Directing Fundamentals

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Raindance members get 20% off this course.
Next date:
Thursday 17 January, 18:30-20:30
Duration: Single evening
Address: Raindance Film Centre, 10a Craven Street, London, WC2N 5PE or online
Members get one free place, non members will be admitted at full price
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About Directing Fundamentals

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, Simon Hunter will demonstrate effective ways of sharing your vision with your main collaborators, the producer, director of photography and cast.

Who should attend?

Directing Fundamentals 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, Simon 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 Fundamentals 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

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. You can find EDIE cinema tickets here, Simon lives in the German capital, Berlin. Since 1999 he has regularly lectured for RAINDANCE and other organisations

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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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lara Genovese

    Well organized in a concentrated quantity

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keiko (verified owner)

    So Informative, practical, and worth attending!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucy Linger

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

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 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. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gelsomina (verified owner)

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

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jess Dowse (verified owner)

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

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5


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

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rajeeva (verified owner)

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

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Orji (verified owner)

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

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