Written by Amanda Luthy, (American University) Student Correspondent CET Film in Prague, Fall 2017
Our field trip to Kutna Hora began with the Sedlec Ossuary, or “The Bone Church.” Home to the one of the world’s most morbid art collections, decorations include a chandelier, two bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six bone pyramids, and much more!
After an hour of observing human bones, we explored the structural “bones” of the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist. Probing through the church’s attic, we were able to see the reconstruction completed throughout the centuries.
Finishing up our adventure in Kutna Hora, we explored the gothic beauty of Saint Barbara’s Church. The church was revered as a miners’ church, becoming a symbol of protection of the town’s miners and the town itself. Within the church itself, there are numerous scenes depicting the town’s mining roots along with its religious decor.
By far my favorite week of school was held at Barrandov Studios, the largest film studio in the Czech Republic. For three days, we collectively honed our skills and worked to master the craft of lighting.
Experimenting with contrast, diffusers, color gels, and more, this exercise prepared us for our future days on set and allowed us to begin planning lighting compositions for selected scenes in our short films.
The Signal Festival of Lights. Name a more iconic way to end lighting week? I’ll wait.
Every fall, the Czech Republic’s largest cultural event, Signal Festival, brings over 1.5 million attendees to Prague. This is a must-see weekend event if you are studying abroad here in the fall. Buy a festival map, plan out your routes ahead of time for each night with your best friend, and bring your camera to capture the 20 incredibly diverse and spectacular exhibits! Not to mention capture a new profile picture or Instagram!