How do directors approach creative collaboration with actors, to create powerful film performances?
Through demonstration, practical exercises, and case studies from a range of films, the course is designed to provide students with a practical and useable palette of skills - associated with the process of directing a performance for film.
The course is designed to support new directors, to progress their on-set skillset, and working practices, as well as developing their communication and interpersonal skills, which are equally essential for directors to possess and utilise.
What actors do when approaching a role – exploring the tools and techniques associated with the craft of acting.
What do Actors need from a Director - How different types of actors need different forms of direction. Result directing versus playable direction. When to know which approach is best.
How to fully prepare to meet and work with actors. Analysing the Character. Context and subtext as effective directing tools.
Casting - How to run a casting, to ensure you make the most informed choices. Casting Exercises.
Each student will have the opportunity to run a short casting session to receive formative feedback from both tutor and actors.
Why rehearse? How to decide what to rehearse. Basic techniques to get the most from a short rehearsal session. What not to rehearse!
Each student will have the opportunity to work with actors in a short rehearsal, to apply learnt techniques to receive formative feedback.
How to guide the performance, and give new directions and deal with undesired results. Keeping the cast energised and engaged. Knowing when to talk and when to not. Directing additional takes (bracket the performance), in order to maximise your time on set.
Students will have the opportunity to direct two actors in front of a camera with a focus on directing their performances. You will receive constructive feedback and the footage will be reviewed via basic edits in the final week.
Using the footage from the previous workshops, as well as other examples, you will explore how choices made on set affect the final cut. We will then recap the journey to this point, and offer ways of developing your skillset further.