With the help of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the
United States and the American Consulate in Marseille, Eurica Media Lab
offers a two-week Master class once per year. The Master Class focuses
on young people 18 to 25 who have special talents in one specific field.
Our next Master Class will be in cinematography. We will be announcing
the date on this site by the end of September. Registration will start
at that time.
Patrizia von Brandenstein and Stuart Wurtzel were the teachers for the
2010 master class in Production Design that took place in February
2011. They are exceptionally talented Production Designers who have been
working for over 35 years a piece. They have taught at NYU and at
Carnegie Mellon and have worked internationally. Their careers include
work in Film and Television. In 1985, Patrizia was awarded an Academy
Award for Amadeus for Best Art Director and Set Direction, and in 1982
was nominated for Ragtime followed by another nomination in 1988 for the
Untouchables. In 1986, she was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for
Amadeus. Today, she is in production on Dark Fields and the Irishman.
Her most recent success was a period piece, The Last Station, starring
Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer, where she had to recreate the
physical environment of Russia to portray the life and death of Tolstoy.
She has been the Production Designer for over forty very diverse films.
Some notable ones other than the Academy Award nominated films and
awards, have been: Tell Me a Riddle, Silkwood, A Chorus Line, The Money
Pit, No Mercy, Working Girl, The Lemon Sisters, Postcards from the Edge,
Billy Bathgate, Six Degress of Separation, Emperor's Club, and Nights
in Rodanthe. In her early years, she was the Art Director for Breaking
Away among others. She was also the Costume Designer on Saturday Night
Fever. She has been a tireless contributor to non-profits bringing her
insight, artistic vision and intelligence to any discussion.
Stuart Wurtzel has worked closely with Woody Allen on a number of films
and was nominated for an Academy Award for Hannah and Her Sisters in
1987. He has also worked in television and was awarded an Emmy in 2004
for Angels in America and a nomination for Little Gloria, Happy at Last
and for Empire Falls. He has won two Excellence in Production Design
Awards: one for Angels in America, in 2004, and, the other in 2006, for
Empire Falls. He has been the Production Designer for over forty films,
including Marley and Me, Enchanted, Charlotte's Web, When a Man Loves
a Woman, The Mambo Kings, Staying Together, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The
Purple Rose of Cairo, The Chosen, and Hair. His television work has also
included Wit directed by Mike Nichols and starring Emma Thompson where
the set was very austere and stylized. A talented artist he prefers to
do his work off the computer but likes to use a staff of computer and
non-computer literate designers and art directors.
Their combined skills brought the students a true understanding of how
to achieve the art of the possible on any size budget.