About the Directors Foundation Certificate
The director is ultimately responsible for every image and sound that appears on the screen – and thus for a film’s artistic success or failure. This five-week film directing course provides a detailed overview of the skills, knowledge and professional requirements for those wishing to direct for the screen.
What will it cover?
Week 1: The Director and the Script
The script is the blueprint for a movie; it is the director’s job is to interpret the screenplay and then bring it to life. Students will first discover how a good director translates the written word into the visual elements on the screen.
Analysing the script
Discovering the true story
Identifying key moments
Finding additional visual elements
Week 2: The Grammar of Directing
Directors use a wide variety of shots and lenses to compose their scenes and create a vocabulary of cinematic techniques. It is especially important for directors to learn the do’s and do not’s of the grammar of directing.
Camera placement and technique
Framing and composition
Storyboarding and previsualization as directing tools
Week 3: The Director and the Rehearsal
One of a director’s biggest challenges is to effectively communicate his/her vision with the cast. Therefore, it is crucial for directors to learn how to run a rehearsal in addition to creating mood and tension on-screen by inspiring the actors. In addition, this class involves working with and directing real actors.
Working with actors
Creating characters for the screen
Tools for communicating with actors
Rehearsal process and staging
Week 4: Directing the Shoot
It is the director’s job to oversee the production on set and on location. Using professional camera, lighting and sound equipment this class will involve shooting with a plan to having enough material to then produce and edit for the final class. • Shot lists and scheduling • The director’s focus on set • Preparing to shoot • Good communication while under pressure • Making decisions and staying flexible • Shooting for the edit
Week 5: Directing the Edit
In the edit, the audiovisual material collected during the shoot is organised to tell the story in the best way. It is especially important for the director to thoroughly understand the editing process.
Time scale and project management explained
Viewing rushes and making decisions
Working with sound and music
View an edit from last week’s rushes
What will you achieve?
On completion of the Directors Foundation Certificate, students will have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to then undertake their first directing projects.
How will you be taught?
A mix of lecture-style, demonstration and also practical instruction with tutor guidance. Weeks three and four will also involve working with actors. In addition, there will also be some further reading and additional activities suggested.
Who should attend?
The Directors Foundation Certificate is suitable for beginner directors, as well as those interested in finding out more about directing for the screen. It is also suitable for those seeking to refresh their existing knowledge.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
You will finish the course with: Directors Foundation Certificate
Director’s Foundation Certificate includes how a director works with and interprets the screenplay, working with actors in rehearsal and on-set, and the technical aspects of directing. It will also cover what a director does on the day of the shoot, and then working with the editor.
A computer with a good internet connection
*A notebook is recommended
This course is taught online
5 days (6:30pm to 9:00pm)
Next available date
3rd December 2020