About Directing Essentials
Filmmaking is a big business. A novice film director is presented with many different approaches to learning the craft. There are basic directing essentials which our range of film directing courses cover. However, all directors really need to have one key skill, and that is being able to communicate clearly and dynamically with their creative and technical teams.
In this intensive taster session, Chris Thomas will demonstrate effective ways of sharing your vision with your main collaborators, the producer, director of photography and cast.
Who should attend?
Directing Essentials is for anyone with an interest in the human aspect of how movies are made. Writers, producers, actors, technicians, as well as directors – these are all people who need to get their visions and ideas across to their colleagues quickly and efficiently.
What will I get?
During the class, Chris will pass on key tips, work on a short scene with professional actors and show how to make more of your shot choices before and during the shoot.
Topics covered in Directing Essentials include:
- Developing Your Vision – Know your Story
- Directing A Casting
- Working with Actors
- Directing The Camera
- Keeping Your Eye On The Prize – Directing For the Edit
Especially relevant if you are looking for a informative and inspiring kick start or refresher, this is the place to find it!
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About the tutor
Simon Hunter has directed over fifty tv commercials and three feature films. His directing debut was the horror movie LIGHTHOUSE in the year 2000 and he went on to direct the visual effects-laden sci-fi movie THE MUTANT CHRONICLES in 2008. Simon’s first feature, Lighthouse, was released theatrically in 2002. Simon subsequently became a much sort after commercials director before returning to features with Edward R Pressman’s Mutant Chronicles in the Summer of 2006. Simon flew to Qatar in 2014 to direct 20 episodes of a Scifi adventure series set in the desert. The filming takes place in Qatar, Jordan and India. In 2017 Simon directed his passion project, EDIE which tells the tale of an older lady who climbs a mountain in Scotland at the age of eighty-three. The film has had an enthusiastic and successful theatrical release in the UK and has sold to multiple territories. Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for RAINDANCE and other organisations.
Read Breaking in as a Film Director by Simon
What They Are Saying
It was all fantastic! Watching the way Simon interacted with the actors was really unique and interesting too – a practical way of teaching.
Learnt some new things. And Simon is very approachable which helps the learning process. Thank you!
Did you know?
- Raindance members attend Directing Essentials for FREE? You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately
- This course is FREE for our HND and postgraduate/MA/ students
- The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know at the break and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund