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FilmSkills Directing Actors Kit

At a Glance

  • From Audtition to Set - The Complete System for Working with Actors

Get the Best Performance From Your Actors.

Most directors can frame a shot and know where they want the camera, but freeze when they are staring into the eyes of an actor looking for direction. The role of the director is to get the right performance out of the actors, and in the FilmSkills Directing Actors Course, we give you the tools you need to get a convincing, emotionally rich performance from even the most difficult or inexperienced actor.

Learn the language of acting and techniques for communicating with actors. Learn the step-by step process for conducting powerful rehearsals. Get techniques from network television director on how to analyze characters in the script. We’ll identify common directing mistakes and how to avoid them.  Then learn how to work with actors on set from the moment before calling action to the moment after you call cut. Learn how to direct extras and even the military to craft a convincing and believable environment.

The FilmSkills Directing Actors Course gives you all the tools you need to effectively work with actors both on and off the set to achieve the performance you want.

Learn from 25 Professionals Including:

  • Mary Lou Belli - Emmy-winning television director, Monk, Charles in Charge, The Hughleys, and Major Dad
  • Guy Shalem - Emmy-nominated director and producer, Betty White's Off Their Rockers, and Recorded Lives
  • Bethany Rooney - Television Director, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Private Practice
  • Josh McLaglen - 1st Assistant Director, Titanic, Avatar, Beowulf, Real Steel, X-Men: First Class, and The Polar Express
  • Rob Bowman - Director, The X-Files, Castle, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Executive Producer, Castle
  • Anthony Ray Parker - Actor, The Matrix, The Marine, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Billy DaMota - Casting Director, The Running Man, Predator, The Three Amigos, Project X

Disc 1:

Finding Actors - Learn how to work with casting directors to approach recognizable actors, how to develop a script that appeals to certain talent, the art of packaging, casting actors on your own, and the pros and cons of working with unknowns.

Auditions - Learn how to find the ideal audition space, attract qualified actors, conduct auditions, and learn what to look for so you can find the perfect cast for your movie.

Callbacks - Learn how to conduct the second and third auditions, what to do after the auditions, recognize danger signs in actors, and how to prepare the actors for the next step: the rehearsals.

Disc 2:

The Art of Directing Actors - Learn from Hollywood actors and directors on how to approach and work effectively with actors on set, how to deal with problematic actors, and how to communicate in the actor’s language.

Rehearsing Actors - Learn how to structure rehearsals, how to conduct a table read, and what the responsibilities are of the director and actors during the rehearsal process.

Disc 3:

Analyzing Character - In this module, you will learn directing techniques to help actors determine the subtext, intent, and back story of their characters. Develop your directing skills and help your actors portray honest, memorable characters.

Rehearsal Exercises - Learn valuable techniques from working Hollywood directors to get to the heart of the actors’ performance, learn rehearsal techniques from developing the character to overcoming mental blocks on the set.

Directing Mistakes - Learn to identify common directing problems and how to fix them to ensure you get the best performance on set possible.

Disc 4:

Directing Actors on Set - Learn what to say to an actor at the beginning of every scene – 30 seconds before you call action and 30 seconds after you call cut, learn how to rehearse on set, establish strong blocking, and how to help actors balance their performance with the technicalities of film production.

Directing Extras - Learn how to find extras, the right way to direct them, how to cheat them on set, liability concerns and how to avoid them, logistics on the shooting day, and the most common problems filmmakers encounter when working with extras

This kit includes:

  • • 4 - DVD Series
  • • 238 minutes of engaging videos
  • • 25 Hollywood Instructors, several Emmy winners• 67 page illustrated companion guide
  • • From casting to working on set
  • • Used in the nation's top film schools

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Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

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$199.00