Director’s Foundation Certificate
June 14 @ 6:30 pm - July 12 @ 9:30 pm
This 5-week certificate gives you the basic foundations of directing to help you launch your career as a film director.
Why is it everyone wants to direct but few have the desire to learn the art and craft of film directing?
One of the first critical things is to be able to articulate an idea or a script into your own distinct vision. In week 1 develop your skills at determining character back story and motivation and learn to identify the key beats of each scene that you need to capture. Gain knowledge of how this translates into directing actors, blocking the scenes and articulating shot lists. Expand your understanding of the role and responsibilities of the director in prep, production and post and in conjunction with other key creatives. We bet you’ll feel like making a movie when we’re done!
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.
Analyzing and reading the script
Discovering the true story
Identifying key moments
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
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
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.
• 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 reorganized 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
About the instructor, George D'Amato