Selected young filmmakers will create three-minute short samurai films using the open sets in Toei Studios Kyoto and Shochiku Kyoto Studios. An authentic traditional Jidaigeki-making experience is provided, using almost the same facilities and equipment for feature filmmaking, including JIDAIGEKI permanent sets, props, lighting, and costuming. Screenplays will be invited for entry from the participants in advance, and 2 screenplays among them will be selected by the Lab staff. Participants will be divided into 2 groups, the Toei and Shochiku teams, and each team will work together from scenario development to post-production, with production support by supervisors and professional staff from the studios. After 2days shooting, participants will join Masters Session to communicate with guests and lecturers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will call for the participants who lives in Japan for HANDS-ON JIDAIGEKI program this year. The people who lives outside Japan can NOT apply to HANDS-ON JIDAIGEKI program this year.
For the same reason, we will call for the participants for Masters Session program by different formats. One for the participants who lives in Japan, the other is for who lives outside Japan. The participants who lives in Japan will be able to participate in all program. The participants who lives outside Japan will be able to participate in online program (Masters Session Online) only. We have held the whole program in English basically until now, but we force to be held the program in Japanese basically this year. Except that we plan to supply an interpreter for English speakers in Masters Session Online.