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

Jul 22, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024
Sep 23, 2024 - Sep 27, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $2295
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 14

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.

Directing actors for the camera

Following lectures, exercises, and discussion of the 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.

Geary McLeod, ASC DGA directing an episode of Grey's Anatomy
Previous instructor, Geary McLeod, ASC DGA directing an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.


“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

Please note: An hour-long training session on Set Etiquette and Safety will be required of anyone registered for a workshop that involves production. Students only need to participate in this session once during their time on campus.

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Karen Moncrieff

Instructor: Karen Moncrieff (Teaching Jul 22-26, 2024 - Register here)

An award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles, Karen Moncrieff’s directorial credits include episodes of the Netflix series 13 REASONS WHY and the iconic Emmy-winning show SIX FEET UNDER. While still in the midst of a successful acting career, Moncrieff transitioned to writing and directing upon winning the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting for her coming-of-age drama BLUE CAR, which became her directorial debut.

Instructor: Geary McLeod, ASC, DGA (Teaching Sep 23-27, 2024 - Register here)

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).