Spend a week with a master director and get an intimate view of their process.

Date: Jul 29-Aug 4, 2018
Levels:  Advanced, Master
Workshop Fee:  $1695
Max Class Size: 16

For directors and filmmakers who want to enter into a master film and television director’s process as they shape performances and achieve the overall vision for a production.

The week combines lectures, screenings, scene analysis, and practical work.  Guided by our guest director, the class will go through the process of preparing, rehearsing, photographing, and editing a scene.  From this exercise comes the material for discussion, debate, and insights.

The class begins with an analysis of a feature length script and the selection of a specific scene for production.  Monday afternoon the class meets professional actors for a casting session. The cast and class have a read-through that evening.  On Tuesday, the director, cast, and class rehearse, block and prepare the set or location. On Wednesday and Thursday the scene is shot, with plenty of time for questions and discussion.  You’ll see first hand how the magic of film becomes reality from inside the process. Learn the importance of scene coverage, point-of-view, camera moves, and how the director communicates with cast and crew to get the most out of each.  On Friday, the director and class will edit the material into a finished scene, discussing editing options along the way.

The class will also cover the dynamics of a director’s career path. By the end of the week you will know what makes an effective film director.

In addition to being offered on an individual basis, this workshop is also Week Nine of the 10 Week Directing Intensive.

Image Credit: Kara Birnbaum

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Instructor: Karen Moncrieff

An award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Karen Moncrieff’s directorial credits include episodes of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, the iconic Emmy-winning show Six Feet Under, and critically-acclaimed feature films.