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Fundamentals of Directing

The International Film Institute of New York

Fundamentals of Directing

The International Film Institute of New York
1h 43m
7 modules (view curriculum)

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    1h 43m

Description

An introduction to the craft of directing for beginners, film enthusiasts, and individuals pursuing a career behind the camera. Maybe you have always wanted to be a director. Or maybe you have a dream project that you have always imagined bringing to life. Or you are simply intrigued and want to know more about how movies are made. Over the course of these videos, you will learn the basics of film directing, what directing really is, and the core elements you will need to know and understand to get you on your way. One way or another, by the end of this course, you will never look at movies the same way again.

Modules

04m

What is the job of a director? From controlling the film's artistic and dramatic form, to visualizing teh script, to guiding the crew and actors to the fulfillment of that vision.

05m

There are 3 phases of directing: pre-production, production, and post-production. But within each phase are several steps, such as casting, location scouting, production design, working with actors, developing a score, and so on.

20m

In this lesson we talk about the camera as the narrator, including shot types, composition, angles, movement, and so on. You'll see demonstrations of shots as well as their definitions.

22m

In this lesson we look deeper into composition, including balancing elements within the frame, leading lines, symmetry and patterns, view points, framing, and camera angles.

08m

Learn the essential language of directing camera movement, including pans and tilts, pedestal, dolly, crane, steadicam, and zooms.

07m

In this lesson you'll learn the basics of directing language, such as screen direction, matching eyelines, scene compression, the 30 degree rule, the 180 degree rule, and more.

32m

In this final lesson, we see examples from several films and hear a discussion from IFI students.

About the Educator

With over 24 years of successfully providing a window into the world of filmmaking, the International Film Institute of New York continues to inspire and support individuals on their journey toward either a higher education in film or a foundation to building a career in the industry in a conservatory setting focused on storytelling.

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