Hands On: Directing Summer Intensive Syllabus

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Hands On: Directing Summer Intensive is designed to help participants (1) research (2) breakdown (3) block and (4) have several opportunities to practice her / his directing skills.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”10″ padding_bottom=”15″][vc_column][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]

Schedule of Classes

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Week 1  [kleo_icon icon=”calendar” icon_size=””]:

  • 3 Dimensional characters
  • Dramatic structure: story, conflict, and the beat
  • Breaking down a scene into beats
  • Paired exercise
  • Film examples: Shrek, Learning Uncle Vee (LUV), The Chubbchubbs, Whale Rider

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Week 2  [kleo_icon icon=”calendar” icon_size=””]:

  • The director’s research
  • Dissecting a scene’s key beats (POV, conflict, unification of opposites, climax, reveal, reversal)
  • End result directing vs. directing the emotional content
  • Working with actors and blocking
  • Actors and Directors meet: Directors meet actors for their scenes

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Week 3  [kleo_icon icon=”calendar” icon_size=””]:

  • Participant scene studies with actors
  • Class reviews and scene feedback
  • Review of shot composition and film language
  • Master scene format, blocking, ground plans, overheads, the shot list and story board

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Week 4  [kleo_icon icon=”calendar” icon_size=””]:

  • Participant scene study with actors, props and costumes
  • Scene review and feedback
  • Lesson: The shot list, blocking, Master Scene Format, and the camera
  • Films: Apocalypse Now, Seven, Barry Lyndon

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Week 5  [kleo_icon icon=”calendar” icon_size=””]:

  • Final participant scene studies with actors
  • Class reviews and scene feedback

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”10″][vc_column][vc_column_text font_size=”16″ letter_spacing=””]Scene Study and Performances

During the first week’s session, participants will pick a scene which they would like to develop during the course of the workshop. Based on the selected scene. Actors will be assigned to each participant to work with both outside of the workshop and during scene performances in the workshop. This hands on practice is critical to the development of each participant.

Course Materials:

Laptop / tablet
2 SD cards
1 Portable hard drive


There will be assignments following each session. All written and production assignments are due at the beginning of class via email. Written assignments should be kept in students’ binders, for easy reference.  Production assignments should be transferred from SD cards to the participant’s file on the computer used in the lab.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”5″][vc_column][vc_btn title=”Checkout” color=”warning” align=”left” i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-cart-plus” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fblacktvfilmcollective.org%2Fcheckout%2F||” add_icon=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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