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Prague Faculty: 35mm Visual Storytelling at FAMU

Central European Film

Since 1989, Ivana Doležalová has worked as a researcher, interpreter and co-correspondent for the Central European Office of National Public Radio and The New York Times in Prague plus for various other foreign media (BBC, Danish TV, ABC, PBS). She has also worked as a translator and moderator for Center of Independent Journalism in Prague, Czech Republic, and has translated the works of Fay Weldon, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Erica Jong, and Sue Grafton.

A Fulbright scholar and later visiting professor teaching media, film and literature at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and University of Washington, Seattle, US (1994-97, 1999, and 2001), Dolezalova was also invited to give talks on film, history and feminism at University of Washington, Stanford and Harvard.

Presently, she is lecturing on Czech and European Film, Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Dolezalova also writes articles, reviews and interviews for various magazines and newspapers (Respekt weekly and The Presence quarterly). She is a Juror of the International Committee of Women of Europe Award, Brussels, Belgium and President of the Czech Committee of Women of Europe Award.       

Intermediate Production: 35mm Cinematography

A professional filmmaker since the mid-seventies, Michael Gahut works as a Director of Photography on feature films, TV dramas, and documentaries, and also as a Director and Cinematographer for TV commercials. A FAMU graduate, Michael Gahut has been a professor at the school since the eighties, and in recent years has served as mentor and course director for APP and CDM programs and for FAMU exchange programs from NYU and Emerson College.

For complete filmography and prizes see IMDB 
Watch short documentary about Michael made by international students: Part I and Part II.

Screenwriting and Analysis

Doc. Ing. Mgr. Pavel Marek, film director, was born in 1963 in India, in Calcutta. He spent part of his childhood with his parents in the U.S.A. Since 1970 he has been living in Prague. In 1988 he graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University, Prague. From 1992 to 1993 he studied at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 1998 he completed his studies at the Department of Directing, Film Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (FAMU) Czech Republic. Pavel Marek currently works as a docent (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Directing at FAMU. 

While a student at the Technical University he shot several short films with his friends under the heading of “Bulšitfilm, Independent Film Association” in which he cooperated primarily with the late cinematographer and his collaborator, Roman Včelák. The films, inspired by dreams and unconscious experiences aroused the considerable interest of film experts and put him in the circle of surrealistic filmmakers. He contributed to this also as an actor in two films of the director and surrealist Jan Švankmajer – as the King of Portugal in the film Faust, and Mr. Dobřichovský in the film Food

After the conclusion of Bulšitfilm the formal methods in Pavel Marek’s work have become more realistic, with the use of animation and pixilation appearing occasionally in the documentary films Jiří Barta’s Pointless Stroll (1999) and Heaven Above Karlin (1999). In contrast to such films as Dead Forest (1989), in which most varied objects are animated, he concentrates on persons and their stories. However, his sense of absurdity and the grotesque is kept in such films as The Harvest (1992), which he made during his studies at the Film Academy. 

The Harvest was followed by two other films – The Day of the Dog, and a television film Sredni Vashtar. 
In 1998 his full-length film Dead Beetle premiered which was co-produced by the production company Whisconti and Czech Television. 

Later Pavel Marek would concentrate chiefly on documentary films. He shot a number of successful documentaries for Czech Television. For the cycle „Prague Miserable“, which was incorporated into the outstanding project „Prague 2000 – European City of Culture“, he made an original documentary on two quarters of Prague: Karlin and Nusle. 
His habilitation lecture (2008) to become Docent at FAMU centered on the theme of imagination in documentary and fiction film and its place in the learning process.