Directing Actors

This Weekend course uses the demonstration, practical exercises and on screen examples, the class is designed to give a concise and actionable approach for new and existing directors seeking to improve their skills in working with their cast.

Using demonstration, hands-on exercises and examples from a wide range of films we will explore how the shot choices we make tell the story of our film. A sample script will be provided as a basis for homework assignments between each session. The student will be encouraged to use their own camera/device to undertake the assignments and receive feedback upon request.

Course Highlights

As a film director, our focus is often torn in many directions. We develop a vision and have a strong insight into how our film looks and sounds.

However how we communicate and influence our cast to perform our vision requires a different mindset to that used to communicate with our other collaborators.

This weekend course is designed to give new and experienced directors alike tools and techniques to get the best from your cast. Using demonstration, practical exercises and on screen examples, the class is designed to give a concise and actionable approach for new and existing directors seeking to improve their skills in working with their cast.

  • What Do Actors Do - What actors do when approaching a role - The Basic Acting Tools & Techniques.
  • What Do Actors Need From Their Director - How different types of actors need different direction.
  • Result v Playable Direction, when to know which approach is best to take.
  • How to fully prepare to meet and work with actors.
  • Analysing the Character. Context & Subtext as directing tools.
  • Casting - How to run a casting as a director to ensure you make the most informed choices..
  • Pre-production Rehearsal - Why rehearse? How to decide what to rehearse,
  • Basic techniques to get the most from a short rehearsal. You will also learn what not to rehearse.
  • Directing Actors On Set. How to guide the performance, give new directions and deal with undesired results. Keeping the Cast Energised and Engaged. Knowing when to talk and when to leave them to it. Directing additional takes to get the most from your time on set.

Programme Facts

DURATION:
2-day weekend course 

DAY AND TIME:
Saturday and Sunday 
from 9:30am – 5:30pm

START DATES:
4th & 5th Jul 2020
26th & 27th Sep 2020

FEES:
£300

Limited places available

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?