Directing the Visual Story

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Directing the Visual Story

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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITION & CAMERA DIRECTING FOR VISUAL STORYTELLING.

A six-week course designed to introduce and enhance the attributes that inform visual storytelling, for new filmmakers.

Using demonstrations, hands-on exercises and case studies from a broad range of films, you will explore how shot choices inform the visualization of the story. A sample script will be provided as the basis for the assignments between each session. You will be encouraged to use your own camera/mobile device to undertake the projects.

> Start date: 13th of September 2018 
> Every Tuesday from 0630pm to 930pm
> 6 Weeks duration
> Limited places available
> ONLY £280

WEEK ONE: BASIC SCREEN GRAMMAR

The Impact of shot size on the frame. The impact of lens selection and camera angle of view.

WEEK TWO: THE MOVING CAMERA

How and why we move a camera during a shot. The impact of moving the camera. The single developing shot and one-shot coverage. Designing moving shots that will edit together.

WEEK THREE: STAGING THE SCENE VERSUS BLOCKING THE ACTION

Mise-en-scéne - what is it, and why it is essential.

WEEK FOUR: PRE-VISUALISATION - STORYBOARDING AND SHOT PLANNING

Traditional and state of the art methods to plan and develop the visual style of your film along with shot planning techniques.

WEEK FIVE: THE DIRECTOR & CINEMATOGRAPHER CREATIVE RELATIONSHIP

Who does what, and what they require from each other. Lighting as a storytelling tool. Working together in pre-production to enhance the director’s vision of the story.

WEEK SIX: DIRECTING ACTORS ON SET

How much directing is needed and when to let go. How to use additional takes. Pick-ups v retakes. What to do when inspiration strikes on set. How to stay flexible but on schedule?