San Sebastián (Donostia in Euskera language) is hosting the 63th International Film Festival from the 18th to the 26th of September. Dozens of Hollywood stars and European celebrities will fill its streets and have presence in Spanish magazines and TV shows.
During these days, this city, located in the Basque Country, in the north of Spain, will be known, not only by its gastronomy and its pinchos (restaurants with 16 Michelin stars in total, more than Paris if we compare the population), not only by the Concha beach (one of the most beautiful in the world) but also by the films’ quality we’ll be able to see.
Therefore, today we want to introduce some vocabulary about the world of cinema and film industry.
What do we need to make una película (a film)? What’s the secret of success? What are the main stages? Let’s see.
- La producción (the production). Los productores (producers), those stingy businessmen who are always pinching pennies (according to directors); those generous benefactors (according to the big companies) are without a doubt, capital part in the film’s success… los efectos especiales (FX effects), el vestuario (costume design), el maquillaje (the make-up), las localizaciones (filming locations) are decisions they have to make about how much to spend and which company they should hire. El presupuesto (the Budget) is their main worry.
- El guion (the screenplay). Los guionistas (screewriters) are the key to difference between a spectacular movie from a spectacular movie with a good story. La trama (the plot) is less important for aficionados a las superproducciones (blockbuster fans) but not for críticos (critics) or cinéfilos (film buffs).
- El reparto (the cast). Los actores y actrices (actors and actresses) are “the film’s faces”. La producción o el guion can be wonderful, but a bad interpretación (performance) can ruin the whole film. Los actores principales (lead actors) or los actores de reparto (supporting actors) all of them are recognised in San Sebastián Festival.
- El director (the director). All efforts are useless without a hand that puts all the pieces together. They decide los planos (the shots), la secuencia de las escenas (the scenes sequences), la supervisión del decorado y vestuario (the set and costume design supervisión), they check el guion… all the work comes to their hands.
- El rodaje (the filming). This is the moment of truth. Everybody has to do magic. Los actores y directores need to travel all around the world. It’s a work for months that will be reduced to only 90-120 minutes en la pantalla del cine (in the theater’s screen).
La taquilla (the box office) will pronounce its sentence and it will be the line between the success and the disaster. From www.spanishviaskype.com we recommend you learning Spanish rather than reading subtítulos en inglés (English subtittles). Watch Spanish films and you will improve your level quickly. What’s the problem? Cannot you understand even a word? Don’t worry, you can reserve a free trial lesson with us here: soon you will be writing guiones en español for yourself.