Directing Intensive (IFCP)

The guiding force of any narrative film is the director. This two – week intensive is for emerging film directors interested in the craft, process and techniques of directing. Casting, rehearsal techniques, script, storyboarding and scene analysis, art direction and collaboration are examined and experienced by each class member. Students explore and develop effective ways to lead, inspire, manage and direct the cast and crew's creative energies in order to realize the director's vision. This course is specifically designed to provide an understanding of storytelling techniques and story development through actors and the camera. It addresses the major practical issues associated with narrative filmmaking.

© Christian RandolphThe relationship between actors and the camera is a primary responsibility of the director and is the focus of the second week of this intensive. This 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 working with actors, to work out blocking and camera moves, and inspire performances from all involved.  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. 

Winter/Spring lodging and meal package available for $475 per week. Includes breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. Dinner services are not available during our Winter/Spring session. Meal plan (mandatory) without lodging $100 per week.