Explore the directors creative process, style, and set management with an acclaimed director

Successful films require the guidance of a strong director who has done all of the homework and has a full understanding of the story he/she wants to tell. This course is for working film and television directors and filmmakers who want to explore a film director's creative process in shaping a performance and choosing scene coverage in a dramatic film. During the week there are screenings of important films and a review and critique of participants' reels. Discussions and exercises addressing such topics as the director's process, crew management, and directing styles are held daily. The class analyzes a feature-length script and selects a scene, then assists and participates with the directing faculty in the production of the scene. Auditions with professional actors as well as rehearsals and blocking are overseen by the instructor. Students analyze the importance and usage of shot coverage, point-of-view, camera placement and movement, and performance techniques in assembling the pieces into a seamless, dramatic scene.


Mel Damski

Mel Damski has directed 29 movies and hundreds of hours of series television, from MASH to Boston Legal. For the last eight years, he has been the producer-director of Psych on USA network. 
He has been nominated for an Oscar, two Emmy Awards, and earned a Christopher Award for Everybody’s Baby: the Rescue of Jessica McClure.! !

A graduate of the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies, Mel has taught at AFI, USC and most recently NYU. He is the founder of the Cascadia Film Workshops, which launched June, 2014 on the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. A former Newsday reporter, Mel writes a weekly column, If I Ran The Zoo, which was recently awarded first place by the Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association. 

Mel is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director’s Guild of America. He was the co-chairman of the DGA Creative Rights Committee for many years and served on the Health and Pension Board. He also created the Director’s Guild charity golf tournament.

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Course Dates

Oct 12 to Oct 18




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