Great directors must be great storytellers. Our Directing program is based on the idea that one’s vision as a director is developed through practice, encouragement, critical feedback, collaboration, and a lot of practice.
A young director’s best chance to get the money for his/her first film is to present a screenplay which is sold on the condition that he/she can direct it. To achieve this and ultimately create a great film, the director must know what makes a scene work and how it should be written and edited. He or she must also be fully aware of the proper structure of the screenplay and its dramaturgical elements.
But mastering the written word is not enough. To bring the script to life, we teach our young filmmakers to tell their stories visually. We also train them to do it with a distinct and clear style. Students practice the methods of mise-en-scène, text analysis, casting, working with and leading actors, and more. They receive both instruction and positive critiques on their classwork in each of these areas. During the workshops we provide them with the necessary equipment and training to apply what they learn in real-world situations.
Directing students also learn another part of their job: running a set. This includes effectively communicating with the various on-set departments (camera, lighting, art department, costume, hair and makeup) to work together toward a clear, shared vision. Only through effective coordination and collaboration with all of these creative parties can a film realize its full potential.
In summary, our goal is for Directing students to master visual storytelling within an atmosphere that allows them to express their ideas with ever-increasing creative and technical skill.