Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: You, The Filmmaker

    • Story Masters - Directing - Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - What Kind of Filmmaker Are You?

    • Exercise: What Kind of Filmmaker Are You?

    • Story Masters - Directing - Finding the Right Story

    • Exercise: A Good Story Idea

    • Story Masters - Directing - Components to Good Short Film Stories

    • Story Masters - Directing - Get to the Script!

  • 2

    Chapter 2: The Role of the Director

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Visualization

    • Story Masters - Directing - Visualization - Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - Thinking Visually: Theme

    • Story Masters - Directing - Thinking Visually: Composition

    • Story Masters - Directing - Thinking Visually: Emotion

    • Story Masters - Directing - Thinking Visually: Camera Movement

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Prep

    • Story Masters - Directing - Organizing Your Shoot- Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Importance of Storyboards

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Storyboarding Process

    • Assignment: The Storyboard

    • Story Masters - Directing - the Shot List

    • Assignment: The Shot List

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Overhead

    • Story Masters - Directing - the Director's Notebook

    • Francis Ford Coppola's Director's Notebook

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Life On Set

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Whos and Whats of the Set - Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - Above the Line Crew

    • Story Masters - Directing - Below the Line Crew

    • Story Masters - Directing - A Successful Day

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Working with Actors

    • Story Masters - Directing - Working with Actors - Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Basics of Performance

    • Story Masters - Directing - Emotions, Verbs, and the Power of Risk

    • Story Masters - Directing - Crafting The Performance

    • Story Masters - Directing - The Well-Run Audition

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Staging Actors

    • Story Masters - Directing - Staging Actors - Intro

    • Story Masters - Directing - Staging Actors - The Basics

    • Story Masters - Directing - Staging Actors - The I Formation

    • Story Masters - Directing - Staging Actors - Other Formations

    • Video: How to Make an Overhead Map

    • Assignment: Make an Overhead Map

  • 8

    Chapter 8: Building to Rehearsal

    • Story Masters Directing - Acting - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - Acting - Styles and Approach

    • Story Masters Directing - Acting - Three Things Your Actors Need

    • Story Masters Directing - Acting - Rehearsal

  • 9

    Chapter 9: Designing Your Film

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Questions

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Production Design

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Costume Design

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Lighting

    • Story Masters Directing - Design - Conclusion

    • Video: How to Create A Look Book

    • Assignment: Create a Look Book!

  • 10

    Chapter 10: Directing On Set

    • Story Masters Directing - On Set - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - On Set - Managing Your Schedule

    • Story Masters Directing - Managing Conflict

    • Story Masters Directing - Helpful Tips

  • 11

    Chapter 11: Editing

    • Story Masters Directing - Editing - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - Editing - A Brief History of Cutting

    • Story Masters Directing - Editing - It Starts With the Script!

    • Story Masters Directing - Editing - Some Tips and Tricks

    • Story Masters Directing - Editing - Workflow

    • Video: Psycho - Shower Scene

    • Assignment: The Shower Scene

  • 12

    Chapter 12: Post!

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Editing - What to Focus On

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Editing - Knowing When You're Done

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Score

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Sound

    • Story Masters Directing - Post-Production: Color

  • 13

    Chapter 13: Life After the Film

    • Story Masters Directing - Life After the Film - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - Life After the Film - Next Steps

    • Exercise: Who Is Your Audience?

    • Story Masters Directing - Life After the Film - Film Festivals

    • Exercise: Film Festival

    • Story Masters Directing - Life After the Film - Raising Money

    • Story Masters Directing - Life After The Film - The Next Film

    • Exercise: Brainstorming

  • 14

    Chapter 14: A Life in Film?

    • Story Masters Directing - A Life in Film? - Intro

    • Story Masters Directing - A Life in Film? - My Story

    • Story Masters Directing - A Life in Film? - Film School

    • Story Masters Directing - Life of a Filmmaker - Things To Remember

    • Story Masters Directing - Life of a Filmmaker - Do It

    • Assignment: Your Finished Film

  • 15

    Chapter 15: That's a Wrap!

    • Story Masters Directing - That's a Wrap!

    • Story Exercise

    • What Have You Learned

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