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Blocking is the physical movement of the actors relative to the camera, and it's the director's job to ensure a performance feels natural within the technical limitations of the set. When blocking is done without authenticity it can come across fake, and amateurish.

In this module, you will learn how to block the actors, what story cues to look for, how to drive the blocking emotionally, and how to work with the actors to get the best performance possible.
Correct blocking is essential to the story, to the characters, and to the audience but achieving all of that while balancing scheduling and budgeting restrictions is where a truly gifted director shines.


  • 34:22 video taking you through the blocking process
  • Illustrated companion guide
  • Floorplans of the sets on "Castle"
  • Adobe Illustrator template for blocking actors, camera and lighting on set


  • How to determine why the actor moves
  • How to determine where the actor moves
  • How to determine when the actor moves
  • How to determine how the actor moves
  • Macroblocking vs. microblocking
  • How to block depth in the frame
  • How to use floorplans
I am very impressed by the quality of the video that I have been watching. I will strongly recommend to my peers.”
   - Weimin Zhang,
       San Francisco State University