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Director’s Foundation Certificate

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Details

Date:
June 9
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
£198

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
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Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Chris Thomas
Duration
5 Thursday Evenings
Premium Members get this course for £168.30Join Now!
directing-foundation

The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen. Many new directors chase the dream of directing without the technical and creative skills needed to succeed.

About this Course

You will learn the key skills  of working with the screenplay, directing camera, cast and crew, and gain an overview of each area of the director’s responsibilities. The course will cover how directors work with and interpret the Screenplay , how to Work with Actors in Rehearsal and On Set, the technical aspects and ‘Grammar’ of Directing and finally what the director actually does On the Day of the Shoot and how to best Work with Editor.

Who is it for?

If you want to get into directing, this is the course for you. Covering a variety of basic and advanced techniques and processes, this course is for directors starting out on their creative path, those interested in finding out more about directing, or those seeking a quick refresher course.

What will I get?

By the end of the 5 weeks, students will have covered:

Week 1: The Director And The Script

The script is the blueprint for a movie. The director's job is to read and interpret the screenplay. Discover how a good director translates the written word into the visual elements on the screen.

  • Analysing and reading the script
  • Discovering the true story
  • Identifying key moments
  • Finding additional visual elements
  • Written assignment

Week 2: The Grammar Of Directing

Directors use a variety of shots and lenses to compose their scenes and create a vocabulary of cinematic techniques and processes. Directors must learn the do's and don'ts of film grammar.

  • Camera placement and technique
  • Framing and composition
  • Storyboarding and Pre-Vis as directing tools
  • Written assignment

Week 3: The Director and the Rehearsal

The director's challenge is to communicate his/her vision to the cast. Learn to run a rehearsal and create mood and tension by inspiring the actors and using the tool of staging.

  • How actors work
  • Creating characters for the screen
  • Tools for communicating with actors
  • Rehearsal process and staging
  • Written assignment

Week 4: Directing The Shoot

In this session we will look at how a director prepares and operates in the production phased on set or location. Using professional camera lighting and sound equipment and the scene we rehearsed with the actors in week 3, we will shoot with a plan to having enough material to produce and edit for week 5.

• Shot Lists and Scheduling.
• The Director's focus on set.
• Preparing to shoot.
• Good communication under pressure.
• Making decisions and staying flexible.
• Shooting for the edit.

Week 5: Directing The Edit

In the edit, the audiovisual material collected during the shoot is reorganised to tell the story in the best way.  The director must thoroughly understand the editing process.

  • Time scale and project management explained
  • Viewing rushes and making decisions
  • Working with sound and music
  • View edit from last week's rushes
  • Written assignment

What They Are Saying

Chris's enthusiastic personality and his pearls of wisdom such as "You don't see with your eyes...they're just there to filter information to the brain", One I used last week and had a good response.
Chris has an engaging, highly enthusiastic personality and one is quickly drawn in to his vast skillful knowledge of film production.
Steve Grimes
I enjoyed it all really, I think directing the actors was my favourite as I'm most interested in that process. I thought the course was structured perfectly, and I really miss going on Thursday nights! It has made me want to do much more and it was great to meet some new people.
Mathew Ross
Chris was constantly bringing everything back to the reason for making the film anyway. Comments like "How does it tell the story?" kept a feeling that the process in a professional context is no less exciting than the guerrilla approach.
Frank Lewis

The structure was excellent - starting with the basics and then moving through the technical side, and then watching a movie being made. It was a great beginners course, and made me feel confident that I could make a film.
Chris was an engaging teacher, incredibly passionate and inspiring. However, he was also down to earth and approachable. He made film making accessible and far less intimidating than before.
His class on directing actors was absolutely inspired.
Shahyar Niroomand
Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000. With a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills, he has created classes both practical and inspirational.

Chris learnt his key skills from acting and directing in Theatre where the focus was always on using limited resources and engaging the audiences imagination. It was a natural shift for him into filmmaking.

The camera classes he runs place weight upon storytelling and understanding visual grammar from a psychological and creative perspective.

As a teacher Chris has always prioritised clear communication of the techniques he has learnt and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He believes learning is a two-way process and as a film maker it never ends, however there is a place to begin and his courses offer up an opportunity to do so.

Chris has recently shot a teaser trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller, Dead of Winter, a short called Emmas Last Date, both shot on HD and is in development on his feature script The Devil You Don’t, a dark comedy about the power of influence and the battle between the nearly good and the fairly evil.

Details

Date:
June 9
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
£198

Venue

Raindance Film Centre
10a Craven Street
London, WC2N 5PE
+ Google Map
Phone:
0207 9303 412

Other

Tutor
Chris Thomas
Duration
5 Thursday Evenings
Premium Members get this course for £168.30Join Now!