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ABOUT THIS MODULE

Directing a movie or a television show involves a lot more than calling action and cut. The director's responsibility involves directing the actors' performances, blocking the actors' and camera's movements, planning the camera coverage, and finding a balance between the creative requirements of the story and the time and financial limitations of production.  All this work begins the very moment a director receives the script.
 
In this module, you will learn how to begin the directing process, read the script for the first time, best prepare long before you even set foot on set, and how to breakdown the script for character and story.

Directors can stay with a single movie for years at a time – start your project on the right foot to make the whole process run smoothly.
 

IN THIS MODULE

  • 30:29 video that explores the beginning of a director's work with the a new project
  • Illustrated companion guide

LEARN

  • How to set up your workspace
  • How to read a script for the first time
  • How to perform a director's breakdown
  • How to break down the script for story
  • How to break down the script for character
  • How to find the tone of the story
"An excellent resource for both the entry level student and advanced student needing a visual refresher. Provides both the beginning teacher and the seasoned veteran with the visual resources to enhance any teaching style."
 
   - Christopher Zydowicz, Bob Jones University
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