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Go deep into the art of directing in this four-week intensive, guided by directors whose credits include “The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Sex and the City”, “House of Cards”, “Elementary”, “Justified”, and “Nurse Jackie”.
The full 4-week Intensive is sold out, but some individual weekly seats remain. Email [email protected] with your query.
The Director’s Craft | Peter Werner
In the first week of the intensive students are introduced to the primary responsibilities of the film director. With the guidance of Oscar-winning director Peter Werner (ELEMENTARY, JUSTIFIED, GRIMM, LAW & ORDER: SVU) students explore and develop effective ways to lead, inspire, manage and direct the cast and crew’s creative energies in order to realize the directorial vision. You will explore and practice casting, rehearsal techniques, as well as script and scene analysis. Discover how to constructively communicate with your collaborators and break through the obstacles that keep you from being the most effective director and visual storyteller that you can be.
Directing Actors for the Camera | Catlin Adams
In week two, learn the language that leads to effective performances. This workshop will focus on scene analysis, exercises and techniques to take directors deeply into the dynamics of directing actors. What does an actor need from a director in order to deliver the best performance? How do directors and actors embrace the freedom to risk that can lead to breakthroughs? Preparation sets the stage for compelling and inspired work. Throughout the week, students explore and rehearse scenes with a team of professional actors.
Directing Master Class | Allen Coulter
Spend two weeks with one of today’s most accomplished directors. In weeks three and four of the intensive, get an intimate view into the process of master director Allen Coulter whose credits include THE SOPRANOS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, SEX AND THE CITY, HOUSE OF CARDS, and NURSE JACKIE. The class will examine the planning, casting, shooting and editing of scenes and sequences from the instructor’s acclaimed body of work, learning how to think outside of the box and identify the elements that can amplify a scene’s power in bold and unexpected ways. Then you will observe as this director prepares to shoot a scene, collaborates with his cinematographer, and rehearses with professional actors. You’ll watch production of the scene and then his approach to editing it. In the second week, students will have the opportunity to direct their own scenes with the instructor’s guidance. A professional cinematographer and a team of professional actors will support the class. Students will explore the dynamics and nuances of scene coverage and point-of-view, the motivation behind camera moves, and be guided by Allen on how to communicate with cast and crew to get the most out of each. These two weeks will transform your understanding of the director’s art and craft.
Instructor: Peter Werner
Peter Werner is an Academy Award-winning director with an extensive background in both television and film. His credits include Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Justified, Grimm, Unforgettable, The Wonder Years, and The Blacklist. Peter's AFI film, which he wrote and directed based on the short story "In the Region of Ice" by Joyce Carol Oates, was shown at the New York Film Festival and earned Peter an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. He has been nominated for multiple Emmy and D.G.A. Awards, and won an ACE cable Award for his HBO film, "The Image", starring Albert Finney. He holds Master's degrees in both Teaching and Documentary Film.
Instructor: Catlin Adams
Catlin Adams coaches some of Hollywood’s leading talent including A-list directors like Darren Aronofsky and Oscar-winning actors Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Brad Pitt, Rachel Weisz, and Amy Adams, as well as Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Lily Tomlin, Taylor Schilling, Charlie Hunnam, Megan Fox, and Zoe Saldana. Her clients also include singer/performers such as Christina Aguilera, Kid Cudi, Trey Songz, Gavin Rossdale, and Common.
Instructor: Allen Coulter
Allen Coulter is one of television’s most celebrated directors best known for his work on the groundbreaking series THE SOPRANOS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and SEX AND THE CITY. He has launched a significant number of iconic shows, directing the pilot episodes of NURSE JACKIE, SONS OF ANARCHY, DAMAGES, and RAY DONOVAN, among others. Other credits include HOUSE OF CARDS, GET SHORTY, LAW AND ORDER, VINYL, RUBICON, SIX FEET UNDER, THE X-FILES, EXTANT, and FOR ALL MANKIND. His television work has collaborated with filmmakers such as David Fincher, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Mann.
His feature films include the Golden Globe-nominated HOLLYWOODLAND starring Adrien Brody and Ben Affleck and REMEMBER ME starring Robert Pattinson. He received five of his seven Emmy nominations for THE SOPRANOS, having directed a total of twelve episodes for the landmark series. He was also nominated for four Director’s Guild awards as well as numerous other prizes including the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion.
His producing credits include RAY DONOVAN, THE SOPRANOS, VINYL, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, EXTANT, CIVIL, RUBICON, NURSE JACKIE, and DAMAGES.