Photo Essay: Film Production at FAMU

Photos by Jordan Redd, (American University) Student Correspondent Film Production at FAMU, Spring 2019

Kinský Palace: This is a film photograph of the Kinský Palace in which houses exhibitions of The Národní Galerie Praha (The National Gallery Prague). The Palace was built in the mid 18th century. The building faces the center of Old Town Square.

 

Church of Our Lady Before Týn: This is a film photograph peeking into the old town square from an alleyway towards a view of the The Church of Mother of God before Týn, or Church of Our Lady before Týn. This church dates back to the 14th century. On a CET led walking tour of the city, my tour guide mentioned that this Church once sat on a hill but then dirt was added to level out the area.

 

Tram 17: This is the tram stop across the bridge from my apartment where I have either taken the tram to FAMU main building, where some of my film classes will be, or Old Town.

 

Lesnická: My apartment is situated along the Vlatva river–the river that divides the city. This is a street adjacent to mine, Lesnická, in the morning on my way to catch the tram (trolley), one of Prague’s main sources of public transportation. One of my favorite things about this city is the colorful and unique buildings that line each street.

 

Peppercorn: This is a photograph of me that I had my friend take at Peppercorn, a restaurant in Old Town with good inexpensive food. The main dining area surrounds you with plants, though you still have the luxury of being inside. Though most waiters will speak English, I try my best to order food in Czech.

 

Alice in Old Town Square: On our first weekend when we had free time, Alice Bershtein (Pictured, CET Film program, 16mm) and I explored Old Town Square for the first time. I immediately fell in love with the cobblestone streets and the old, colorful buildings, visible behind Alice. There is often someone playing music in the square. On this day, there was an artist selling paintings.

 

Francia Borgia: This is one of the statues on the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most), a walking only cobblestone bridge, just as night fell. Once you cross the bridge from Old Town, you reach The Lesser Quarter and approach Prague Castle. 30 statues line each side of the Charles Bridge, and many of them were sculpted by Ferdinand Brokoff. The statue in this picture is of Francis Borgia.

 

Vlatva by Night: This is one of the views from the Charles Bridge of the lights from buildings glowing in the river. The building in the distance with the round roof and gold top is the National Theater. In the reflections, you can spot the silhouettes of some of the many birds that populate the river. Although there are not any visible here, swans are very common and numerous.

 

Below Charles Bridge: This vantage point of this glowing street is visible from the entrance of Charles Bridge on the Lesser Quarter side.

 

Pecháčkova: My apartment building, situated in Praha 5, has a large, beautiful bay window. If I sit on the couch below it, I can look out the window to the left and see the Vlatva River and a bridge across it where cars and trams pass by. This is a film photograph I took in the morning on the first day of class.