Intro to Directing

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

'What does a director do?'

This introductory, two day course will focus on the responsibilities and workflow of the film and television director, from pre through post production.

You will learn:

  • What does a director do?

  • Narrative storytelling - what is it?

  • The flow of story information

  • Cause and effect

  • The script - interpreting visuals

  • Visual economy in storytelling

  • Directing: communicating through pictures

  • The screenplay

  • Story as a visual guide

  • Plot and character development

  • Director relationships - writer, cinematographer, actors, editor

  • Preproduction - how to prepare to shoot

  • Actor processes / rehearsal techniques (directing actors)

  • Scheduling

  • Creating shot lists

  • Casting

  • Locations - scouting and securing

  • Production

  • The departments: an overview

  • The basic principles of blocking for camera & cast, i.e. ‘Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot’

  • Post-production

  • Principles of film editing

  • Stages: Assembly, Rough Cut, Fine Cut

  • The role of director in post production

Feedback from previous students:

'Fantastic teacher. Prior to turning up I was wondering what benefit a weekend course could actually be and couldn't imagine that I would learn terribly much in just two days. This turned this thought on its head!'

'Although only an introductory course, I learnt more than I could have hoped for.'


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