Film making: directing for beginners

Course Dates: 23/04/20 - 25/06/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

This course provides a practical opportunity to gain an overview of the skills and professional requirements of directing for the screen.


What is the course about?

This practical course provides an opportunity to work with TV and film scripts; understand visual
storytelling and film language. It is also covers camera and lighting, shot planning, production values and budgeting. You will have the opportunity to direct actors or act yourself while learning the importance of the director as a team leader and motivator.

What will we cover?

You will undertake all the vital elements essential to understanding the role and function of a modern director.
This will Include the following topics:
• film language
• camera and lenses,
• lighting,
• script
• shot planning
• production values and budgets,
• casting and directing actors.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use your skills and have some confidence to undertake the first steps as a fledgling director.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners are welcome. Prior knowledge is helpful but not essential.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Practical activities under the guidance of an experienced director and Film maker. There will be some planning required outside of class and suggested further reading.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Bring a notepad, pencil, pen and folder.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Film making: intensive . You could also consider a screen acting or text analysis class to support your understanding of the actors process.

Tutor Biographies
Douglas Rollins

Doug is an award winning director and filmmaker. He spent 23 years as an actor appearing as a central character in over 55 TV and film commercials. He appeared in shows such as Love Hurts, EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, The Knock, The Bill, and Torchwood. A career change to the other side of the camera came from being mentored by TV director Nigel Douglas, and Doug has since directed award-winning shorts such as The Double Deal and Now Retired. Teaching and instruction has always played a major part in what I do. I had the pleasure of joining City Lit in 2012 and it has been a wonderful experience, passsing on my particular industry skills, tips and tricks to such a wide cross section of adult students. It is a challenge when you have teenagers and octogenarians in the same class! Doug is also a visiting director at The International School of Screen Acting, Cygnet Theatre School, and for over 15 years developed the highly regarded screen acting course at Court Theatre Training Company. He takes specialist courses in Acting in Commercials along with tutoring screen directors and actors, bringing his passion, enthusiasm and broad range of industry experience.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: DRM098

Thu, eve, 23 Apr - 25 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £399.00
Senior fee: £399.00
Concession: £243.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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