The film director’s journey begins with the screenplay. How we connect with and gain insight into the story on the page greatly influences the impact of the film we make. Once we have a ‘vision’ of the film we also need to make sure we can communicate this to our other collaborators effectively and with the knowledge that the script supports our choices. In order to organise his or her directorial thoughts a director needs to understand the fine art of script analysis.
For the writer/director this is doubly necessary. It is all too easy to assume our team understands the story that we know so well. Unless they are psychic or know you intimately this is unlikely to be the case. Learn how to extract the important knowledge you have buried in your brain to help others help you.
In this weekend workshop we will look at practical and dynamic approaches to working with the screenplay with a view to sharing our vision with others and in addition develop multi-layered and more engaging storytelling skills as a director.
Who is script analysis for?
This course is for all levels of directors, from beginner to advanced. If you have an interest in learning some of the most vital aspects of understanding and directing a script, come to this course! Similarly, if you’ve already directed and just want an inspirational re-tune, come along – we do those really well at Raindance.
What will I get?
The course is a combination of examples from existing films and practical hands-on exercises to better understand the techniques covered in script analysis.
Day 1 -The Screenplay And The Writer
- Looking at the Screenplay as a Map
- Working with the Writer
- Working the screenplay as writer/director.
- Communicating your vision to other Collaborators
- The Director in Development
- Working the script with the Producer
Day 2 – The Director’s Vision
- Thinking Visually – sharing with the Cinematographer
- Storyboards, shot lists and camera plans
- Using Previs for shot planning.
- The Production Designer
- Thinking about Casting.
- Casting Briefs
- Planning for the edit – The Final Re-write.
- What is a director’s vision statement and what is it used for?
The work culminates in the drawing up of a Director’s Vision statement. A valuable and often necessary tool to help both determine and convey the approach you will take to the film you are about to make.
What They Are Saying
Chris was a brilliant tutor constantly checking to see if we were “getting it” and calibrating his answers according to whether the individual was a novice or had directed a film or two. I would recommend it without hesitation as for the money and time spent, it’s a great return on investment.
Michael E. Ward
About Chris Thomas
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 the 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 short film Emma’s Last Date. He is currently in development with his dark comedy feature script, The Devil You Don’t.
Did you know?
- Raindance members save 20% on this course? 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