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FilmSkills Directors Craft Kit

At a Glance

  • From blocking to storyboarding, learn the process of visual storytelling
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Learn the Other Half of Directing 

Once the director yells, “Action,” a dance begins between the actor and the camera. The director’s role is much more than that of directing the actors. The director must also craft the visual story by planning the coverage of each scene, blocking the camera and actors, and establish the overall look of the story.

In the FilmSkills Director’s Craft Course, you will learn the cinematic language and techniques for interpreting the story and crafting a visual experience that compliments the actors’ performances.  Learn how to begin a project, break down the script for story and character, plan the look of the visual story, properly shoot a scene, effectively block actors for both story and function, successfully utilize basic and advanced coverage techniques as well as how to storyboard and shot list your movie.

Go on set with a remarkable list of instructors whose TV shows and movies you see every day. Learn the craft of directing and bring your productions to the next level with the FilmSkills Director’s Craft Course.

Learn from 20 Instructors, including:

  • Josh McLaglen - Producer, Avatar, X-Men: Days of Future Past; 1st Assistant Director,  Titanic, Avatar, Beowulf, Real Steel, X-Men: First Class, and The Polar Express
  • Bethany Rooney - Television Director, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Private Practice
  • David Stump, ASC - Academy-Award winning cinematographer, A Quantum of Solace, Flight Plan, Fantastic Four, and X-Men
  • Steve Zuckerman - Director, Everybody Loves Raymond, Full House, Golden Girls, Friends, and According to Jim
  • Rob Bowman - Director,  The X-Files, Star Trek, The Next Generation, Executive Producer, Castle
  • Andrew Davis - Director, The Fugitive, Code of Silence, Chain Reaction, Collateral Damage, and The Guardian
  • Randal Kleiser - Director, Grease, Blue Lagoon, Flight of the Navigator, Getting It Right, Lovewrecked and It's My Party
  • Lance Fisher S.O.C. - Camera Operator,  Jonas, House M.D., Blade: Trinity, and The Shield

Disc 1:

Beginning a Project - Learn how to begin the directing process, read the script for the first time, best prepare long before you even set foot on set, and how to breakdown the script for character and story.

The Visual Story - Learn how to use visual elements of shape, space, line, color, rhythm, movement and tone to frame the story.

Disc 2:

How to Shoot a Scene - Learn the process of how to shoot a scene: blocking, light, rehearse, tweak, and shoot.  

Blocking Actors - Learn how to block the actors, what story cues to look for, how to drive the blocking emotionally, and how to work with the actors to get the best physical performance possible.

Disc 3:

Basic Coverage - Learn the basic template for shooting the action in a scene - the master, coverage, inserts and cat-in-the-window shots, learn how to vary shot size to increase coverage, break the standard, plan for the edit, and ensure you get the coverage you need.

Advanced Coverage - Learn how to craft a oner, create a psychological impact for each shot, create compelling establishing shots, manipulate the pacing and rhythm of a scene, determine the opening visual, and enhance transitions from one scene to the next.  

Disc 4:

Storyboards and Pre-Visualization - Learn how to work with a storyboard artist, use pre-visualization software, know how detailed storyboards should be, creative restrictions to be aware of, how to create storyboards even if you can't draw, and when to use animatics.

Kit Includes:

  • 4 DVD Series
  • 239 minutes of engaging videos
  • 20 Hollywood Instructors, several Emmy winners• 74 page illustrated companion guide
  • Covers the entire director's process
  • Used in the nation's top film schools

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