Go deeper into aesthetics and craft to become a more complete filmmaker
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In this two-week workshop we will explore advanced dynamics relating to pre-production, production, and post-production. Guided by the core instructor and accomplished guest faculty and speakers, students will examine concepts relating to directorial perspective and technique and explore how to master the look of a film.
Topics include how to prepare a look book to help define the visual impact of your film, how to use image, color, and framing to amplify the story’s theme and emotional core, doing test shots, and developing a shot list. To deepen your skills as a director, you’ll examine how to refine your concept to clarify a directorial point-of-view, learn how to collaborate with actors, and be introduced to the language that leads to effective performances.
The class will also explore set lighting, effective scene coverage and camera moves that land with impact. You’ll also learn new possibilities in post-production: how to heighten your film’s impact through color grading and sound design. Students will complete exercises to support their exploration of the material being covered.
Instructor: Valerie Landsburg
Valerie Landsburg is an actor, director, and writer. Although she has a large body of work, with four decades in film, television, and on stage, she is best known for playing Doris Schwartz on the hit television series Fame. Her latest film as a director, Love & Debt, was acquired for U.S. release and is currently available on Amazon, Spectrum, Cox, Xfinity, and YouTube Movies. The film features Tom Cavanagh, Bellamy Young, and Bailee Madison. Her other directing credits include the action-thriller Bound by Lies starring Stephen Baldwin and Kristy Swanson, and Trixie’s Score. Other acting credits include Nip/Tuck, The Unit, Columbo, Empty Nest, Beverly Hills 90210, and Murder, She Wrote. On Broadway she acted in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures, and appeared off-Broadway in Surviving Grace and Woody Allen’s The Floating Light Bulb. A long time improviser, she has frequently performed at the Groundlings Theater.
In this two-week workshop we will explore advanced dynamics relating to pre-production, production, and post-production. Guided by the core instructor and accomplished guest faculty and speakers, students will examine concepts relating…