DIRECT YOUR OWN MOVIE
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. Learn the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully direct your movie.
The Weekend Directing Workshop includes:
- Interpreting the screenplay
- Navigating technical aspects such as camera placement storyboards, shot lists, look books, and shot lists
- The grammar of directing necessary to communicate with department heads to bring your vision to life
- How to work with actors in rehearsal and on set
- And finally what the film director actually does on the day of the shoot and how to best work with an editor
What you will learn:
10am – 12.00pm: The Director And The Script
Analyzing and reading the script.
Looking for the truth – what is this script really about?
3 types of conflict in a scene explained.
Identifying key moments.
Finding additional visual elements including discovering your theme and best way to show it visually.
Discovering the hero’s journey.
- Identify what each character wants and how this defines the conflict.
- Written Assignment for next week: Summarize the hero’s journey in the story and identify some of the story elements discussed.
15 minute break
12.15- 1.15pm : The Grammar Of Directing
Using the camera with the intention to tell the story.
Demonstration of camera placement and lenses.
Framing and composition – when to use subjective or objective.
Approaching your coverage – the evolving master shot, shot size and focal length for coverage.
How does a director communicates his vision, floor plan, storyboards, lookbook and shot lists?
What is the 180 line? Understanding crossing the line with intention.
Written Assignment for next day: Take the scene and do your own story boards, floor plan and shot list.
Casting and how to handle and identify the best actors in casting.
Director’s role as a storyteller and how to get the results you want in performances from actors and how best to create characters for the screen.
Exercises to discover the subtext.
Creating characters for the screen – going over Objective, action, subtext, destination, inner monologue, inner object, expectation, preceding moment, back story, biography.
Home work for next day for : Write a report on your thoughts on the tools and how you could use them for the characters in the scene.
11am – 1pm: The Director and the Rehearsal
We will go over the students homework on your thoughts on the tools and how you could use them for the characters in the scene.
How to run a rehearsal and create mood and tension by inspiring the actors and using the tool of staging.
We will do a table read first. Then students will adjust the performances.
Lunch 1pm- 2pm
2pm- 4pm: Directing The Actor
Work with actors Put into practice the tools we have learned the previous day. The job of the director is to know the result you are looking for and have a vision of the film through the eyes of the audience. The director needs to know the emotional experience they want the audience to have. We will use the tools from the reading assignment to get the performance you want from the actors.
- How to identify and understand an actor’s needs.
- The Director’s focus on set.
- Preparing to shoot.
- Working with an AD on the shooting schedule.
- Good communication under pressure.
- Making decisions and staying flexible.
- Shooting for the edit.
- Demonstration of how to block the scene for the camera with actors.
- Students will get a chance to try blocking based on their storyboards and floor plans prepared
Guests: 2 actors to join “Directing the Actor”
Tea Break 4.00 – 4.30pm
4.30-6.30pm : Understanding The Editing Process
The function of the director in the editing room.
Understanding editing through analysis of a completed sequence.
What does the director need to understand about editing?
Sequence analysis on “A Fish Called Wanda.”
Discuss all the elements we have worked on the previous weeks and how they come to play in the sequence in “A Fish Called Wanda.”
Importance of music and sound design and how to pick the right composer.
Who should attend?
The Weekend Directing Workshop covers a variety of basic and advanced techniques and processes. This course is for film directors starting out on their creative path, those interested in finding out more about directing, those who have done a short film and getting ready to go to the next level with a feature or those seeking a quick refresher course to tune up and improve their technique.
About the instructor
Attending the course online and on VOD
Do you want to attend the first class in person and online on other weeks? Or, do you want to attend online on some weeks and watch other weeks on VOD? You have the freedom to attend this course in person, online, or by watching it on VOD without making any prior selection.
LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smart phone or tablet, please download the ClickMeeting app.
VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s Directors Foundation Certificate LA class.
Did you know?
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- This course is FREE for our postgraduate/MA/ students
- The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know before lunch of the first day after the first section of the class and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund.