Introduction to Episodic TV Directing
Find out how to translate your behind-the-camera film directorial skills to the world of TV, with insight into the landscape of cable and network television and the entire process of directing an episode.
What you can learn.
- Learn to watch TV episodes critically and how to identify the language of a series
- Gain an understanding of basic directing techniques including script breakdowns, blocking actors, and more
- Learn how to balance teamwork with the director's creative vision
- Develop your own visual language for a TV pilot that tells a story with your unique creative voice
About this course:What are the differences between directing a pilot and directing a TV episode? What makes a pilot succeed? How can I translate my film directing skills into TV directing? Get your questions answered as you gain insight in the landscape of cable and network television and you study the process of directing an episode for a television series, from the first draft to prep, production, and editing. This class is primarily for directors who want to break into television, but writers who want to get involved in the visual concept of their teleplays will also benefit. You first learn how to watch TV episodes critically and how to identify the language of a TV series as it applies to TV directing. You gain an understanding of basic directing techniques, including breaking down the script into storylines and beats, blocking and working with the actors, designing an efficient shotlist, and balancing teamwork with the director's creative vision. Class assignments require you to read and watch many teleplays and TV episodes. The ultimate goal of the course is to come up with an original visual language for a TV pilot that tells the story in your unique creative voice and can be efficiently replicated throughout many episodes.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
Internet access required.