the Visual Story

The Fundamentals of Composition & Camera Directing for Visual Storytelling A six week course designed to introduce and improve the elements of visual storytelling for new filmmakers.

Using demonstration 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.

Programme Overview

Week One: Basic Screen Grammar

The Impact of shot size on the frame. The impact of lens selection and camera angle of view.

Week Two: The Moving Camera

How and why we move a camera during a shot. The impact of moving the camera. The single developing shot and one-shot coverage. Designing moving shots that will edit together.

Week Three: Staging The Scene Versus Blocking The Action

Mise-en-scéne - what is it, and why it is essential.

Week Four: Pre-visualisation - Storyboarding And Shot Planning

Traditional and state of the art methods to plan and develop the visual style of your film along with shot planning techniques.

Week Five: The Director & Cinematographer Creative Relationship

Who does what, and what they require from each other. Lighting as a storytelling tool. Working together in pre-production to enhance the director’s vision of the story.

Week Six: Directing Actors On Set

How much directing is needed and when to let go. How to use additional takes. Pick-ups v retakes. What to do when inspiration strikes on set. How to stay flexible but on schedule?

Programme Facts

6 weeks – Online, Part-time

Every Thursday from 6:30 – 9pm

10 Sep 2020


Limited places available

Entry Requirements

Minimum age: 18
Minimum English Language level: Upper-Intermediate

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Stéphanie began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus, worked as a story editor and screenwriter for French TV for several years, creating among others a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s Europa Corp: VALERIAN & LAURELINE. Her first feature film, THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins, Endeavour), premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance Film Festival, won Best Film at Kansas City Film Fest, sold to Sky Cinema and UK Amazon Prime in the U.S. and was distributed around the world. She is now producing THE LAST MOON, an elevated suspense horror film by Sean McConville (DEADLINE starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch).

Stéphanie Joalland,

Writing and Directing Tutor