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Hands On Directing: Part 1
July 16 @ 10:00 am - July 17 @ 6:00 pm
Everyone Wants to be a Film Director
About the Course
If you can create a 'look' for your film, your career will rocket.
But why do so many British feature films, especially those by first-time directors, fail to achieve this important artistic success? When the technique needed for visually pleasing single-camera direction is so basic, why do so many directors fail to make the right choices? And when actors can add so much to a production, why don't directors take the time to ensure that their actors perform to the best of their abilities?
This intensive seminar teaches you the secrets of maximising performance from the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience - the camera. Learn how to direct on-time and on-budget, get the results you want and keep the producers happy. Single camera shooting techniques are explored in depth. Students will be given a number of exercises to undertake, including the opportunity to participate in directing a short dramatic scene which will be critiqued by Patrick Tucker.
Who is it for?
This course is for experienced and beginner directors who are looking to improve their directing skills and craft, and to find their own form of directorial expression.
What will I get?
Patrick Tucker illustrates his points throughout with handouts and examples from Film and Television. There will be practical demonstrations and hands-on exercises using a professional digital camera. By the end of the course, the attendees will have learned:
Day One: The Grammar Of Directing
- Shooting techniques
- Roots and reasons for selecting a camera style
- The grammar of single camera placement
- Style: approaching the script in an individual way
- Shooting script: developing your visual shorthand
- Planning: reading and analysing the script
- Storyboarding versus the scene sheet
- Screen geometry and grammar
- The 'Line': what it is and how to avoid crossing it
- Lenses: eyelines, hitting the mark, blocking, the 'look'
- The frame: the 'hot' area, acting in the frame
- Long, medium and close-up acting
Day 2: Working With The Camera
- The Camera: the audience and camera movement
- Directing the actor's voice: creating screen intensity
- The Edit: shooting coverage, thinking in advance
- Shooting tips: save money and create a special 'look'
- Etiquette: organising the shoot and actors professionally
- Crew: maximising human resources
- The Showreel: a director's resume
- Video Clips: examples of good and bad directing
- Directing Actors: communicate effectively with talent
- Career opportunities
*The intellectual property rights of this course remain the owned by the tutor
What they are saying
The demonstrations and excerpts from the movies to explain clearly.
It was an amazing week-end, I've learned so many things even though I've been working for 17 years in TV!
I loved that Patrick's teaching is pragmatic and down-to-earth, coming from a long and varied directing career, rather than from a theoretical perspective. Excellent use of film clips to illustrate his teaching. Shooting exercise with tutor feedback was a great education. But really, the whole weekend was packed with little gems of technique. I have recommended the workshop to friends already.
Patrick's deep experience, fierce intelligence and meticulous planning, combined with an obvious passion for his craft of directing, made for a compelling and highly worthwhile weekend of learning. I greatly look forward to the second part of the course