Directing Essentials

(21 customer reviews)


Raindance members get 20% off this course.
Next date:
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 18:30 – 20:30
Duration: Single evening
Address: Raindance Film Training Centre, 10a Craven Street, London WC2N 5PE
Members get one free place, non members will be admitted at full price
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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!
Why not check out the career advice at the Directors Guild of Great Britain?

About the tutor

Chris Thomas has been teaching and developing film directing courses for film directing with Raindance since 2000, with a strong emphasis on storytelling and communications skills. Chris learnt his key skills from acting and directing in the theatre where the focus was always on using limited resources and engaging the audience’s imagination; it was a natural shift for him into filmmaking. As a teacher, Chris prioritises clear communication and encourages his students to harness their individual talents through the methods he demonstrates. He first and foremost believes learning is a two-way process, and as a filmmaker, it never ends. Recently, Chris has shot the teaser trailer for the psychological thriller, Dead of Winter and also the short film Emma’s Last Date. He is currently in development with his dark comedy feature script, The Devil You Don’t.

What They Are Saying

It was all fantastic! Watching the way Chris interacted with the actors was really unique and interesting too – a practical way of teaching.
Z McCarthy

Learnt some new things. And Chris is very approachable which helps the learning process. Thank you!
Tom Sahara

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21 reviews for


Directing Essentials

  1. Lara Genovese

    Well organized in a concentrated quantity

  2. Keiko (verified owner)

    So Informative, practical, and worth attending!

  3. Lucy Linger

    Great evening with excellent quality actors and a real hands on feel. Amazing value. Highly recommend

  4. Luke Chadwick

    Highly informative and extremely informative. A definite must for anyone wanting to understand how your role as a director affects everything from in depth script analysis to coaxing truthful performances from actors. Chris Thomas’s teaching style is both candid and highly inspiring

  5. Serena (verified owner)

    Very insightful into the world of Directing and a great overview for anyone not familiar with the task in the world of film.

  6. Matt Brothers (verified owner)

    Great little starter course that covers some basics (script analysis, director’s role, working with actors) in surprising depth for the time allocated. It’s certainly a worthwhile middle ground between jumping into a project clueless and spending more on a day long course. Great give-and-take teaching style means we all felt involved and the demonstrations evolved and adapted to new ideas and input.

  7. Joe Temple (verified owner)

    Hugely informative and inspiring class in a very supportive environment. Chris Thomas was extremely engaging and used great examples as well as fantastic actors. A wonderful experience of my first Raindance class…I hope to attend more in the future!

  8. Gelsomina (verified owner)

    Such a liberating experience! I learnt so much in 2 hours!

  9. jaydene Campbell (verified owner)

    Good preview course. I would recommend this course for anyone starting out and wanting to understand the essentials to directing. Take this course especially if your not sure what you want to do; writing or directing.

  10. Christopher Labinjo (verified owner)

    A great evening that left me buzzing. I found the session informative, amusing and insightful. Packed full of information that was both entertaining and helpful. Condensed and to the point. Loved the participation of the actors and enjoyed watching the directing demonstration, I could feel the emotion of the scene. Highly recommended.

  11. Henry (H MAN)

    Great class, very informative with the time given. I like the physical demonstrations as well, as it gives more than what youtube and books can offer, as well as insight in to Chris’ personal style. For the price it was well worth it.

  12. Jess Dowse (verified owner)

    Really good overview of directing. Pretty in-depth for the time given and some really insightful takeaways!

  13. Tim Astley (verified owner)

    Definitely recommend. Only two hours, but a lot of well-delivered and incisive information. Great workshop/demonstration with actors at the end which really consolidated a lot of the things talked about throughout.

  14. Mary

    The session was absolutely packed with information and totally de-mystified the directing process!

  15. Barbara Vonau

    This was very useful for me as a fletching screenwriter. I will proceed to the Directors foundation course, even though this is not my line of development, but I think it is very important for me to know how the whole film making process works and what I can do as a writer to accommodate the needs of the rest of the film making team

  16. Rajeeva (verified owner)

    Absolutely loved the course. Chris explained essential aspects very well. Directing two actors at the end was brilliant.

  17. Jennifer Orji (verified owner)

    good information on what to do next and how a director can change the acting to get what they need

  18. Sam (verified owner)

    Informative and inspiring – just would have liked to see some practical examples of directing! But I guess that’s what the other courses are for 🙂 all in all great overview of the film-making journey with some great insights!

  19. Keiron

    A very valuable couple of hours presented by the knowledgeable and engaging Chris Thomas, including a practical demonstration of working with actors which was particularly useful to see.


    It gave a very comprehensive over view of what is involved in directing

  21. fshenton

    I attended this last night and can highly recommend it. It was truly impressive how much Chris managed to cover in only two hours, including a live demonstration using two actors to show the impact of good direction.
    I’m now seriously considering taking more direction courses, some of which Chris also runs, to go even further/deeper 🙂

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