The director’s job is to translate the script to the screen. From the first reading of the script to locking picture and sound in post-production and beyond as you promote your project, script analysis informs every conversation you have and every decision you make about the work. In this workshop, you learn to read and interpret a script in depth, focus your creativity on the cinematic opportunities of storytelling, and organize and communicate your ideas clearly and effectively to your actors and your crew. Through examples at various stages of production, practical exercises and scene work, you discover the power of script analysis to unlock your creativity and develop a thorough grasp of the material you are directing.
Prior to enrolling in this course, you must select a scene to analyze from before 1980 that is no longer than 2-3 pages and features a maximum of 2 actors. Many can be found here: https://thescriptsavant.com/free. Do not watch the movie, but read the entire screenplay.
You are expected to have taken at least one directing course prior to enrollment. Your instructor will hold an optional screening after the course ends to review final, edited projects.
This course will be held remotely with select In-Person meetings. Students on an F1 Visa are required to attend In-Person classes. Internet access required. Materials required.