This 10-session, 30-hour course explores the role of director in narrative film, and provides a hands-on environment in which students will create their own short film. Taking an intensive hands-on approach into the process of directing films – from designing a tight narrative script to blocking & camera placement, working with actors, production design, and creative direction in the post-production process – culminating in a 5-minute short shot at the end of the course, which is designed to be festival-ready.
The course is divided into 2 parts: first, understanding the relationship directors can build with production heads in every department – writing, production design, cinematography, editing – and second, the process through which a director can work with actors.
This course is offered through the Austin School of Film. Visit ASoF’s official page for the course!
Aesthetics of Editing
The goal of editing is to create a final product that not only maintains continuity, but is both effective and evocative. A good editor can seemingly manipulate time and space, transforming the audience’s experience. Because of this power, editors need to be clear about the purpose of the scene.
This project-based course will discuss the creative relationship between editor and director: how they interact to find the pace and structure of the film. Analysis and screenings of excerpts from selected films will be used to explore the strategies and techniques used by editors to create connections between images. Students will apply knowledge and concepts gained hands-on in their own projects and have the chance for instructor feedback.