Directing Actors for the Camera

Learn to cast, rehearse, block, and direct a team of professional actors in a short dramatic scene.

Carrie LeonardThe relationship between actors and the camera is a primary responsibility of the director. This course is a practical laboratory for directors who want to explore the process of directing both actors and camera operators. Students are required to bring a two-to-three minute scene from a script with two or three characters from a film they have not seen or from a play, novel, short story or their own original screenplay.

Throughout the week, students cast and rehearse scenes using a team of professional actors, work out blocking and camera moves, inspire performances from all involved and create any necessary shot coverage to tell the story. Cameras, lighting and sets are basic; the goal is to explore the directorial and collaborative processes and the techniques needed to create convincing performances. The camera is used to help tell the story rather than as a simple recording device. This course is designed to work as a companion to the Acting Techniques for Directors workshop.

Instructors

Alan Myerson

Emmy-nominated Alan Myerson began his career in New York directing off-Broadway productions and taught acting before moving to Chicago to direct Second City and then back to New York to direct the original Second City company that had moved there. He was a founding member of the Directors Unit of the Actors Studio. In 1963 he moved to San Francisco and founded The Committee where he was the director and producer in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York on Broadway through 1974. During that time, Alan taught acting at U.C. Berkeley and at San Francisco State. He has written feature films including Universal Studios' It's Showtime! and has directed theatrical features, television films and pilots, and more that 200 television episodes. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is listed in Who's Who in America. Alan has been nominated for Emmy, DGA, and CableACE Awards. Theatrical and television movies include Police Academy 5, Private Lessons, Steelyard Blues, Hi Honey, I'm Dead, Bad Attitudes, and Holiday Affair. TV series include Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Friends, Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, ED, JAG, Gilmore Girls, Picket Fences, Miami Vice, Crime Story, Hunter, Laverne & Shirley, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, and Archie Bunker's Place. As well as teaching Directors' workshops in Rockport at Maine Media Workshops, he is an adjunct professor at USC, teaching graduate directing students.