again?” my eyes shining as a read through my e-mails tired from the morning. I seized the opportunity to take part of another free class, after all last year it opened my eyes to things which an average viewer would never notice. This time, however, I didn’t come alone. I came with a friend I met here a year ago. We discussed were to sit, and finally ended up moving a half row of people so we could crawl in and take a seat near the middle.

Stand Up Guys was the movie to be placed on Jenő Hódi’s dissecting table. The first thing he drew our attention to was the importance of the painting shown in the opening credit: it’s not just a picture that was used so the text is not on a black background. It matters. Just as the photo that also appears.

The film opens with an excellent character intro. We went over and analyzed every single bit of the two friends, how they start up the movie’s engine with their completely different personalities. On Val, the many years spent in prison are perfectly reflected. Doc’s character is duplex: what does he really want? Val quickly realizes his friend’s intentions and I think he also sniffs his doubts. However, to avoid an on-the-nose effect, instead of shoving things in the audience face they answer the important question through funny and comical scenes (like the prescription drugs). But some questions still remain between the two and it keeps the audience engaged with the story. Doc has to murder his friend. This is the point, where he has to think the situation through and our hero must do something.

Val wants to enjoy his remaining time. The dance that happens between him and a girl has an important dramaturgic function. The audience starts to like the character, and in addition we find out that Doc is lot more colorless, even though he was free all that time while his friend was in jail. A question strikes my mind: What did really happen in the past?

Moreover, Doc many times waffles about things: he stretches the truth, but maybe never lies about anything completely. Only befogs. Subtext.

After the dance, Doc gets a sign: “What time is it?”, he should’ve killed his friend by now. But Val dismisses the fact, he just wants to party. He had to be written as a lovable character, so that Doc can’t get himself to kill him. And there comes another twist: all this time, Val knew clearly what fate awaits him.

Sadly, the lecture ended here. We still got to see the confession scene, which is once again an interesting and telling part of the film. Of course at the end of the lecture I was surprised: so much time passed once again without me noticing it.

I think these free lectures are a great opportunity, even if you don’t want to end up working in this field. To the Design Terminal class, I invited a friend whose interests are far from this profession, but he still lénárt szandraenjoyed it and even commented. I study acting, but film studies are also attractive to me: I also want to know this kind of stuff. And on these give-away classes I learn enough so I can also grasp some of this field.

Szandra Lénárt


Wooden seats, golden lecture

I managed to grab an excellent opportunity when I arrived at the building of ELTE to sit in on Jenő Hódi’s presentation about the basic structural elements of a screenplay.

I have been interested in filmmaking for a while now, so I was very happy to have a taste of an academic lecture about this topic. I was excited to have the best possible seat as I sit in the center of the room.

The lecture hasn’t even started yet but Mr. Teacher already made the crowd laugh multiple times. After this, I spotted on the screen the movie brought to the lecture paused at a moment where the subtitles read: “I feel like there’s no blood in my brain”. The teacher’s funny, the movie seems scary so far, it’s going to be an interesting class I thought. It didn’t let me down. Throughout the lecture we learned several important lessons from Jenő Hódi, and not only about filmmaking.

The movie Stand Up Guys wasn’t scary either, I even liked it, at least the part we managed to watch vadászi fruzsinaduring the lecture with the pauses, questions and explanations in between.

Honestly I never thought I would learn so much in these 3 hours. It was enjoyable, but also very useful. A splendid experience!

Fruzsina Vadászi


An enthralling afternoon – or the Silence of the film-fanatics

I think, I do not reveal a big secret when I say, how liberating may it be, rising above our everyday lifestyle, and trying to receive totally new impulses…

I could have been feeling it personally on this Thursday, if only just for two hours…

The notice had drawn my attention on the previous day, to the free- lecture in ELTE presented by Jenő Hódi, the writer, director and producer, who is the headmaster of Budapest Film Academy as well. The topic was about how to create engaging characters. I thought it was an opportunity not to be missed, especially, because I am interested in the world of films very much, and in my spare time I regularly read websites specialised in this topic. Besides these, I had just started wondering about, how good would it be learning more about scriptwriting. So I took a deep breath, and with a well-built, pre-fabricated monologue-(not totally based on fictional elements)-I had convinced my boss to shorten my worktime for the occasion to half past three…

In the full-crowded auditorium, I was looking forward to the beginning of the presentation with a great excitement. I looked around with satisfaction: the awaiting faces around me reflected the same feeling as I felt. Finally, I am between people like them, and I can hear about something, which always makes my heart beat faster! Those, who were late, however, took a seat slightly surprised, but it was worth every single minute, we had spent together.

I had been curious, which characters will be given as an example for ‘engaging characters’.

I did not have to be disappointed. The roughly 10 minute-lasting scene from the ‘Silence of The Lambs’ gripped me immediately, so that I wanted to run home and watch the whole film at one-sitting. (I have to admit, that although I know the plot, I have not seen the film entirely…there is a lot of film, which are burkus bettibasic, and are still must for me). But it was not a coincidence, that the chosen scene was so moving, as it was a ‘master scene’-I have also learnt this expression here. But now I have to go, because Dr Lecter and Agent Starling are waiting for me…

Bettina Burkus


Most of us just got in the middle of things like Clarice Starling, the detective of the yet unsolved case in the shown movie clip from the cult classic thriller.

We, the attendees as rookies similar to her, have also been thinking a lot about being successful in our profession, consuming movies like they were food, something which we probably will continue doing for the rest of our lives. But feasting on movies is only the easy part, learning how to cook and serve them the right way is going to be a brand new challenge for all of us, a challenge we must live up to.

As I was looking around during the lecture I noticed young people with a mixture of surprise, amazement and shock on their face. I’ve seen the glint of sudden recognition in their eyes which became clearer every second as we dug deeper and deeper into the subject, which was the bare truth that how unexpectedly complex and creative process is filmmaking.

It’s not just a bluff or a romantic fantasy, behind real success there’s hard work and reliable knowledge and it’s not enough to just come up with the perfect idea, it needs to be well developed. It needs to sell, and to achieve that you need to be organized, to constantly evolve and to cooperate, because filmmaking is a teamwork.hasznosi attila

Hopefully, this can be the opening of a new chapter for us. Supposing, we show up in class at time.

Attila Hasznosi

 

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