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

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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 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.


“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

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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.