Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: You, The Filmmaker

    • Live Session #1

    • Intro

    • What Kind of Filmmaker Are You?

    • Exercise: What Kind of Filmmaker Are You?

    • Finding the Right Story

    • Exercise: A Good Story Idea

    • Components to Good Short Film Stories

    • Get to the Script!

  • 2

    Chapter 2: The Role of the Director

  • 3

    Chapter 3: Visualization

    • Intro

    • Thinking Visually: Theme

    • Thinking Visually: Composition

    • Thinking Visually: Emotion

    • Thinking Visually: Camera Movement

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Prep

    • Intro

    • The Importance of Storyboards

    • The Storyboarding Process

    • Assignment: The Storyboard

    • The Shot List

    • Assignment: The Shot List

    • The Overhead

    • The Director's Notebook

    • Video: Francis Ford Coppola's Director's Notebook

  • 5

    Chapter 5: Life On Set

    • Live Session #2

    • Intro

    • Above the Line Crew

    • Below the Line Crew

    • A Successful Day

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Working with Actors

    • Intro

    • The Basics of Performance

    • Emotions, Verbs, and the Power of Risk

    • Crafting the Performance

    • The Well-Run Audition

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Staging Actors

    • Intro

    • The Basics

    • The I Formation

    • Other Formations

    • Video: How to Make an Overhead Map

    • Assignment: Make an Overhead Map

  • 8

    Chapter 8: Building to Rehearsal

    • Live Session #3

    • Intro

    • Acting Styles and Approach

    • Three Things Your Actors Need

    • Rehearsal

  • 9

    Chapter 9: Designing Your Film

    • Intro

    • Design Questions

    • Production Design

    • Costume Design

    • Lighting

    • Conclusion

    • Video: How to Create A Look Book

    • Assignment: Create a Look Book!

  • 10

    Chapter 10: Directing On Set

    • Intro

    • Managing Your Schedule

    • Managing Conflict

    • Helpful Tips

  • 11

    Chapter 11: Editing

    • Live Session #4

    • Intro

    • A Brief History of Cutting

    • It Starts With the Script!

    • Some Tips and Tricks

    • Workflow

    • Video: Psycho - Shower Scene

    • Assignment: The Shower Scene

  • 12

    Chapter 12: Post!

    • Intro

    • Editing - What to Focus On

    • Editing - Knowing When You're Done

    • Score

    • Sound

    • Color

  • 13

    Chapter 13: Life After the Film

    • Intro

    • Next Steps

    • Exercise: Who Is Your Audience?

    • Film Festivals

    • Exercise: Film Festivals

    • Raising Money

    • The Next Film

    • Exercise: Brainstorming

  • 14

    Chapter 14: A Life in Film?

    • Intro

    • My Story

    • Film School

    • Things to Remember

    • Do It

    • Exercise: Your Finished Film

  • 15

    Chapter 15: That's a Wrap!

    • Live Session #5

    • That's a Wrap!

    • Exercise: Story Exercise

    • Exercise: What Have You Learned

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