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Director's Toolkit

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Learn practical skills every screen director needs to know to feel confident directing drama including:

  • Breaking down a script

  • Improvisation and rehearsal techniques

  • Cinematic tools for scene impact & story pace

This course is designed for emerging directors, including theatre directors, actors, writers, and producers but it is recommend you do our Intro to Directing course first if you have no industry experience.

The course delivery includes introductions of theoretical context for each concept, group exercises - including working with professional actors - discussions and debriefings, and the application of concepts and tools in a progressive, experiential, engaging and insightful way.

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the role and what is required of a director in pre-production, production and post-production

  • Break down a script

  • Cast with confidence

  • Work creatively and collaboratively with your cast

  • Work creatively and collaboratively with your crew

  • Effectively achieve your desired result in directing your piece or genre


David Caesar is a graduate of AFTRS with a significant slate of directing credits. His TV Drama credits include over 100 hours of television including Rush, Underbelly Razor, Phryne Fisher and Underbelly Badness. He also Co-wrote and directed the award winning mini series Power Games for channel 9. David also has documentary credits includingLiving Rooms, Body Work and Fences which had theatrical releases and won awards at Sydney, Melbourne and St Kilda Film Festivals. 

He has written and directed five feature films, Greenkeeping, Idiot Box, Mullet, Dirty Deedsand Prime Mover. Mullet won the AWGIE for best original screenplay and Australian Critics award best original screenplay in 2001 and best direction at the Shanghai film festival in 2002 and Prime Mover won the Queensland literary award for best original Screenplay in 2009. Most recently he directed Nowhere Boys-the Movie for Matchbox Pictures and Hyde and Seek for Channel 9. Currently he is developing new series and Feature Films.


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