A director must have the ability to interpret and translate the written ideas of the screenplay into cinematic form. This overview lecture course gives the aspiring director a comprehensive practical understanding of the film director's craft -- the language, grammar, and tools of the medium -- from the first script reading to the last day of principal photography and into post-production. Lectures, discussions, screenings, assignments, and class projects guide students through the complex process of shooting a movie. Topics include script analysis, casting, directing the actor, acting for the camera, collaborating with the creative team, planning the shot list, camera blocking, visual composition, subtext, lighting, set design, and special effects.
Textbook: Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd Edition by Christopher Kenworthy.
This class is available in 2 formats:
1. Live Webinar
An instructor-led course that takes place through our learning management system at a scheduled date and time. You have the ability to ask questions and interact with the instructor. If applicable, homework assignments can be emailed to the teacher for feedback.
2. On-Demand Video
A downloadable video recording of the class for people who can't commit to a specific day and time for regular class meetings or who wish to get started immediately. These self-paced instructional videos include the same PowerPoint presentations and other course materials as the live lectures, only without teacher feedback or the ability to ask questions. The benefit of the videos is you can rewind and fast forward to particular sections, and rewatch the class as many times as you want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer or mobile device.