Netherlands, Utrecht

Film Directing for Beginners

when 17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1350

A film director translates a story from script to screen. He/she has to be creative, ambitious, a great communicator, collaborator, and an excellent problem solver. During this course, we will cover the various aspects of being a film director. What are the director’s responsibilities? How does a director communicate their vision to the cast and crew? Using both theory and practical exercises, you will learn about the complicated tasks of a film director, with the focus on directing actors and visual storytelling.

To become a film director, you need to have a good understanding of the filmmaking process in its entirety. The first two days we will talk about the different stages from pre- to post-production and take a closer look at the various crew roles on set. Who are the Heads of Department and what are their responsibilities? How does the hierarchy on a film set work and how do the different departments communicate with each other? We will then shift our focus onto the role of the director in particular.

Throughout the two weeks, we will combine theory with practical exercises. You will learn how to break down a script, how to write a director’s vision, and how to communicate this vision to cast and crew. These exercises will help you to advance your skills as well as boost your confidence before you start working with actors.

During the first week, each student will receive a short scene, on which the exercises will be based. The focus will mostly be on the following two aspects:

Directing actors:
How do you direct actors? Are there different techniques? What works and what doesn’t? How do you direct children? These questions will all be discussed in class before we start the practical exercises. Before working with professional actors, you will start directing your fellow students. Not only is this a way to learn from each other, but you will also experience what it is like to be in front of the camera. During the second week we will get professional actors in to work on your scene.

Visual Storytelling:
How do you tell a story visually? What do you show when and how? How do the director and cinematographer work together? We will discuss the above and talk about shot composition and coverage. You will then have to do some practical exercises to apply what you’ve learned.

At the end of the second week, you will be able to use everything that you’ve learned to direct your scene with professional actors.

Course leader

Laura Torenbeek

Target group

This course is designed for anyone who is thinking about becoming a film director. No previous experience required.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to broaden your knowledge, to develop your skills and to boost your confidence in your own work.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1350: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 1000: Course + course materials


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