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Grupa Sony Venice podczas Plenerów Film Spring Open, Marcin Koszałka, warsztaty dla filmowców w Krakowie

Help!!! How do I make my movie? Cinematography rehearsals with Marcin Koszałka

We are changing the traditional education pattern! We invite you to cinematography groups, in which you will participate in preparatory work for projects of our mentors. Let’s start with classes with Marcin Koszałka, DOP and film director! Let’s shoot “Festung Krakau” with him!

The Film Spring Open Workshop is celebrating its 18th anniversary. There will be no shortage of distinguished guests, group leaders and lecturers from the world of film. This group will include: Ewa Puszczyńska, Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Paweł Łoziński, Ilona Łepkowska, Justyna Pawlak (Watchout Studio) and Tomasz Bagiński. They will also be joined by a good friend of the Film Spring Workshop, Marcin Koszałka.

Marcin Koszałka. Zdjęcie: Filip Błażejowski
Marcin Koszałka. Zdjęcie: Filip Błażejowski

Members of the cinematography group under his supervision – Help!!! How do I make my video? – will participate not in school exercises, but in real activities on the set: preparing moodboards, storyboards, cinematographic tests or shooting a scene.They will be able to see the effects of this search for visual language in the future “Festung Krakau”.

As Marcina Koszałka writes:

At the beginning of cinema there was a negative. Digital technology, which is constantly developing, seeks to replace the negative, but the negative is still alive. Many filmmakers make movies on photosensitive film (e.g. Christopher Nolan or Steven Spielberg). Returning to the sources can be inspiring. The high costs of the film build respect: before pressing the camera shutter, the creator must think for a long time, and this creates precision and shapes visual sensitivity.

Reżyser Borys Lankosz na planie filmowym z Marcinem Koszałką operatorem
Photo: Adam Golec

During the workshops, participants will use two cameras: digital and analog Super 16 mm.

We will be working on fragments of two of my new film projects that I am about to make. We will look for a visual style and decide on what notation the designs will be based on. The participant will find themselves at the same starting point as me as a creator. I don’t know yet what visual style to use and whether to choose an analog or digital camera. Our workshops should clarify this.


Marcin Koszałka: cinematographer, screenwriter and director of documentary and feature films. Habilitated doctor of film arts, graduate and lecturer at Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty at University of Silesia, a member of the Polish Film Academy and the European Film Academy.

One of the most recognized documentary filmmakers of his generation, who has made films such as: “Such a Nice Boy I Gave Birth to”, “Declaration of Immortality” or “You’ll Be a Legend, Man”. In 2015, he made his feature debut with the thriller “The Red Spider”, which premiered in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

He has done camerawork for many Polish feature films. He was awarded twice at the Polish Film Festival, for “The Welts” (2004) by Magdalena Piekorz and “The Reverse” (2009) by Borys Lankosz. He was also awarded the Bronze Frog at the Camerimage International Film Festival as the best cinematographer for “The Reverse”.

In his personal life: mountaineer, climber and marathon runner.


Grupa Sony Venice podczas Plenerów Film Spring Open 2021, Marcin Koszałka, warsztaty dla filmowców w Krakowie
Photo: Marian Folga

Join us!

Details avaliable HERE.

The 18th Film Spring Open is held in Krakow from 10th to 19th of October.

More information HERE.

Registration form HERE.

Marcin Koszałka’s lecture “The journey from documentary to feature films” during the Film Spring Open Workshop 2022

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