The Directing Masterclass


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Masterclass Overview

Be a fly on the wall as we prepare for and shoot complicated scenes, explaining over 2 dozen advanced techniques that will maximise production value and optimise time on set. Take your skills to the highest level and approach your next film with utmost confidence.

"I would recommend this course to filmmakers of all levels. The scope and quality of the material covered is of an exceptionally high standard, and there are real practical takeaways to implement directly into your work. Write a script, watch this course, then go make a film!" - Pearse Healy

Throughout this Masterclass, our goal is to provide you with an all-inclusive understanding of technical directing so that planning and filming even the most complicated scene will come as second nature. Throughout this entire course we’ll be blocking in 3D, using our six manikins. Our manikins are perfect for blocking out scenes and describing camera techniques as they’re completely expressionless, so all of the emotion and energy in the scene must be accomplished from the camera move alone – putting all emphasis on the camera technique rather than the performance. In doing this, you’ll see just how important camera work is when attaching emotion to a scene and drawing the audience into the character’s frame of mind and the action within the scene.

This class is intended for directors and DOP's of all levels - from beginners to seasoned pro's who want to take their technical directing to the highest level. This class will also benefit actors who want to gain a more technical understanding, and anyone looking to cross over from other disciplines.

Starting with the very basics, in classes 2, 3 and 4 we’ll be dealing with shot types, shot sizes, the 180 degree rule and how to break it.

In classes 5, 6, and 7 we’ll be discussing framing, perspective, focal length, coverage and shot choices.

Class 8 deals with stationary blocking where we’ll discuss how to block various setups using a still camera.

In classes 9, 10, and 11 we’ll be discussing how to plan for moving camera shots, including the development of a floorplan, storyboard, and shot list.

In classes 12 to 21 we work with the moving camera and develop a comprehensive language of camera moves.

Finally we’ll conclude in video 22.

Class 1: Introduction and Overview
Class 2: Shot Sizes
Class 3: Shot Types
Class 4: The 180 Degree Rule
Class 5: Framing and Perspective
Class 6: Focal Length
Class 7: Coverage and Shot Choices
Class 8: Still Camera Blocking
Class 9: Camera Movement
Class 10: Static Camera vs Moving Camera
Class 11: Planning for the Moving Camera
Class 12: Connecting Keyframes
Class 13: Optimising Coverage Through Movement
Class 14: Slow Reveals
Class 15: The Parallax Effect
Class 16: Parallel Tracking
Class 17: Handing Off
Class 18: The Slow Push/Pull
Class 19: Tracking The Master
Class 20: Converging Camera and Subject
Class 21: Crane Techniques
Class 22: Conclusion