At a glance
- An intensive hands-on film directing class
- Get yourself behind the camera
- Limited class size – avoid disappointment – book your place
About Hands-On Directing: Part One
Presenter Simon Hunter has directed 3 internationally released feature films, and over 100 commercials and short films. In this 2 day intensive masterclass, Additionally, Simon will share his learning about how to successfully mange and direct films with little budget, and multi-million dollar budgets
The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen. Learn the art and craft of film directing by getting behind the camera and shooting a scene yourself with Simon Hunter. That’s why this weekend masterclass is called Hands-on Film Directing.
This intensive weekend masterclass teaches students the techniques behind maximising the performance of the cast while realising the importance of the ultimate audience – the camera. Attendees will be given a number of practical exercises to undertake, including directing a short dramatic scene.
What will it cover?
Directing involves 3 important skill sets. A successful director needs to work with the script and find the most interesting and visually exciting moments. Then the director needs to organise the shoot and assemble the cast and crew able to deliver their vision
Lastly, on the actual set the director needs to communicate to the actors and the crew what they need to do in order to deliver the final product.
Day 1: The Grammar of Directing
View this day as a crash course on directing. It’s filled with clips and examples from tutor Simon Hunter’s vast array of work PLUS clips from classic movies.
- Shooting techniques
- Roots and reasons for selecting a camera style
- The grammar of single camera placement
- Style – approaching the script in an individual way
- Shooting script – developing your visual shorthand
- Reading and analysing the script
- Storyboarding vs. the scene sheet
- Screen geometry
- The ‘line’ – what it is and how to avoid crossing it
- Lenses – eyelines, hitting the mark, blocking, the ‘look’
- Long, medium and close-up acting
Day 2: Working with the Camera
Please come in working clothes! Learn how to work with lights, cameras and actors on a set.
- Audience and camera movement
- Directing the actors – communicating your vision
- The edit – shooting coverage, thinking in advance
- Shooting tips – save money and creating a distinctive look
- Organising the shoot and actors professionally
- Crew – maximising human resources
- The showreel – a director’s resume
- Examples of good and bad directing
- Career opportunities for directors
What will you achieve?
On completion of Hands-On Film Directing you will have acquired the skills, knowledge and practical experience to enable you to then step behind the camera and direct your own projects.
How will you be taught?
A mix of lecture-style, demonstration and also practical instruction with tutor guidance. In addition, students will have the opportunity to direct a short dramatic scene.
Who should attend Hands-on Film Directing?
Hands-On Film Directing is suitable for beginner directors, as well as those with a small amount of experience looking to improve their practical skills and develop their own directorial expression. It is also suitable for those with some theoretical knowledge of directing seeking practical experience.
About Simon Hunter
What they’re saying about Simon Hunter
It was an amazing week-end, I’ve learned so many things even though I’ve been working for 17 years in TV!
I loved that Simon’s teaching is pragmatic and down-to-earth, coming from a long and varied directing career, rather than from a theoretical perspective. Excellent use of film clips to illustrate his teaching. The shooting exercise with tutor feedback was a great education. But really, the whole weekend was packed with little gems of technique. I have recommended the workshop to friends already.
Simon’s deep experience, fierce intelligence and meticulous planning, combined with an obvious passion for his craft of directing, made for a compelling and highly worthwhile weekend of learning.
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