Develop effective ways to lead, inspire, and direct the cast and crew's energies to realize a creative vision

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This course will also be offered online, at a discount June 15-19, 2020

The guiding force of any narrative film is the director. This workshop is for emerging film directors interested in the craft, process and techniques of directing. Casting, rehearsal techniques, script, storyboarding and scene analysis, camera placement, and collaboration are examined and experienced by each class member. Students explore and develop effective ways to lead, inspire, manage and direct the cast and crew’s creative energies in order to realize the director’s vision. Following lecture, exercises, and discussion of process, participants will cast, block, rehearse, and shoot at least one short scene in this workshop. This course is specifically designed to provide an understanding of storytelling techniques and story development through actors and the camera. It addresses the major practical issues associated with narrative filmmaking.


“Friendly atmosphere with a great educational experience.  The best!”

– Colby Clark, Clarks Summit, PA

“Highly recommended for any serious filmmaker”

– Wei Zhou (Jason), Mountain View, CA


Image Credits: Tor Rolf Jojansen, Alexis Mpaka

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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. Moncrieff’s second feature, The Dead Girl, starring Toni Collette, Josh Brolin, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Kerry Washington, Giovanni Ribisi, and Rose Byrne premiered at the AFI film festival and went on to win the Grand Prix at Deauville. It was nominated for three Spirit Awards including Best Feature, and Best Director.