Learn to cast, rehearse, block, and direct actors. Explore how the camera and cinematography are used to help tell the story

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NOTE: 2020 DATES FOR THIS COURSE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19. Many Directing courses Including a 4-Week Intensive, have been Moved to an online format. VIEW THOSE OFFERINGS HERE 

This course is a practical laboratory for filmmakers who want to explore the process of directing both actors and cinematographers. 

Throughout the week, students cast and rehearse scenes using a team of professional actors, work on staging, blocking, and camera moves, and inspire performances from all involved; integrating these two fundamental skills of a film director. The goal is to explore the directorial and collaborative processes and the techniques needed to create convincing performances, and effective scene coverage, and to carry the director’s vision forward.

In addition to directors and actors who want to increase their understanding of film techniques, the class will also be valuable for cinematographers who want to further explore the relationship between camera and performance.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also part of both the 8 Week Directing Intensive, and the 8 Week Cinematography Intensive 

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Instructor: Geary McLeod, ASC, DGA

Geary McLeod’s directing credits include Empire, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS: New Orleans, The Mentalist, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Light as a Feather, The Bold Type, Dynasty, and Famous in Love. Previously a cinematographer, he brings a unique perspective to the dynamics of directing actors for the camera. His cinematography credits include Barbershop, The Mentalist, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, Dirt, City of Angels, and Mad Men. Earlier in his career he was a camera operator on films like The Deep End of the Ocean, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Money Train, Clockers, and Holes. He is a member of both the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) as well as the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).